Form and Reform
Form and Reform craftsmen combine centuries-old blacksmithing techniques and modern processes to create beautiful and functional pieces of very high quality. The material, steel, is one of the most versatile materials in the world. Form and Reform creates functional shelves, tables, CD stands, vases, mirrors and accessory for the home. Prices range from $12 to $700.
These whimsical sculptures are created with recycled materials such as scrap and rejected garden tools, farm machinery, bicycle and auto parts. When asked about his whimsical birds and critters, artist Rich Kolb says “the things that make us happiest in life when we obtain them are not always the necessities of life, but usually the things that we do not need make us the happiest”. Yardbirds range from $24 to $400. (Dog as shown–$145).
Fountains and birdbaths are made by hand-spinning copper or brass on a lathe. This technique was practiced by the ancient Egyptians. The pyramid stands are crafted from 14 guage welded steel, then finished with five layers of bronze patina. Other stands are finished with a powder coat treatment. All designs can be placed indoors or out. Prices range from $220 to $550.
Working in “America” Raku, Barbara Harnack creates magical one-of-a-kind sculptures, bringing to life the character of people everywhere. She also makes Raku vases with her husband, Michael Lancaster. Raku, meaning “spontaneous dance” is a tea ceremony name dating to the sixteenth century. The works are pulled red hot from the kiln and placed in a barrel of straw, and then, working with the fire, Barbara and her husband continue moving the work in the fire until completed. “My work has been a dialogue between a sense of humor and our own divinity as human beings,” says Harnack. “When I was a girl, I studied with a wonderful puppet maker named Madame Sorrell. I never got over the experience of creating living beings from nothing. As a result my artwork has been a study of character from dark to light. Influences include Marc Chagall, Beatrice Wood, William Steig, antique toys, folk art and the many moments I have delighted in Children's artwork.”
Raku and forged steel accessories, clocks, frames, candlesticks, mirrors and more created by American artists. Prices range from $20 and up.