Roland Greefkes

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Roland Cornelis Greefkes (born May 27, 1941) is a third-generation master iron smith.


Born in The Hague, Netherlands, he is the son of Marie Johanna Veltman Greefkes and Cornelis Greefkes, the foremost art smith in the Netherlands after World War II.[citation needed] He earned a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Toronto in 1968, and later spent several years traveling in the Middle East and India before returning to the Netherlands to work with his father. Upon emigrating to the United States in 1977, he worked for several years in Baltimore, then established Aesthetica, his smithy in upstate New York, bearing the same name as his late father's smithy in The Hague.


Paradise Gate by Roland C. Greefkes for the garden of Tasmanian writer Sara Douglass

His wrought iron work is characterized by strong representations of nature, freely interpreted in his own style, yet rooted in his father's Art Deco influence. To quote an article by Lee Fleming in Garden Design Magazine,

"Although schooled in the design traditions of the past, Greefkes finds inspiration in the evanescent drama of the natural world that surrounds his forge. . . . His designs are dynamic; the natural world they mirror is active, evolving, and often filled with humorous visual anecdotes." (September/October, 1993)

Some of his major works are a driveway gate for Yoko Ono, a firescreen for Bette Midler, firescreens for Blythe Danner and Bruce Paltrow, and a table for Eagles guitarist Don Felder. His "Paradise Gate", an intricate garden gate commissioned by Australian fantasy writer Sara Douglass, is installed in her garden in Tasmania. His liturgical wrought iron pieces are in several churches up and down the East Coast of the United States.


  • Meilach, Dona Z.; The Contemporary Blacksmith (Schiffer, 2000);
  • Meilach, Dona Z.; Fireplace Accessories (Schiffer, 2002);
  • Garden Design, September/October 1993;
  • Garden Design, 2003;
  • House and Garden, November 1990;
  • Kaatskill Life, Summer 2006 &
  • New York Times, July 17, 1989.

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