Can’t wait to see them… Of course, and I will keep you updated on how everything works out, with photos, etc. Thank YOU for everything, we are thrilled to be using your creations!
On behalf of the entire production staff here on the DIY landscape-renovation series Extra Yardage, I want to thank you for having featured your amazing firebowl product in Season 2 of the show. We are so pleased to have accomplished a dramatic yard transformation with your Bowl O’ Fire firebowl. It’s more a work of art then in firebowl in our opinion; a perfect balance of function, form and affordability. We work with a lot of different companies on our show, but organizing our fire feature portion of the episode 205 build with the John T. Unger Studio went particularly well. The firebowl was so simple to work with and the quality is beyond the standard we strive to use on camera for the series. It’s evident that you hold yourself and your work to a higher standard, and we’re honored be associated with the John T. Unger brand.
Again, the Fire Pits are a perfect fit for Seaworld, San Antonio! They look great! They were amazing and the buzz around here is people want them for themselves!! You really do great work! The pits are absolutely amazing and fit very well with the park! When I get out of a apartment and into a house, I will be buying one of these for my backyard!
Paul Carter, Seaworld San Antonio.
Someone who has embraced the idea of fire as an art centrepiece is John T. Unger, an American sculptor and artist who produces dramatic steel fire bowls, hand drawn and cut, with flame-shaped outlines.
Each firebowl is hand-cut from recycled materials and finished in natural patinas of fiery reds, oranges, yellows, and blacks. Its raised configuration allows gatherers to keep their feet toasty beneath the rim, and warm the rest of their bodies around it without having to lean forward, possibly singing errant follicles of facial hair, or falling in entirely, thus negating the firebowl’s metaphorical profundity about not killing things. Unger’s artistry—and effortlessly-communicated passion—are so apparent in his work that the Great Bowl O’ Fire has decorated the pages of publications ranging from The New York Times to Casual Living magazine.
The Great Bowl O’ Fire looks good! We will have a fire burning in it by the weekend. We then plan to video it and get it loaded on our website. It was encouraging the truck delivery man said he had delivered over 30 of the units to individuals in our area. Hope that’s a good sign of a big market interest. Thanks for the professional follow-up. We hope to have many re-orders.
It is with great pleasure and pride that I read your reaction to Endrée’s work with your fire bowls. While Endrée designs homes from a clean sheet of paper, her true passion is landscaping. She felt that your bowls in the proper setting would provide the pop to make this project stand out. Clearly they had the right effect.
Gilbert Rashi, President, Vision enVert Inc.
I’m very excited to display your work outside of my restaurant… I appreciate you speeding up the process for us. Can’t wait to see the end result!
Alan Crowder, Fiamme
We are very excited to put it up next to our back-lit sign and right next to our patio with flames coming out of the pillars!!! The firebowl looks awesome and we can’t wait to see it all set up!!! The bowl looks AWESOME!!
We love this space and the Great Bowl O’ Fire has created a lot of conversation. It is on permanent display. We have memorial pavers as a base. There are 7 rays that radiate away from the bowl that are made from marble blocks. The end of the ray (away from the bowl) are etched with one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We also have speakers in the area that can heated inside & outside the church. It is a wonderful space that we are very proud of! Will do my best to get you more photos soon.
Mary Doris McCubbins, Coordinator of Ministries & Volunteers,
St. Lawrence Church
The brazier worked great! We’re really pleased. It added a wonderful element to our Vigil and the lighting of the paschal fire. People like its symbolism and functionality!
The Rev. J. Brian Ponder, Episcopal Church of the Resurrection
I just had to call a Liturgist friend of mine in Des Moines and brag a bit! I told him “I now have the coolest Easter Vigil firepit in the country!” He said, “It’s not a contest, Vicky,” and I said, “Oh yes it is! Haven’t you been paying attention!?!”
