Peters Valley turns 50

Image: Marc Maiorana, Tom Maiorana

Peters Valley School of Craft turned 50 this fall, and while most of the festivities were virtual, they continued as planned with an exhibition at the Hunterdon Art Museum: From the Ground Up: Peters Valley School of Craft. The exhibit features an array of Peters Valley artwork spanning 1970 to today and is on display until January 10, 2021. Mask up and check it out!

Also, Dad and I decided to postpone our co-taught forging class at Peters Valley until summer 2022. Stay tuned for more details in the future.

Peters Valley Virtual

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Image: Peters Valley Screenshot

Like everything everywhere, Peter’s Valley School of Craft cancelled it’s summer workshop season, as well as it’s 50th anniversary celebrations.  Yet! you can still participate virtually and see lectures, gallery exhibitions, and a snazzy new video of the school.  Our canceled class will be rescheduled for next summer, so stay tuned for details.  Till then check out Peters Valley for more info!


Father and Son at Peters Valley

Image: Tom and Marc Maiorana

Long overdue, and for the first time ever, I will be co-teaching a blacksmithing class with my father Tom at the Peters Valley School of Craft this June in New Jersey.  To add to the sentiment, Peters Valley is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary, and as Jersey natives, we are proud to be part of the teaching line up to help celebrate.

Class Dates: June 19th – 23rd

Check out Peters Valley School of Craft for more info

Penland Iron

Image: Penland Iron Class “Form Follows Steel”

Thank you first session Iron for a great class and Penland for all you do.  It was rewarding watching you conquer an intimidating space and make it your own.  Can’t wait to see what you make next!

Check out Penland School of Craft for workshop information


Penland Benefit Auction

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Image: “Coatrack Couplet”

Here is a sneak peak at my Penland School of Crafts Benefit Auction donation: “Coatrack Couplet”, steel and stainless steel, fully functional.  This year’s auction is August 9th and 10th, check out Benefit Auction for more information.

Also Penland.. I’m teaching first session May 26th-June 7th, visit Penland First Session for more information on class descriptions and signing up.

Exhibition at the Metals Museum

Crafting A Legacy 2019

The Metal Museum is displaying a work of mine from their permanent collection in the exhibit: Crafting A Legacy: 40 Years of Collecting & Exhibiting at the Metal Museum.  The featured work is a forged Spatula I made while a resident artist at the Penland School of Crafts.

Exhibition dates: February 3rd – May 12th, 2019

Visit: Metals Museum for more information


Focus Exhibit at Penland School of Crafts


New Iron Design coat stands and additional items are featured at the Penland School of Craft’s Focus Gallery in Penland, NC. The exhibit runs October 6th – November 12th.

Check out: Penland School of Crafts

Also I’m coming out of my teaching hibernation and will be teaching next June at the Haystack School of Crafts. Second session, June 24th to July 6th, 2018.

Check out: Haystack Mountain School of Crafts


Penland School of Crafts

Pictured is a pitcher, part of a recently completed commission for the Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC. The commission involved reimagining a selection of Appalachian hand crafts that were made at Penland and used to promote the school at the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago. The additional objects ranged from a weaving to a candle lit sconce, all fashioned in stainless steel.

Check out the Penland School of Crafts

New Penland Book

Penland School of Crafts in Penland, North Carolina just published a book highlighting it’s resident artist and core fellowship program. Titled Inspired, the book pays homage to the success of the two programs, helping transform eager young artists into professionals and making western North Carolina an epicenter for handmade. I was a resident artist in 2002, it’s an honor to be featured.

Penland School of Crafts

“Line” Exhibition in Asheville

Blue Spiral Gallery in Asheville, NC is hosting an exhibition called “Line“, featuring artisans whose work showcases strong linear elements. Look for a selection of our metalwork, including a unique aluminum chandelier. The exhibition runs from July 1st- August 26th, check it out-

Blue Spiral Gallery

Also, a large looping steel sculpture of mine is on view at the William King Museum in Abingdon, VA. Check out: Out in the Open: Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition.

William King Museum

Nice Niche

Check out Iron Design this week on the artist featured website The Nice Niche. Click back through older features to find a selection of all types of makers. Special thanks to Ryan for the invitation.

See more at:
The Nice Niche

Max Craft

Check out the newly opened exhibition Maximum Craft hosted by the Signature Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia. Special thanks to gallery owner Carr McCuiston for the invite, our Bend Coatracks are on display.

Visit Signature Gallery to see more

Renwick Gallery Coatrack

New custom coatrack for the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC.

The Renwick Gallery recently reopened after two years of renovations, check out the Renwick Gallery and their opening exhibit Wonder.


