Company Values

Company values or culture are usually topics touted by larger corporations, but even in a micro-business like Phoenix Handcraft, we share certain values that create a company culture.

Environmental Sustainability

Our number one value, priority, and mission is to create work that is environmentally sustainable.

  • We use inherently durable materials. Steel, glass, ceramic, and even wood are long-lasting materials that degrade slowly if at all. When they do break down, the by-products are not toxic to the environment. In addition, did you know steel is the world's most recycled material?
  • We design and create work that is made to last for generations, not end up in a landfill after a few months or years of use.
  • We source our materials from local Richmond and American small, independent companies wherever possible. 
  • We strive to minimize material waste in the production of our work.
  • We use non-toxic, low VOC finishes and adhesives in all our work. We dispose of any chemicals used responsibly.
  • We use recycled/ reclaimed and biodegradable materials in our retail packaging and shipping.
  • We're enrolled with Dominion Green Power, which offsets our energy use through renewable energy certificates.
Our mosaic coat racks combine traditional glass and ceramic with reclaimed material like the floral-patterned plates here. All our frames are made from reclaimed wood.

Our mosaic coat racks combine traditional glass and ceramic with reclaimed material like the floral-patterned plates here. All our frames are made from reclaimed wood.

Community

Creating connection and community is another important part of the work we do as a small business.

  • We work with local groups such as RVA Makers and Richmond Craft Mafia to support their missions in a variety of ways.
  • Collaborations with local artist and maker friends like Join or Die Knives and Christina Boy Design are a fun way to get out of our comfort zone and create something brand new. 
  • We work with local businesses such as Shagbark Restaurant and Vasen Brewing Company to create one-of-a-kind custom fixtures that enhance their public spaces.
  • We collaborate with local businesses like La Diff and Crossroads Art Center to create events that showcase independent handmade businesses for the public.
  • We participate in local art shows such as the 43rd Street Festival of the Arts and the Carytown Artisan Market that allow us to bring our work out into the public and talk with people face to face.
  • We host events in our studio so we can invite people into our space to see how we work.
  • We spotlight the companies we work with and events we attend on our blog using the Local Love category and the community tag.
We worked with La Diff owners Sarah Paxton and Andy Thornton and David Bohnhoff of Bohnhoff Furniture and Design to organize Made in RVA, a month-long show featuring the work of local furniture makers and designers.

We worked with La Diff owners Sarah Paxton and Andy Thornton and David Bohnhoff of Bohnhoff Furniture and Design to organize Made in RVA, a month-long show featuring the work of local furniture makers and designers.

Authenticity

For us, being authentic means we are reliable, responsive, and accountable. We do what we say we're going to do. We keep the lines of communication open. If we mess up, we admit it and make amends. It also means we speak our truth about who we are outside of the business. The lines become very blurry between "family" and "business" when you own a small family business!

Passion

It might go without saying coming from a business built around art, but we are passionate about what we do! We love the act of creating our work, we love owning a small business, and we love being part of the local artist and maker community in Richmond. Most of all, we are absolutely passionate about creating a well-made, beautiful item that fits our customer's needs exquisitely.

These four values account for our greatest priorities in our lives and work over the last seven years. But there's more, of course. Other companies' core values inspire us and resonate with who we are and how we operate. These include "Do more with less" (Zappos), "courage and love" (Whole Foods) and "You can make money without doing evil" (Google).

And there are other values we aspire to incorporate more fully into our work such as equality, diversity, and lifting up those who've been denied opportunity. Just as a person continues to grow and evolve throughout their life, so does a business. And we have many years ahead of us to grow our list of core values!

 

Special thanks to our friend Erin McRoberts of Awl Snap for inspiring this post with her own blog post about responsibility practices in her business.

Fixtures for Vasen Brewing Company

This summer we've been working on a series of fixtures for our friends and neighbors at Vasen Brewing Company. Their beautiful new taproom features the fine work of many local Richmond companies and makers. Stop by to take it all in and grab a pint of one of their specialty farmhouse ales!

We worked with lighting designer Wendy Umanoff to create this large, forged steel chandelier that hangs in the entrance of the taproom. Scroll though the photos to see a few our process shots.

Forged steel chandelier by Umanoff Design and Phoenix Handcraft. Photo by Umanoff Design

When it came time to create a sign for the brewery, our signature folded steel bowls and wall sculptures provided just the right inspiration.

Forged sign on reclaimed wood at the Vasen tasting room

Our next project for the taproom was a foot rail for the bar. We forged the foot rail from heavily textured solid steel round bar, along with coordinating brackets to hold it in place.

Forged steel footrail at the Vasen tasting room bar

Forged steel footrail at the Vasen tasting room bar

And last but certainly not least, we forged steel brackets to support the live-edge drink rails created by our friends at Surface Architectural. Bonus peek of the talented Emily Herr's mural in the background.

Forged bar brackets in the Vasen tasting room

Forged bar brackets in the Vasen tasting room

Out & About in August and September

We're shaking things up a little the next few months with some events out in the wide, wide world that are a bit different from our standard craft shows.

First up, VASEN BREWING COMPANY. Kyle's been working with our newest Scott's Addition neighbors to create custom forged steel fixtures for their tasting room. They opened for business on July 29, so stop by for a cold farmhouse sour brew and check out the forged steel chandelier Kyle created with Wendy Umanoff, as well as the sign and a few other items. Can you spot them all?? 

Forged chandelier created by Umanoff Design and Phoenix Handcraft

Forged chandelier created by Umanoff Design and Phoenix Handcraft

Next up is RVA MAKERS. We're hosting the August meet-up at our studios. Come socialize with area makers and check out Johannah's demonstration of the tools and techniques she uses to create her mosaic artwork. And as a special bonus treat, check out the spaces of our new studio mates, Umanoff Design and Sweet Cheeks All Natural!

In September, Johannah will be the featured Artist of the Month at CHOCOLATES BY KELLY. If you have not had her chocolate, you are in for a treat. Go for the chocolate, stay for the art! Join us for opening night on First Friday, September 1. Johannah will be showing her recent Domestica series as well as work from earlier this year and a few mirrors.

Domestica mosaic series celebrating those everyday objects we often take for granted

Domestica mosaic series celebrating those everyday objects we often take for granted

And we wrap it all up with a return to the 43RD STREET FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS. Rain or shine, nothing beats a craft show in a beautiful, tree-lined historic neighborhood. Come on by and say hello!

Stop by our calendar for full details on all these events! Hope you can join us. We'd love to see you!