Clockwise from Top Left Corner:
"Stainless Bowl", stainless, 14 x 14 x 8";
"Book Sconce", steel, 7 x 6x 6";
"Coat Hook", steel, 2.5 x 1.5 x 2";
"Coat Stand", steel, 66 x 18 x 18";
"Bend Coatrack Brass", steel, stainless, and brass, 34 x 9 x 4";
Newly renovated Studio space;
"Firewood Holder", steel, 32 x 12 x 8";
"Wine Rack", steel, 34 x 6.5 x 4"
Iron Design Company shapes steel into inviting and unique articles. Contrary to belief, modern day usage of iron is more accurately steel. Familiar terms such as "wrought" and "forged" describe how iron itself and iron goods were made and continue to be common descriptions of formed steel products. In many ways, our studio is similar to the ages-old iron workshop, yet with a number of modern technical conveniences. We use heat, hammer, and hydraulics to form steel stock; and pencil, clay, and wire to draft and model designs.
Marc Maiorana learned blacksmithing from his father and earned a BFA in Metalsmithing from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He was a resident artist at the Penland School of Crafts (NC) and has taught at Marywood University (PA), Peters Valley Craft Center (NJ), Penland School of Crafts (NC), Yestermorrow Design Build School (VT), and Haystack School of Crafts (ME). Marc has exhibited at the Museum of Design Atlanta, National Ornamental Metals Museum (TN) and Kentucky and Mobile (AL) Museums of Art. His work has been published in five Schiffer books of contemporary metalwork, and featured in American Craft, Audi, Gourmet, Dwell, Food and Wine, Metalsmith, The New York Times, The Washington Post and seen on the DIY Network TV Show: Man Caves. Recently, Marc was awarded a Professional Fellowship from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and his work exhibited and permanently acquired by the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery. His commissions include the Southeast Center of Contemporary Art, Duke University, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery, while his production lines have sold to clients in 20 countries.
In 2014 Marc renovated a 1940’s masonry dairy barn into a metal smithing studio.