Owner"Creativity and pursuing your passion had always been encouraged in our family. From a very young age I was always drawing and doing crafts projects. So when it came time to choose a career path it was only natural to study art.
I originally went to the University of the Arts with the intention of studying illustration. But a ten-minute welding demonstration led to a not so minor obsession with metal. Most of my time from that moment forward was spent in the metal shop welding together steel sculpture.
As a blacksmith I am fascinated by functional objects, as an artist I respond to natural form, so it seemed fitting to combine the two. Presently this is the focus of my work: creating objects that are beautiful as well as functional. Artwork that is useful as well as collectible."
OwnerMy first exposure to blacksmithing was at the age of eleven when, at the Bellport Brookhaven Historical Society blacksmith shop, I saw a smith working. He was cutting hot steel with a chisel and the red hot shard he cut off hit the dirt and caused it to burn. For some reason, that image was seared in to my memory. The idea that hard cold metal could be shaped in hot with a hammer an anvil blew 11 year old my mind.
A seed was planted and by the age of eighteen, my sister Rachel and I obtained permission to work in that same shop. Little did I know that this early collaboration would lead to a much more significant one years later. I received a BFA in metals in 1998 form SUNY New Paltz. In 1999 I set up my own forge in Bayport, NY and began taking on a wide range of work.
My shop grew and soon it was apparent that it was growing beyond just me. In 2003 my sister and I formed Spirit Ironworks, Inc. Our collaboration has led to much diversity in our work, along with increased quality. Some of my recent commissions include the railing above Public House 49 located in Patchogue, NY, a custom interior railing at 89 North music space also in Patchogue, NY and various art fabrication work for the NY artist; Jeff Koons.