Victoria Tufano, Director of Liturgy, Ascension Church
Love, love, love my Great Bowl O’ Fire. I put wild flowers in it for the summer and have a pile of fire wood waiting for it this Fall. Yahoo! I’ll try to take some pics this weekend. It’d be fun to be featured on your website. Just so you know, I bought the firepit with inheritance from my dad, Vernon. He died last summer after a brief bout with cancer. I think of it as his last gift to me. In fact, I paid a pro to design our entire backyard into a really cool garden and your firepit was the very first element I picked out and received. I get soooo many compliments on it.
This will be placed on the bank of the Black River, Georgetown County, SC, a tidal river in the woods, an area my family has lived since the 1700’s. It will be beautiful among the poke weed, passion flowers, snakes, ants, and everyone will love it! My 70th birthday present to myself, a few months early! I live in Missouri where my husband is from, but my soul still lives in SC. We will send pictures. Thank you for enriching my life.
I am the 81 year old woman whose extreme garden makeover was the subject of a front page article in today’s Home section of the New York Times. I tell you this only to convince you to move me to the head of the line! I have a new, used-brick paved 12 by 15 space in my renewed garden where I want to roast peppers and eggplant, and I’ve rejected everything I’ve seen until I saw your fire bowl. What would I need to do to get one? I know this is a long shot!!! You are such an artist!
[later email] Thanks John. I ordered your Great Bowl O’ Fire and will send you a picture of it when the garden is completed and your bowl installed. I never make impulsive decisions, especially expensive ones— but this was one. A bunch of people put up a website for me and others contributed money to help rebuild my garden (see what the garden looked like the day it was destroyed!) I’ve got just about enough for your firebowl and it seems the most appropriate use of it. I’m thrilled.
Traversing the downward slope of my front yard in a southwest to northeast flanking movement, I met the driver at the rear of his semi as he came around the blind side of his rig. After greeting each other with a hello, the trucker reached for the locking mechanism on the trailer’s rear door and said, “What the hell did you buy?” With such a reaction from him I knew I was about to gaze on something special. As the door began to roll up its guide rails, I told him, “It is a fire pit,” but what was being revealed to us as the metal curtain rose was no mere fire containment system; it was a sculpture, a work of art.
Though upside down and secured with jute twine to a shipping palette, we stood for a moment and admired it. Then cutting it free from its bonds we lifted it, sat it down in the road and stood there again marveling at your work. “It’s called The Great Bowl O’ Fire,” I told the trucker without taking my eyes off of it. “Yes. Yes it is,” was his reply also with his stare locked in place. Finally realizing that more had to be accomplished this day than looking at the beautiful contours of the flames and the Phoenix wings that you cut into the rust patina coated bowl’s thick metal, we grabbed the handles and carried your piece around the house and placed it on the new flagstone patio that the Great Bowl O’ Fire is now the centerpiece of.
Needless to say Karin, my wife and the driving force in our purchase of your wonderful sculpture, was overjoyed when she got home from work and saw it. We decided then that The Great Bowl O’ Fire needed to be shared. On the next Saturday, a crisp autumn evening, we had friends over for the inaugural first fire and to share in a big pot of chili, drink hot spiced wine, or cold crisp beers, and toast marshmallows. It was a great celebration that went on until 3:00AM Sunday morning, when we finally put the fire to rest. Your Great Bowl O’ Fire truly enhanced the festivities that evening.
A spoiled-sport might say that the Great Bowl O’ Fire would be superfluous to the enjoyment, that people are drawn to fire and would have a good time regardless of what the flames are burning in. But I watched my guests sitting around the Great Bowl O’ Fire. Their eyes didn’t just look into the flames blazing in middle of the bowl, their sight kept moving following over the edges of the scrolling cuts and watching the interplay between real fire and metal fire; they could envision your Phoenix perform its shadowy rise from out of the flames. It was more than an evening in front of a campfire toasting marshmallows, it was a happening. Your Great Bowl O’ Fire will be the place to gather in a circle and share in the outer warmth that it will radiate, and in that close knit gathering, inner warmth will also be generated and shared amongst our family and friends. The Great Bowl O’ Fire will be the focal-point for many more happenings in our future. Thank you for making such a splendid, fun, and thought provoking object of art.