I’ll be a visiting artist and lecturer at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Artists Now! series December 2nd, 7:30pm.

Check out Artists Now! for more info


-Our renovation of a 1940’s masonry dairy barn for the new workshop is almost complete and will fire up next month.

-The first project in the new studio will be an andiron for the CEO of WordPress.

-I’ll be featured in a new book by the Penland School of Crafts honoring their artist residency and core student program, I was a resident artist from 2002-2005.

-We’ve been selected to design metalwork for the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery.

-April 2015 we’ll be at the Smithsonian Craft Show, DC.

-November 2015 I’ll be giving a lecture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

-In August 2016 I’ll have a solo show at the William King Museum, VA.

-The American Craft Council has nominated me as one of five finalists for their 2015 Emerging Voices Award, the winner will be announced in 2015.

Thank you all for your patience during our year of transition-

Metalsmith Magazine

Check out the current issue (vol.34) of Metalsmith magazine for a multipage feature on my work.

Also, I’ll be a lecturer at the Society of North American Goldsmiths conference in Minneapolis, April 23-26.

We are renovating an old barn into our new workshop, we will be back in action this summer. Thanks for your patience, please continue to email questions and orders.

IDC is Moving

We are moving house and studio, and will be taking orders on select items only during this time. Thank you so so much for your patience. Pictured is a sneak peak of a new design, which will also be the center pieces at the Penland School of Crafts benefit auction.

American Craft Magazine just released their first digital only design issue, and we made the cut. The theme is great design, and, along with some new stories, it contains reprints from recent years

I’ll have old and new work in the exhibition: They Used to Work Here: Art by Haystack’s Summer Assistants hosted by the Haystack School of Crafts in Maine.

My gate included in the exhibition: 40 under 40: Craft Futures at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery has been permanently acquired and is on public display.

VMFA Fellowship Award

Good news, I won a 2013 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship. Twelve of us from across the state of Virginia won top honors, the VMFA also gives awards to graduate and undergraduate art students. We’ll be in Richmond on March 8th for the reception.
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Still on view at the Museum of Design Atlanta is The South’s Next Wave: Design Challenge including my unique hand railing. The exhibit is open to the public until March 31st, and you get to vote for your favorite set of designers!
Museum of Design Atlanta

We are getting ready to move and will be low on items till later this Spring. Feel free to email any questions in the meantime.

My gate included in the exhibition: 40 under 40: Craft Futures at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery has been permanently acquired and is on public display.
Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery

James Renwick Alliance Weekend

This weekend I’ll be in Washington, DC as a guest artist for the James Renwick Alliance’s distinguished artist series. The James Renwick Alliance supports the Smithsonian Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery and promotes contemporary craft. Four times a year they bring in artists to demonstrate and lecture about the work they make, check out the JRA website or contact us for exact times and locations.

James Renwick Alliance website
Smithsonian Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery website

The exhibition 40 under 40: Craft Futures is still on view at the Renwick Gallery. You have till February 3rd to see the show!

Also still on view at the Museum of Design Atlanta is The South’s Next Wave: Design Challenge including my unique hand railing. The exhibit is open to the public until March 31st, and you get to vote for your favorite set of designers.

Museum of Design Atlanta website

Wine Rack Press

Our Wine Rack is featured in the latest issue of the Hong Kong Economic Times in an article highlighting all things wine.

Also a UK company, Winewares, has included us in their “10 Incredible Modern Wine Rack Designs” list on their blog. You can see the list at: Winewares

American Craft Magazine

The Oct/Nov issue of American Craft magazine features those of us who are in the 40 under 40: Craft Futures exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC.


Look for our iron at the Museum of Design Atlanta in an exhibition called: The South’s Next Wave: Design Challenge. The show opens November 11th – March 13th 2013 and pairs interior designers with product makers in a competition to design the best vignette.


We will have food related iron in the upcoming exhibition: Good Enough to Eat: The Fusion of Food and Craft at the Craft in America Study Center in Los Angeles, CA. The show runs November 17th – January 19th 2013.

Studio Based Learning

Just returned from teaching a high school workshop in Deer Isle, ME at the Haystack School of Crafts. Studio Based Learning invites local high school students to take workshops at the school, students in my blacksmithing class each made their own mobile.

Check out Haystack

The traveling exhibition Iron:2010 (and our Andiron) is on it’s final leg of exhibiting at the Fuller Craft Museum. The show is up till October 7th.

Check out Fuller Craft Museum

40 under 40

The exhibit 40 under 40: Craft Futures opened last week at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC. Pictured is Marc with his father Thomas, standing next to Marc’s Renwick Gate, created for the exhibition. 40 under 40: Craft Futures will be up till February 2013.

