Seattle might be notorious for niche coffee shops and scenic waterways, but locals know it's also home to an array of people who love to create. This city is chock-full of artists who we love to feature weekly on Seattle Refined! If you have a local artist in mind that you would like to see featured, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you're wondering just what constitutes art, that's the beauty of it; it's up to you!
Seattle Refined: How long have you been creating? Do you work with other mediums?
Erica Gordon: I started blacksmithing 20 years ago and have been running my own business since 2003. I work with all metals, that is my focus and my passion.
Can you tell us about your artistic process and how the different stages work into it?
I generally sketch directly in the metal, then go to taking those shapes and playing with them in actual pencil sketches, then back to the studio to continue the process until I have a body of work.
Tell us about where your inspiration for your art come from?
I grew up around handmade objects – wooden spoons, ceramic plates and mugs, iron fire tools and even macramé and weaving.
Living in the handmade world resulted in my path as a designer-artist via the traditional craft of blacksmithing. My apprentice years were spent making architectural ironwork- gates, railings and lighting which now informs my current jewelry and accessories line. I extract architectural lines and shapes from both the built environment and nature to create earrings and necklaces. My designs have been inspired by topography, art deco motifs, traditional ironwork shapes. I am now exploring the emotional meaning of geometry, trying to distill an idea of a one's interior landscape into symbol. I am firmly rooted in the craft tradition and design using heat and hammer, it is a direct, satisfying process.
Making for me is a means of connection: to the history of craft; to the future where the object will outlive me; and to the collector who chooses the object.
Do you have one piece of art that means more to you, or is extremely special to you?
Not really - they are all special
What experiences in your life have affected your art the most?
Growing up around craftspeople and artists have shaped my understanding of the visual and functional world.
What is next for you? Anything you’re working on right now that you’re really excited about?
I' am super excited about my recent release of my two new lines, the GEO and GEM collections. I suffered from a major theft at the turn of the new year and have been re-envisioning and re-building since! It is a thrill to see that process come to fruition in this new work.
Lastly, how do you take your coffee? We ask everyone!