Karin and Keith I.
John, I am so pleased with my Firebird Grill — it’s a delight to the eye as well as being great to use. And what unbelievable service — ordered on Wednesday — received on Saturday!
My middle-son— a college sophomore home for Christmas break— and I built a big fire last night and enjoyed the Bowl o’ Zen from about 9:30PM to past midnight. It was 15 degrees out. We had a lot of fun. The fire became intensely hot. It burned blue flame. It appeared that the sides of the bowl funneled cold air into the coals. Additionally, cold air may have been pulled into the coals from the bottom hole. It was very interesting. We have been burning white oak which leaves almost no ash.
Just want to say how proud and excited we are about our Blaze O’ Glory Brazier. We love having an adjustable height for the fire, and it has added a new focus to our evenings outdoors that was much needed. It’s beautiful, mysterious, and a perfect compliment to the flames. We absolutely love it, and our friends do, too.
Just received the Great Bowl O’ Fire and the only thing we can say is AMAZING!! It is incredible and exceeded our expectations. The freight driver was also so impressed that he too was planning to check out your website. Now we have to begin the landscaping project so it can be enjoyed for years, decades, and maybe even centuries to come. Thanks for sharing your creativity…we could not be more pleased!
Geoff and Lisa J.
We finally finished updating our deck with the Great Bowl O’ Fire as the focal point. Compliments have been plentiful and this addition has pulled our project together beautifully. As promised, I’m attaching a picture for you to see. Thanks for helping us create an outstanding gathering area on our deck.
Dave and Jill K.
Surfing around the Web and Googling fire pit trying to figure out all the details on how to build your own out of concrete, brick, etc. Then, happily, your link came up and my search and troubles were both over. I am so stoked about it that I hired a guy to build a 10′ x 12′ screened porch, and he is just about finished. The Bowl will go just beyond that for excellent fall adventures. Thank you!!
John, I received my fire bowl today and can’t wait to christen it. It is beautiful and perfect! I’m pretty sure I got the best one you have ever made! The FedEx guy said it caused quite a stir at both the warehouse and the dispatch dock—no one had ever seen anything like it! Thank you for your excellent work and I certainly appreciate your creativity and talent. I hope you will be getting many more customers as my friends visit and see and enjoy my fire bowl.
We just had to email and tell you how much we LOVE the new firepit we purchased from the little nursery in Pontiac, MI. Of course we are loving having outdoor fires, but also it is a beautiful piece of art to enjoy in the backyard as well. You made our summer!!
Don and Sue C.
We are very excited about our firebowl! The evenings here in South Carolina have just started to cool down. I was online trying to find a fire pit for our new deck and ran across your site. I just had to have one! I have told my friends I have ordered a piece of art and not a fire pit! We are looking forward to nights out on the deck watching the flames from your creation!
John, What a great fire pit! Received Friday… had a fire going Friday night and kept it stoked til late last night!
Wow!!!! I am looking forward to having it – saw the piece in the New York Times yesterday, looked at your website, acted on a whim and now it’s on its way. Magic…
Mary Carroll P.
Thank you thank you thank you John! I’m so excited because guess what, I’m having a birthday party for my daughter (which I do every year) in my garden/yard and this year—one of our friends asked to do a joint party so we have people like the ex/mayor of Ketchikan, a retired judge and director of Allen Tours coming! So your brazier will get a lot of exposure!
Just wanted to let you know that the firebowl is awesome and we are getting great use out of it. Many of our friends have inquired about its origins. You may want to open a small shop here in the Hamptons.
Hi John, Thanks so much for emailing me back. Great customer service. I’m really excited to have one of your pieces of art on my patio. I think your work is beautiful! Can’t wait to see it in person.