Check out the museum’s website to learn who’s in the exhibition, press coverage, and how you can help support the Renwick.

Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery

Southern Made

Last weekend our Wine Rack was featured in the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Thanks to Linda Jerkins for the write up in the paper and also including us in her blog: Southernfinds.

Check out: Southernfinds

New Coat Rack Design

Thanks to everyone who visited us at the 2012 Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington, DC. We had a great show, won an excellence in design award, and took home handfuls of orders.

The new coat rack design is now available on-line, with additional photos of the black version coming soon.

Maker of the Week

The UK based Woodworkers Institute recently featured us as makers of the week. The website reviews woodworking techniques/products and also introduces artisans in various materials.

Woodworkers Institute

Also.. we recently received this email from Maria in Mexico who purchased a Wine Rack:

I’ve been meaning to write to you to let you know that I live on the ninth floor of a 15-story-high building and during the last earthquake we had in Mexico City last week, even though walls and floors were shaking, your wine rack, fully stocked, kept my wine bottles intact! 😉

So thanks again for a wonderful design.

Wine Racks on Man Caves TV Show

Tune in January 27th to see our Wine Racks on the DIY Network TV show Man Caves.
This celebrity episode is at the home of NBA star Kris Humphries, look for three of our Wine Racks installed in the bar/lounge area of the renovation.

Tune In
January 27, 2012
9:00 PM e/p
January 27, 2012
12:00 AM e/p
January 28, 2012
12:30 PM e/p
January 28, 2012
7:30 PM e/p
January 29, 2012
10:30 AM e/p

Man Caves

Beijing’s Sunshine Magazine

Our Wine Racks are featured in the October issue of Beijing’s Sunshine magazine, a fashion publication. Special thanks to Amy Meng for seeking us out.

Also, visit the design/craft website Handful of Salt for an article composed by guest curator Ray McKenzie. The article includes our Candlesticks and a handful of other work. Thanks Ray.

Mezzaluna in Food and Wine

Check out the November issue of Food and Wine magazine to find our Mezzaluna displayed in an article featuring hand-made cookware. Special thanks to writer Kristin Donnelly for seeking us out and composing the review.

Studio Based Learning

Recently returned from teaching a short workshop at the Haystack School of Crafts in Deer Isle, ME. In the Fall, Haystack offers the great opportunity of working with one’s hands to the local high schools. The students in my blacksmithing workshop each designed and created a finished mobile.

Look up Haystack School of Crafts for more workshop information.

American Craft Magazine

Check out the August/September issue of American Craft Magazine for a two page spread on our ironwork (pages 14 & 15). Titled Strike a Balance, the feature displays a handful of images and dives into Marc’s introduction to blacksmithing. Special thanks to senior editor Julie Hanus for composing the article.

American Craft Magazine: Strike a Balance

Living with Style

Special thanks to Francois Roy and Plaisirs de Vivre (living with style) for featuring our Andiron in their May issue. The article titled Room to Move presents ten items “whose uplifting designs are bound to bring joy to jaded souls”. Great magazine, be sure to investigate.

May issue of Plaisirs de Vivre

Tributaries: Marc Maiorana

The National Ornamental Metals Museum in Memphis, TN hosts a handful of small solo exhibitions (called Tributaries) throughout the year to showcase innovative metalwork. Marc will display a summary of two recent groups of work Draw and Settle, in addition to a newly made gate for the upcoming 40 under 40 at the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Tributaries: Marc Maiorana will be on view May 13-July 7, 2011
Come out to the opening May 20th and say hi, we will be there!

More Metal Museum info

Ironwork in Renwick Gallery Exhibition

Marc’s ironwork will be included in the exhibition: 40 Under 40: Craft Futures at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum July 20, 2012. Each participating artist’s work will be acquired by the museum for its permanent collection; Marc will be making a small custom gate for the event. Craft Futures will tour nationally after the exhibition closes in Washington, D.C.

40 under 40: Craft Futures
Renwick Gallery
July 20, 2012 – February 3, 2013

Visit the Renwick Gallery for more info

Washington Post article featuring Marc

Last stop for Different Tempers

The traveling jewelry and blacksmithing exhibit Different Tempers is on show for the last time at the University of Texas at El Paso. The survey of contemporary metal work includes two sculptures by Marc, and has been traveling since 2009. Different Tempers was curated by Metalsmith magazine editor Suzanne Ramljak and organized by The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, a regional center of the University of North Carolina.

