Tracery 157

American Made Since 2012

Cathy Vaughn

Richmond, Virginia
Tracery 157 is an artisan studio where ordinary copper plumbing pipe is wrangled, bent, hammered, fitted & re-imagined into unique functional art

Tell us about your business.

I began making things out of copper as a way to get out of my head and into my hands. What started as recreational tinkering has become the focus of my business. Making copper gates, trellises, screens and sculptures is a way to bring pattern and design into organic and built spaces. My designs, inspired by both nature and architecture, are customized to amplify their existing landscapes, whether interior or exterior. My process starts with sketches I share with my clients. The designs evolve through conversation as I adjust and tweak the original idea until my client’s vision for a piece is captured. Next, I begin engineering the execution and building of the piece. I take everyday materials and reinterpret them into beautiful patterns that play with light and color. I hope to see my business grow in custom commissions and craft show sales. I am especially excited about my new line of copper candle stands I’m introducing this fall.

What makes your business stand out?

My works uniquely complement their spaces by reinterpreting workaday industrial materials into intricate, often classical designs. By taking advantage of the natural properties of copper, I further transform the material using custom formulas to create hand-aged verdigris finishes. This adds a level of texture and color to the final product. My background as a graphic designer, coupled with my love of working with my hands, helps me push the limits of the everyday materials I work with to transform them into objects that are both useful and beautiful.

What's the best business advice you've received?

Do what you love, and love what you do.

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