Artisan House was founded in 1964 by friends and brothers-in-law, Curtis Freiler and Jerry Fels. They employed a stable of artists to carry out the making of designs created by founders Freiler and Fels. These pieces were signed with C. Jere or Curtis Jere, which is a nom-de-plume and combination of both their names. They grew a successful business providing an eclectic collection of decorative sculptures for wall, table, and floors. During the mid-20th century, the C. Jere/Artisan House sculptures and metal work were distributed by Raymor, a well-known name in midcentury collectibles, and sold at Gump’s in San Francisco and other upscale retail establishments. Over the years Artisan House was sold and resold remaining successfully in business today. But it is their vintage treasures that have caught the eyes of leading designers and collectors.