Our studio workspace, like our art, has grown and evolved quite a bit over the years, from the basement, to an addition on the house, and finally to a separate large steel building. This dedicated space houses Steve’s forge and power hammer, Sharon’s kilns and glass in a loft above our small gallery, and a room to assemble our larger works together.
We collaborate on just about everything. Most designs begin at the kitchen table with drawings and folded shapes using paper plates or the backs of envelopes. Sharon brings her love of color, line, and drawing to the table. Steve thinks sculpturally & his second step is often a miniature in clay. Sharon tweaks designs and completes the final drawings to present to the client. Besides his own art, Steve does all of the ancillary metalwork to hold Sharon’s glass and builds the forms necessary to preassemble their larger installations in the studio.
Sharon began her artistic career as a painter and holds a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. In the early 80′s she became active in the Grand Marais Art Colony and moved to the North Shore. Glass is currently her primary medium. Sharon and Steve studied warm glass techniques together in Corning, NY in 2001.
Steve is a member of the Guild of Metalsmiths, MN. He works in forged and cold iron and copper, as well as wood. He studied as a machinist and was a surgical nurse for 27 years, bringing multiple tools and skills to the studio.