January 27 – March 26 2010 / Opening January 27, 2010

Much Obliged

Many thanks to all the various design blogs and websites that have featured our work. Here is a current sampling from the web of Iron Design Company hosts.

Check them out-

Iron on Tour

Come visit us at the 16 Hands Studio Tour in Floyd, VA this holiday weekend November 26-28th. Floyd, VA is home to a handful of artisans in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains who open their studios twice a year to host a sale and invite guest artists to participate. We will be graciously hosted by potter Silvie Granatelli.

Visit the 16 Hands Studio Tour web-site for maps and everything Floyd.

Andiron in NYC Hotel

Opening this November, the recently completed luxury hotel The Setai in New York City will feature our commissioned Andiron in their lobby fireplace. Found at 400 Fifth Avenue, The Setai soars more than 60 stories above the famed Midtown stretch of Manhattan’s Fifth Ave.

Also, Iron Design Company will be a guest artist at the 16 Hands Studio Tour in Floyd, VA on November 26-28th.
More details at: 16 Hands

IDC in International Metals Newspaper

Castings and Forgings News contacted and featured Iron Design Company and our products in their October newspaper. Based in the Netherlands, Castings and Forgings News covers the latest developments in the global industrial metals trade, and with each issue reserves space in their periodical for interesting metal designers. We were also in luck with our timing, as CFN is distributing their newspaper at a couple of October trade shows.

E-mail us if you would like to read the article:

Iron exhibit in Raleigh

Rebus Works gallery in Raleigh, NC is hosting an invitational Iron exhibition, showcasing a handful of contemporary iron mongers. Our similarly flowing Wine and Coat Rack are included in the exhibition. Opening reception Oct 9th 5-8pm.

For those near by, stop in and see the show.
For those not near by:

Custom Iron

Occasionally we take on a custom architectural project, and featured here is a recently completed patio gate. Fully functional, the design seemingly submits to the forces that usually requires gates to be physically and visually heavy. The gate resides now in North Carolina after being built in our Virginia studio. We have the capabilities to design and build custom projects anywhere and work closely with clients throughout the process, from sketches to installation.

Penland Iron

Just returned home from teaching a two week session at the Penland School of Crafts. The most amazing moment, among many, came in the last hour of shop time, when the class pulled a group forge weld. Forge welding is when you join separate pieces of steel by heating them very hot and hammering them together. Eight students independently heated their bars to heat, ran across the shop to one common anvil, and the class assistant struck down to join all bars into one. We erupted in cheer and high fives, exhilarated by the feat and the sparks and the coming together represented by the resulting iron star.

Thanks sixth session iron!

Click here for a video of the forge weld (scroll down to the 5th video)

Wine Rack in Audi Magazine

The latest issue of the Dutch Audi Magazine features our Wine Rack as one of four items chosen for the Design section. Special thanks to writer Lucas Boot for his keen eye and reaching out to us.

Here is the translation:

Why hide your bottles of wine in a dark cellar? With this Wine Rack from the American Iron Design Company you save your Spatburgunders and Rieslings on the wall with style. The rack is capable of carrying six bottles and is made from recycled metal.

AOL features Wine Rack

AOL interviewed Marc and featured our Wine Rack this week on their popular home living and design web-site: rented spaces.

Here is a portion of the article:

“Don’t let the picture fool you. The shape of the rack is pre-formed and made out of powder-coated steel. A little eye trickery was a bit what the designers had in mind. “Our specialty is giving grace to a bold, stubborn building material,” Maiorana explains.”

Andiron hits the road

Our Andiron kicks off it’s 3-year traveling exhibition debut this weekend at the opening reception for Iron: Twenty Ten at the National Ornamental Metal Museum. Iron: Twenty Ten is “a survey of the finest contemporary blacksmithing in the United States. Employing both traditional and innovative approaches, the selected work demonstrates the tremendous breadth of ideas and depth of talent found in American blacksmithing today.”

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, 2011
University Museum, Southern Illinois University, 2012

Visit the Metal Museum for more

MAD Candlesticks

You can now find our forged candlesticks at the Museum of Art and Design Store on Columbus Circle in NYC. The Store offers products that celebrate the artist, material use, workmanship and design.

To learn about exhibitions, happenings, and Store items visit: Museum of Art and Design

Home Again

Robyn and I just want to say thanks to everyone who visited us in NYC at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show. We met tons of great people in and out of the trade, had fun with fellow exhibitors, and even caught up with family.

If you weren’t able to attend, you missed the unveiling of our new walnut and steel Book Stand (featured here).

Iron at Architectural Digest

Iron Design Company will be exhibiting and selling at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show coming up in NYC. Find us at booth M33 in the MADE section, an area devoted to limited edition and original furnishings.

