Elaan is the owner and operator of The Metal Smithery. Her metalsmith education began in 2007 and it has been growing ever since. She has had a full time jewelry business: Elaan Greenfield Designs, for many years, as well. Her story is The Metal Smithery's story but when she is not making jewelry, promoting metalsmithing, or planning for world domination by metalsmiths; she is momming her son and puppy, planning to have a beautiful garden one day, expanding her shoe collection, writing about life, and laughing with her partner.
Aryana Tatum found her passion for metal smithing at California College of the Arts in Oakland, California. After completing her degree she worked her way up to Production Manager for a jewelry company based in San Francisco. Aryana grew up in the Ithaca area, wanting to be closer to family, she eventually moved production to Trumansburg. After almost seven years of experience teaching incoming employees Aryana is looking forward to teaching workshops on a variety of techniques through The Metal Smithery.
Page is probably best known for being on the History Channel’s “Forged in Fire” series, where he was a Champion Bladesmith (Season 4 Episode 6) and as a bladesmith-competitor on “Knife of Death,” Season 2, premier episode. He made his first knife out of a file at age 14, following instructions in his grandfather’s Popular Mechanics Do-It-Yourself Encyclopedia. He taught himself silversmithing based upon memories of watching a silversmith at a bicentennial fair. In 1987, working at a jewelry repair trade-shop, he quickly progressed from polisher to bench goldsmith. He attended RIT, majoring in Photographry, while working as a photographer and continuing to work with metal, which eventually became his full-time career.
Page has worked professionally as a designer goldsmith, bench jeweler, machine fabricator, historic site blacksmith-demonstrator, festival blacksmith (e.g., at Renaissance fairs), CNC machinist, aerospace metallurgical associate engineer and bladesmith. He is the proprietor of Sunshadow Designs.
Lise has been making jewelry for over fifteen years. She is a member of the Handwork Cooperative in downtown Ithaca where she sells her work. She has given private metalsmithing lessons in the past. Besides the traditional metalsmithing techniques Lise has experimented with Keum Boo, electroforming, and enamel.
The natural world and her educational background in architecture heavily influence her style. She creates each piece with the intention of staying true to her personal aesthetic utilizing form, movement, balance, and texture while maintaining simplicity.