advertisement

advertisement

advertisement

advertisement

advertisement

advertisement

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
Crafts,

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.

Comments (0)

Advertisement

Mark Your Calendar

  • NOMINATIONS
    Jun. 17, 2015

    Nominate yourself or other aspiring entrepreneurs.

    Learn about American Made
  • VOTING BEGINS
    Sep. 21, 2015

    Vote for your favorite makers.

  • WINNERS ANNOUNCED
    Oct. 23, 2015

    2015 Editors' Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.

    See past Award Winners
  • AMERICAN MADE SUMMIT
    Nov. 7, 2015

    Don’t miss our networking event and maker lecture series in New York City. Tickets available July 2015.

More Nominees

  • Penelope and Sophia

    Jeanmarie Swiontkowski
    Penelope and Sophia creates gorgeous, original handmade accessories as well as pretty works of art.
    Style, Accessories
  • Olivenar LLC

    Natalia Milejski
    Custom formulated soaps and other bath & body products. Unique party favors, one of a kind designs.
    Crafts, Nature Crafts
  • Womanswork

    Dorian Winslow
    A woman-owned family business that has been caring for women’s hands in the garden for 28 years, with top quality US made gloves and skincare.
    Design, Garden & Outdoor Living
  • Pony Roller is the easy, fast way to keep your hair up all day - Made in the USA
    Style, Beauty

advertisement

advertisement