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

RVA Mosaic Map Prints

It's been a long time coming, but they are finally here! Last summer Johannah created a series of mosaic maps based on images of the Richmond, VA area. We wanted to have them made into art prints, but this was something entirely new to us. So we took our time and did our research, and we couldn't be happier with the results!

The series includes three images: "Now Entering Richmond," "James River in Richmond," and "Historic Downtown." Each one zooms in a little closer on the city of Richmond, the James River, and the roadways and built environment of the city.

The 8"x10" matte prints were created locally from high resolution digital images of the original mosaic maps on 100 lb. paper. Huge thanks to Uptown Color for guiding us through the process! The prints are available individually and as a set in our Etsy shop, and of course we'll have them with us at craft fairs! Two of the three originals are also available.

Speaking of craft fairs, we've added a last minute addition to our spring show schedule this weekend. Come on out and see the prints in person on opening day for The Carytown Market! This Sunday, May 3 from 11 to 3 in the Wells Fargo parking lot at 3201 W. Cary St. Find something great for your mom in Carytown (maybe a Richmond map print??), plus great food from small scale local producers, local bands, and us, your local artisans, in the new Artisan Booth.

Zoom: A working title for a work-in-progress

Johannah took a short creativity break from the production work of coat racks and pendants to create a series of images of our home base, Richmond, VA.

I've always loved maps. As a kid, I covered the walls of my room with poster-sized National Geographic maps. Today I love to discover hidden spots on maps to explore in real life, and track long trips with our kids. Maps offer a wide variety of information, and sometimes, a new way to look at the world around us.

Here are a few shots of the process so far in creating my new series of maps.

The first piece in the series is a roadmap of the metropolitan Richmond region. I wanted to create a look somewhere between the Google map we know today, and a classic road map. The four tiles on the right are background color options. The top three are glass. I ended up going with the unglazed porcelain at the bottom.

The second piece moves in a bit on the city of Richmond, focussing on the river and human development of the area. This image is based on a satellite image of the region. The river, downtown islands, and densest areas of development are completed here.

The third and final piece is an aerial view of the heart of downtown Richmond. This is a map of historic transportation routes in the city: interstate (completed here), railroad, street roads, and water.

The completed series (and my trusty tea mug) awaiting grout and frames.