Steel is a magical medium to work with. When it is at a working heat (2000°F), it is the consistency of modeling clay and can be worked into all kinds of wonderful, flowing forms. When it cools, it returns to its rigid state and leaves you to wonder just how it could get into the shape it’s in. The final product can be both beautiful and durable, a work of functional art.
Cathi has been playing with fire and steel since 1982 when she founded her business, Flag Forge, in Flagstaff, AZ. She enjoys looking for the fun in FUNtional and creating hand forged ironwork for the home that is both a joy to use and to own. Most of her inspiration comes from nature but a new technique or idea can send her down some interesting paths.
Cathi shows her work at art fairs, galleries, and exhibits throughout the United States. She also likes to “play with others” and is known for her collaborative work which combines her hand forged ironwork with the fiber art of Sharon Richards, hand blown glasswork of George Averbeck, fused glasswork of Judi Hartman, or ceramic pieces of Pat Marsello.
Cathi is a past president of the Arizona Artist Blacksmith Association, the recipient of the 2014 Callaway Award for her work supporting the blacksmithing community, and has demonstrated her craft at various regional and national blacksmithing events.
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