About The Forge

Maria began writing in 2003. The imagery from her poetry eventually found expression in painting, and finally, in her jewelry and other artistic pieces. She hand-designs, hand-makes, hand-forges, hand-paints, and hand-sews all of the items at the Forge. She is self-taught, and tries to learn a new skill every week: leather braiding, soldering, fusing, bezel setting, and prong setting are all skills she has attained in private study.