About Jay Rotberg

Jay Rotberg’s varied life has ranged from work in institutions for the handicapped to teaching at Boston University and the University of Miami. The one constant has been his woodworking hobby. In 1989, he said, “I’m going to sculpt full time,” and so he did. He left university life, moved to North Carolina, and, in 1997, started JMR Sculptures.

Since then Rotberg’s work has found its way into shops, galleries, personal collections, and museums around the country. His art reflects his beliefs, interests, and loves—the closeness of family, the power of faith, and the unpredictable and delightful itineraries of relationships.

His original sculptures are cast in bronze and then recast using bonded resins. His new metal pieces are cast directly from his wax models and finished with a pewter patina. Rotberg’s resin sculptures are finished in a verdigris patina only.

Get swept up in Jay Rotberg’s popular Simply Love collection. With simplicity and quiet dignity, Rotberg’s creations capture comfort in a hug, depict abandon and joy, convey compassion and understanding, and inspire strength and hope.

Jay Rotberg

Jay sent 27 memorial candle holders to the families in Newtown, CT who lost loved ones. He believes that they were well received.

A Cup of Coffee Please

Jay Rotberg's signature public work piece, "A Cup of Coffee Please," is a reminder of the civil rights movement. It is prominently placed at the Greensboro, NC, Coliseum entrance and is seen by more than a million people yearly.

A Cup of Coffee Please
All My Children

All My Children

"All My Children" is a commissioned bronze sculpture at the Gateway Center for handicapped children in Greensboro, NC. Jay has an advanced degree in the education, supervision, and administration of facilities for handicapped children. For 23 years, he was a professor of special education at the University of Miami and directed all the interdisciplinary special education graduate training programs in the child development center, affiliated with the University of Miami medical school. This involved 15 different disciplines. He was also principal of the school within that facility. This was his second stint as a principal of facilities for handicapped children. He remembers Eunice Kennedy Shriver working/exercising with the children in his school as part of her beginning involvement with the Special Olympics.


Here I am, working on my Simply Love Gift Collection,
from beginning to finished product.

We Love Jay's Work

"How sweet the message was in your note to me. It put a smile on my face. My mom and dad had been looking for the perfect statue for my niece who just got married, and passing this symbol of love onto our new generation meant a lot to them."

—Eileen, a valued customer

"I like your website so much, and if I could afford it, I would have my own private gallery ."

—Kelsey Scott, Actress / Screenwriter / Vocalist,
and valued customer

"The 'Generations to Generations' sculpture is a fitting image to represent our service. It illuminates the cycle of life and celebrates the seven stages of man and woman from birth to old age."

—Susan Cairo, Director/Nurse Practitioner at Family Cancer Risk Services of Saint Thomas Health