About

Steel is made from  the elements carbon and iron. Iron is in your blood. You know what it tastes like. You exhale carbon. Steel has been the most important material in the development of humanity and in the destruction of thousands of other species. Three things laid down on this planet. An organism and two elements. And look, what a mess. But the power is unmistakable. The human hand and this material. Can we wield it with a different intent? What if we believed that humans were interdependent on the rest of the universe, bound to the rocks, plants, water and lifeforms through shared elements and DNA? If we all knew this to be true. Would we behave better? Would we see a way forward that benefits the whole system? I want to find answers with my hands in the metal.  I am a human. I am complicit in the ugliness that we have created here but I am of this planet. The breathtaking beauty that I see around me everywhere, I come from that too. I should be able to be that too.

 

 

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Publications

 "Ironwork Today 4"  2014

The Artist's Blacksmiths Association of North America Magazine 

" The Anvils Ring" 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 cover

   The German International Metals Magazine

"HEPHAISTOS", summer 2014, 2015, 2018  

BlacksmitHer Radio Podcast 2015

The Insider Magazine winter 2017

Fine Homebuilding Magazine March 2017

Click here to go to Monica's Press Page

              

                               

 

I began as an industrial artist. Experience and skill with metal greatly influences my art. I am trained as a blacksmith to shape steel into tools and connections that will serve an efficient end. I have made a name for myself in the blacksmithing community by forging forms that contradict the weight of the material and the prudential practice of the craft.The strength of steel offers me the opportunity to experiment with  balance and asymmetry. Its versatility provides the ability to create surprising forms.  I have always been fascinated by the idea that the shape of something can create an emotion in people. I can follow the vein of iron and carbon. I can take it to a place of function, to a gate, a tool, a joint. Or I can follow it where it wants to go. Or I can do both. This is what I am trying to do. Let the metal move. Explore the forms it takes from steel bar to skin, bone and water.

 

I live and work in Southern Humboldt County, California. My house and shop are off the grid. We generate all of our power ourselves. To read more about my shop and power click the button below.

“ I have worked with a number of Blacksmiths in my 45 year building career including the late and great Toby Hickman. Working with Monica Coyne on a recent project was a great pleasure.The project was complex and she designed, engineered and created a piece that honors this great craft and its tradition to the fullest. It will be here for our children’s children.Thank you Monica for this simply elegant work .”

  Jim Groeling     Architecture in the Hand Crafted Style

 

Shows and Awards

The Blacksmith Shop, Ferndale California 2010-2018. Ozone Gallery, Newport Oregon 2010-2018. ABANA Conference Gallery, Salt Lake City 2016. East/West, Men and Women in Iron , Twisted Laurel Gallery, North Carolina 2016. Nu Iron Age Show SNAG, New Orleans 2017. HJ Miossi Art Gallery, Rivet Show, San Luis Obispo, California 2017. Black Faun Gallery, Eureka, California 2017. NICHE finalist 2013. Victor Thomas Jacoby Award 2018

Austin Forging Competition, Austin Texas. People's Choice Award

 

Demonstrations

2016 Blacksmither Academy. Taught webinar and made dvd on dovetail joinery
2016  Balcones Forge Austin Texas, Assisted Daniel Miller
2016  Demonstrator for Northwest Blacksmithing Association ( NWBA) spring conference in Longview Washington.
2016  Demonstrator for Artists Blacksmiths of North America ( ABANA) conference in Salt Lake City
2017 California Blacksmith Conference spring conference Vista, Ca

2017 Rocky Mountain Smiths Carbondale Colorado

2018 Austin Forging Competition, Austin Texas,

 Coming up:

Colorado Metal Smiths Conference 2018

Black Faun Gallery August 2018, Show with Leslie Price December 2018

Art Talk, Morris Graves Museum November 4, 2018