Maynard Studios, the blacksmithing shop owned and operated by artists Matthew and Karine Maynard, has been a fixture in Anderson County for more than 20 years. But unlike many Bluegrass-area blacksmiths, horseshoes are one item the Maynards do not make. Instead, their practice focuses mainly on architectural blacksmithing, designing and fabricating large works such as fences and gates, railings, window grilles and chandeliers. Read more >>
A Masterpiece lnspired by Nature
It all started with a walk in the woods. Karine Maynard was on a visit to a client's property (in a gated community near Bluflton, SC), where her company was installing gates. While she was there, Karine went on a walk with her client and her sisters through their woods. "As we walked, we picked samples of different botanicals that caught our eye," Karine recalled. "The idea was that I was going to use these as inspiration to create our client an interior wall sculpture out of many botanicals." Read more >>
In their studio at a spot-in-the-road called Fox Creek in Anderson County, Matt and Karine Maynard turn metal into functional works of art. They are professional blacksmiths, although not the kind typically thought of in Central Kentucky. No horses are involved. What might they craft? The list is long — railings for a winding staircase, fanciful window grilles that mimic trailing vines, gates so alluring you forget they are barriers. They’ve crafted sculptures, swings, tables, door pulls, thresholds, and chandeliers. If something can be made from metal, the Maynards can make it using hammers, anvils, and forges. Read more >>
Matthew and Karine Maynard are designers, blacksmiths and artists who use metal and architectural space as their media. As a husband and wife team, they specialize in hand-forged custom stair rails, furniture and applied design.
Their work has been featured in international books & periodicals as one of the leading architectural artist blacksmiths teams in the world today. Their designs have been given prominence & awards by both the National Ornamental & Misc. Metals Association and the Artist Blacksmiths Association of North America. Their large railing commissions reside in homes and businesses from California to Italy. Smaller works are represented & sold by select galleries.