Christopher's design philosophy is to engage both the analytical and the creative mind to develop meaningful and beautiful solutions. He studied at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where he was trained in the foundations of visual language—composition, observation, eye-hand coordination, 2D and 3D skills. After receiving a BFA in Furniture Design, Chris operated his own business for 15 years, creating custom furniture, lighting, and ornamental ironwork for churches and private clients. As a highly skilled metalsmith, Chris managed many roles, from initial presentations, samples, and site verification, to fabrication, patination, and final installation.
Chris is currently enrolled in the MFA Products of Design program at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. He sees the PoD program as an opportunity to broaden his methodologies, affect a wider range of people and contexts, as well as expand the definition of products and value beyond aesthetics and utility.
Further examples of his commissioned works can be found here:
PUBLICATIONS : Ironworks Today #3
"Artisans forge poetry in metal" , Minneapolis Star Tribune (2012, September 22)
PREVIOUS WEBSITE : see screenshots below (CoppertopForge)