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!

Made in RVA Take 2

Next week, we are proud and excited to take part in Made in RVA Take 2. This is the second annual show of local handmade furniture & furnishings hosted by Richmond's awesome independent furniture store, LaDiff. We created three new pieces of furniture as well as a line of mosaics just for this show. Take a peek at a few process photos below, then join us for the opening on Friday, Nov. 18 from 5:30 to 8 pm!

The show will be open during LaDiff's normal business hours through Sunday, Dec. 11. On the last day, come on by for a pop-up show featuring gift options from the participating artisans!

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Kyle created the shelves and body of this media console in cherry. The legs are forged steel with hammer texturing along the length and fold-formed feet. The edges of the shelves are clad in riveted steel.

Johannah is exploring a new-to-her technique of setting tesserae (mosaic tile) directly in mortar, rather than gluing tiles and then grouting over them. This is the method used to create the ancient Byzantine and Roman mosaics, as well as an ever-growing body of gorgeous modern mosaics. She's created a line of miniature and small pieces in this technique using reclaimed and found materials alongside traditional smalti, a thick opaque glass.

Last but definitely not least, Kyle made a pair of sleek-lined end tables with walnut tops and forged solid steel legs.

Come on by the opening reception or stop by in the next few weeks to check out these pieces along with the work of 12 other local artists and artisans, beautifully displayed in the LaDiff show room in Shockoe Bottom. Hope to see you there!