American Made Since 1988

Steven Ford & David Forlano

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Steve and Dave have been collaborating to make art jewelry for 25 years

Tell us about your business.

We met in art school, in Rome, and found we had many (opposite) qualities that complemented each other. Our first collaboration was to "fix" each others work in a figure drawing class in 1984. Soon after school, we started making jewelry together, borrowing techniques from other media that we knew. What started out as fun exploration of an amazing material, sold right away out of a cardboard box taken around to stores. For the past 20 years, we've shown work at high end craft shows across the US (& twice in London). The longer we work, we find the deeper and more personal the work becomes. It's like anything else, once mastered, the medium is just a vessel for ideas.

What makes your business stand out?

Our longtime collaboration and our constant interest to change the work within certain forms, and ideas of working.

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

Pay your taxes, AND, don't try to make something for everyone; that is, find your voice and stick with it & you'll find the right audience for the work.

Mark Your Calendar

  • Nominations
    June 3–Aug. 29, 2014

    Nominate yourself or other aspiring makers.

  • Judging
    June 23–Sept. 8, 2014

    Judges will select finalists throughout this period.

  • Online Voting
    Sept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014

    Vote for your favorite American makers.

  • Winners Announced
    Oct. 17, 2014

    2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.

  • American Made Event
    Nov. 7–8, 2014

    Join us for our annual event in New York City.