SIBs supports and promotes communities with less access to and representation in blacksmithing. This means black/indigenous/people of color, the Asian American/pacific islander community, LGBTQ+ folks, women, femmes, people experiencing disabilities, etc. Part of this support is monetary, so if you are looking for some custom metalwork please check out this page to find a blacksmith to hire!
If you would like to be a SIBs featured maker please submit your information at the bottom of the page!
I mainly focus on practical/ functional items: tools, home goods, rings, the occasional kitchen knife. I like my work to be used and enjoyed rather than just put on display. I do take commissions. Also still working on the website, I’m better with my hands than I am with computers so don’t judge to harshly if you click on my website.
Becca Cerra provides one-of-a-kind creations that combine traditional craft practices with contemporary art-making approaches to imagine something truly unique and memorable. Becca currently works in two realms: conceptual art and functional sculpture. She teaches blacksmithing and welding classes at the Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center and is eager to continue expanding her offerings.
My favorite things to make are forged Chef Knives, and Fantasy weapons. Currently I am working through a list of custom orders from chefs all over the midwest! I also love Rock Climbing, and am a member of the Queer Climbing Collective here in Milwaukee!
I'm a cis - white - masculine presenting male, who is bi/pansexual. Often in the knifemaking community people assume I am straight, and thus use discriminatory or abhorrent (really obnoxious things sometimes) language around me, assuming that I am part of the "boys club" that we often see in smithing. I'd like to see the language and culture change, so that folks aren't given a bad image of smithing because of a few assholes who don't think of the effect their speech has on others, or who think they can say whatever they like without consequences.
I like to make functional art and tools. I also want to empower marginalized people by sharing my knowledge with them.
I am a non binary metal artist. Metal arts saved my life and empowered me. I want to give back, and help QTBIPOC, drug addicts, sex workers and femmes feel talented and important, because I believe in them. I think art and knowledge are the fabrics that hold our society together. My ultimate dream is to acquire a space that would offer a variety of workshops, community, and information. I am more interested in this than becoming an artist as an individual. I like working and creating with a team.
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