Introducing: Lucia Metal Studios

Etsy has been such a great online home for us that we've opened a second shop! This one is dedicated to Kyle's small-scale handforged home goods. You can still find collaborations with Johannah, furniture, and many customer favorites in the Phoenix Handcraft Etsy shop. The new shop is metal only, a place for Kyle to experiment with new product ideas and designs.

Here's a peek at some the items you'll find at LUCIA METAL STUDIOS. Stop by and tell us what you think! 

Among the very first new items Kyle created for the shop was a set of drink coasters in forged steel and cork with a forge steel stand. Protect your surfaces from water rings with clean, modern style. Win win! Next came a set of forged stainless steel kebab skewers. The set of skewers includes six different designs, and best of all, they're dishwasher safe!

Meet the new Altamont Bracket! Heavy duty mantle brackets (above) and the lighter duty shelf bracket (below). Traditional rivets and hammer-texturing plus Kyle's classic clean style give this modern bracket a timeless feel.

And that's just the beginning. Kyle is churning out the new ideas and we're regularly updating the shop. Stay tuned for lots more to come!

7th Annual Art Scientifique

Johannah is excited and honored to have two pieces accepted into the 7th Annual Art Scientifique, hosted by Chris Sorenson Studio and sponsored by California State University Fresno - College of Science and Mathematics. 

A little bit about the show: "Art Scientifique was created to celebrate the beauty that is often found as the result of scientific inquiry. This unique crossover show represents work not only from artists but scientists as well. The artwork displayed represents the wide and diverse nature of science from Astronomy to Zoology and everything between."

The mosaics by Johannah in this show are "Mitosis/ Cell Division" (top) and "Rod & Cones/ Photoreceptor Cells" (bottom). The show opened this week and runs through the end of March. If you happen to be near Fresno, CA this month, stop by and check it out in person!

Mitosis/ Cell Division by J Willsey 2016
Rods and Cones/ Photoreceptor Cells by J Willsey 2016

Residential Lamp Post

Last fall we had the opportunity to create an unusual project for a client we've worked with a few times. That's a winning combination for sure! Take a look at some of the process photos as Kyle and his assistant, Kallen, forged a custom decorative exterior lamp post.

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Kyle (on the left) and Kallen (on the right) bending tube steel to create the curves of the lamp post. You can see the scale (oxidized steel) flaking off the hot steel in this shot.

Above, the top of the lamp post is almost ready to go on the left. On the right, we're priming the lamp post and fixtures (supplied by the client) for paint.

And below, the finished and installed lamp post! Gotta thank the local foliage for providing a gorgeous backdrop for this photo.