A few words about me...
I love to move metal. Using the traditions of blacksmithing as a stepping off point, my organic aesthetic enlivens the fluid movement of the functional and sculptural ironwork I create. Via the fire, metal becomes an almost fluid substance, influenced easily by the strike of a hammer, snap of the wrist or twist of the body, thus allowing the potential of the material to grow, move and be free.
I use recycled materials when I can. I often see forms in objects and must release them. Giving life and respect to something as banal as an old section of rail or small chunks of stock cut from the end of a newel post makes me feel alive.
In addition to my functional and sculptural pieces, I work on a smaller scale creating adornments, both for the body and home. Much of it utilizes steel and wrought iron, some of it beginning as recycled or salvaged material. I also work with mokume gane, a traditional Japanese technique using multiple layers of non-ferrous material to create a finished product with a “wood grained” surface. I build, fire and forge my billets from scratch enabling me to create unique, one of a kind pieces.
I began pounding metal in the mid 1990's. My first project began with found materials. Working heavy metals into an old concrete parking block for texture and then bending the work hardened material into spiral votive holders. Taking a job at Ironique in 97’ I was introduced to fire, pretty hammers, and big anvils. It is all I’ve known since.