Working at his forge in Spencer, West Virginia, artist-blacksmith Jeff Fetty has been forging for over 30 years, coaxing hard, cold iron into delicately wrought objects. Fetty's works abound with flowing organic forms and amazingly accurate renderings that are gently entwined with vines and flowers in such a subtle way that the casual observer forgets it's actually steel.
For Fetty the appeal of working with iron lies in the traditional role of blacksmiths and the permanence of their work. Historically, blacksmiths contributed to the well-being of their neighbors by creating the tools that sustained the community. Their implements and art served and gave pleasure to many generations. Fetty is thankful that he is able to share his work with a broad range of viewers. His hope is that his art contributes to their well-being.
Fetty has built a global reputation, having created metalwork for writer Tom Clancy, the Clinton White House, fashion designer Yves St. Laurent and the Globe Theatre in London. His affinity for art nouveau and his studio's natural setting led Fetty to the floral themes prevalent in his work.