It’s here and he’s not (my husband). This could not have been timed better. It’s already “wrapped” and hidden from sight.
GOODNESS GRACIOUS, IT’S A GREAT BOWL OF FIRE!!!!!
Word has it that you’ve been moved to the top of “Santa’s Greatest Elf” list…It’s absolutely beautiful, and I’m ever so grateful that you were able to make this happen…
John, again, thank you soooo much for your help and your art!!! … You are truly my Christmas Angel!
THANK YOU, bunches!
The Great Bowl O’ Fire proves that taking a torch to a flammable gas storage tank can occasionally create something besides a massive explosion. A closer look at sculptor John Unger’s poetic take on flames housing flames reveals one stylized blaze in the shape of a phoenix rising through the embers. It’s just one part of his firebowl’s multi-layered metaphor for rebirth, and transforming entities and elements of destruction into beauty that enhances life.
The Great Bowl O’ Fire is just brilliant. Very Celtic. I would strip naked, paint myself blue, stock it with peat, and dance around it under a full moon.
Seriously … that’s some cool work. I believe Perez Hilton would use the term amazeballs, which makes no damn sense and is more than a little precious.
Wish I had the bucks. I’m not kidding about the peat. That would just be perfect. And maybe a glass of single malt.
We purchased a Waves O’ Fire firebowl a few months ago as part of a renovation to our home in Atlantic Beach, FL. It is a beautiful work of art, and has drawn numerous compliments. More importantly, it has become the spot that we gravitate to with friends for great conversation around the mesmerizing flames. Thank you for creating such a great piece of functional art.
Just a quick thanks for your wonderful work and prompt delivery of our fire pit. It was just what we’d hoped for and the perfect addition to our patio. Many thanks for your fine work. The Waves O’ Fire fire pit was exactly what we’d hope for and is lighting up our Jersey Shore community wonderfully.
Greetings from Iowa. Glad to hear we filled your desire to have your works in all states in the US.
We finally got the natural gas ran to the Isosceles firebowl we purchased a few weeks back. We placed it on a simple pedestal on our new paver patio.
My wife and I spent months researching the right fire effect within our budget and our search always returned to the Isosceles. Though I had reservations when we purchased, you crafted a design that we couldn’t be more pleased with. It has met all our expectations. It is all about how the fire interacts with the firebowl – awesome…..
We appreciate the additional gift in the Eternal Flame Sculptures and have incorporated them in our patio design.
Keep up your exceptional work.
Lots and lots of rave reviews on your firebowl John! It made a great addition to our New Year’s party! We’re very happy with it— thanks.
Thank you for your beautiful work. The Big Bowl O Zen brings us great pleasure and I am continually asked where I got it and I of course pass on the website.
WOW! The Waves O’ Fire arrived last week, Thursday. It’s beautiful!! Thanks so much for your creative talent and your professional business management. Combined they’ve given us a beautiful work of art that will be the focus of many happy memories.
We’re really enjoying our Great Bowl O’ Fire, whether burning or not. Almost without fail, whenever someone sees it for the first time, they comment, That’s the coolest firepit or something to that effect. I always tell them to check out your site. Keep up the good work.
I received the Great Bowl O’ Fire a week or two ago – still assembling the last few pieces in order to set it up and light it for its first fire, but I just wanted to complement you on it – it is an absolutely great sculpture! Better than I hoped. We plan to have many nice nights around it over the next few months… Thanks and regards,
I had seen a reference to you a few months ago and thought a gift to my sister would be appropriate, She has recently built a beautiful summer home on Puget Sound. I also just returned from a vacation India and saw cremations taking place along the sacred Ganges River. I suggested to her that we could use the Waves O Fire for a new family tradition of ritual cremations! (I don’t think she thought that was a good suggestion).