March 18-21, 2010

Thurs: 10 am- 6pm (Design trade and VIP guests)
Sat- Sun: 10 am- 6 pm
Fri: 10 am- 7pm

Visit: for more info

Different Tempers

The traveling jewelry and blacksmithing exhibit Different Tempers is on display in Memphis at the National Ornamental Metal Museum. Curated by Suzanne Ramljak, editor of Metalsmith magazine, the exhibition explores these two realms of metalsmithing to highlight their distinct properties as well as their commonalities.

February 5 – March 28, 2010

Visit: the Metal Museum to read more

Book Sconces on Exhibit

A handful of Book Sconces are hanging in the new exhibition: Iron: Forged, Tempered, Quenched at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.

“The exhibition is one of the most significant exhibitions of blacksmithed objects in decades.” – Gwynne Rukenbrod, Curator of Fine Craft at HCCC

Visit: Iron to read more

Product of the Week

Dwell magazine’s online product spotlight was on our Wood Rack this past week. Incase you missed the subscriber letter of the week’s highlights, visit the Product page at to see our iron in residence.

Free Shipping

Free Shipping continues till the end of the year.

Free Shipping

Until January 1, 2010 we are offering free shipping on all orders under $500.

Haystack Scholarship Auction

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts is having an auction to support it’s scholarship students. Haystack’s auction is being held for the first time on E-bay and features work by 30 previous faculty members, including myself. Scroll down the thumbnails to find a pair of our Book Sconces on the auction block. Auction ends Thursday!

Pictured: Fire Set

Free Shipping

Until January 1, 2010 we are offering free shipping on all orders under $500.

Last weekend we had a great time in Richmond, VA at the Craft and Design Show displaying our ironwork. The front of the display was an homage to an oncoming winter season, featuring our Andiron, Wood Rack, and Fire Set (pictured).

Craft + Design Show

The 45th Craft + Design Show returns to the magnificent Rotunda at the Science Museum of Virginia, located at 2500 W. Broad Street. Iron Design Company will be set up at booth 26 selling items from the web-site plus a new fireplace set.

2009 Craft + Design Show Hours

Friday, November 20: Patrons Preview, 6-9 PM (for VisArts Patron level members only)
Saturday, November 21: Open to the public 10 AM-6 PM
Sunday, November 22: Open to the public 11 AM-5 PM


IDC in Guild Sourcebook

The Guild Sourcebook of Art showcases site-specific architectural and interior artworks for public and corporate clients, as well as custom-designed, limited-edition, and one-of-a-kind works for the home. Printed yearly, 12,000 sourcebooks are distributed to interior designers, architects, and consultants throughout the United States and Canada.

Our page features a pair of Book Sconces and a hand railing commissioned by the Penland School of Crafts, both of which can be found here on the web-site.

Site Purchasing Now Available

Scroll around the site and you’ll notice a few new changes. In addition to a new layout, you can now purchase IDC items through the website. When looking at an item, the link in the lower left hand column will take you to a pricelist and then to check out.

Honoring L. Brent Kington

Last weekend we traveled to the Penland School of Crafts to honor artist and educator L. Brent Kington. In 1970 Brent hosted the first university blacksmithing conference and established the only university program in blacksmithing at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. I am among many graduates who owe their education to Brent and continue to be inspired by his words and work. Visit a current retrospective of his iron at the Illinois State Museum:

L. Brent Kington: Mythic Metalsmith

Iron in the New York Times

Last Fall we worked on a railing project for Frank Konhaus and Ellen Cassilly’s new home in Chapel Hill, NC and today their home was featured in the New York Times. In addition to the home, they documented the railing in print and on-line.

Check it out at

Coat Rack

Good meeting everyone in DC. We sold out of this coat rack at the Smithsonian Craft Show in late April, find more details in the Furniture category.

Also, extra images posted for the Wine Sconce and Andiron.

Wine and Fire

Check out the pictured wine rack in the Kitchen tab and our andiron under the Fireplace tab. Both caught the attention of many architects and interior designers during this year’s Baltimore ACC show.

Off to Atlanta.

Taking The Show On The Road

Find a Book Sconce and other Iron Design Company items at the following shows
this spring:

ACC Baltimore Craft Show, February 27th- March 1st
ACC Atlanta Craft Show, March 13th-15th
Smithsonian Craft Show, April 23rd- 26th

Updates are finally here!

The news blog will announce newly introduced items, events, and venues.

In February, we snagged an Excellence Award at the Baltimore Craft Show. Since then our forged spatula has been featured in Gourmet magazine’s online product review and our iron wares are now available at the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design.