We contacted John Unger when we were completing a renovation of our backyard in Redlands, California. With the hardscape and most of the landscape complete, we were looking for just the right accessories to set things off. We love and appreciate artisan-made items and when we saw John’s fire bowls we knew one of them would be perfect for the space. We chose the “Great Bowl of Fire” and were very pleased with John’s efficient response and prompt delivery. His artistry has enchanced our outdoor space and brings joy every time we sit beside it. It’s so beautiful! We’re really pleased. Thanks so much for adding to the beauty of our backyard renovation.
LOVE the firebowl. We’ve had a couple of fires & are planning a get together this weekend. Attached is a pic of bowl and a portion of the landscaping we’ve completed – grass seeding is close to follow!
Thank you, thank you, thank you! I received the fire bowl today and it is sitting in my foyer waiting to be installed!
I love it, I keep thinking that it is perfect, but then I have to remind myself that it should be, when designing the backyard the dimensions for the bowl were the first design I spray painted into the dirt, everything else came after.
Saw the fire bowl today….wow….was only upside down on the pallet and still looks amazing!!!!!! We can’t wait to see it installed.
I think your fire bowls are amazing. Have you heard of a event called burning man? Are your bowls transportable? I noticed some of your designs have the Phoenix incorporated in the design.My Goal is to go to burning man this year and join my Brother and Sister in law who have gone for many years. My Mom passed in May so this my way of helping me move forward. My brother has a amazing picture of the Golden Gate Bridge that has a vision of the Phoenix that looks like it is on fire. He has sad connection with the Bridge, his only Son jumped from the Bridge 5 years ago. I just went to a spiritual ceremony he has started for other people who have lost loved ones the same way . It would be really cool to take one to burning man and be able to set it up at his camp. I would probably be able to find someone to load it to get it there.A smaller version would be more affordable at this time.
I got the bowl! It is magnificent!! I feel that it really was meant to be here. Absolutely perfect for our house and happened at such a right moment. Thank you, thank you thank you! And one more THANK YOU for your generous and beautiful gift! I found a great place for it. I will be in touch, tell you how the fire starting ceremony will go and sent you the new pictures.
I chose the bowl of fire because it’s a perfect piece of art. You have made something beautiful out of recycled material. As much as I like eco friendly art, it all too often falls short of being something spectacular, which is what you have achieved. Our family enjoys our yearly 4th of July celebration here at our home because we have a beautiful 180 degree view of the San Francisco Bay. The fire bowl adds a warm place to sit when the winds are a bit chilly. You have helped me create a place that I truly love. Thanks ever so much.
Please know that we are loving your firepit , it is beautiful and you are very talented to create these beautiful designs.
I’ve been meaning to let you know…our fire bowl arrived safe and sound and we love it! We’ve gotten so many compliments, and couldn’t be more pleased with how it looks on our patio!
Just wanted to let you know that I received the bowl and must say it is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! I couldn’t be more delighted with this piece which seems like it was designed specifically for my home. An amazing piece of living art. A thousand thanks.
We’re moving into a high rise apartment and have converted our 37 Firebowl O’ Zen into a coffee table – placed cherished pebbles brought home from Positano in the bottom, added thick glass top, and woo hoo!. Hope these photos serve your purpose. Moving from a house with lots of outdoor space to a high rise is causing us to make some tough decisions on treasured possessions. We’re happy that this worked so well.
I purchased a 30″ Waves of Fire sculptural firebowl from John in 2010. It looks stunning next to my patio and pergola.
Placed an order for the King issoceles 37 inch firebowl and am extremly pleased with the quality, craftmanship, and timely delivery.
This was an exceptional addition to our back patio area, which has caught the attention of neighbors as well.
John’s work is not only gorgeous, he’s a pleasure to work with. He answered my emails quickly, professionaly and warmly. I was very impressed with both the quality of his work (our firepit is gorgeous) and the quality of his customer service. I can’t recommend him highly enough.
The fire bowl is absolutely amazing! We are in awe. Thank you so much for getting it to us so quickly.