Founded in 2012, Smith Shop is a dynamic craft-centric metalworking studio based in Detroit, Michigan. Smith Shop produces quality metalwork of all descriptions specializing in the custom fabrication of gold, silver, copper, brass and steel while also producing limited-production wholesale runs ranging from jewelry to architectural hardware. In addition to its manufacturing business, Smith Shop offers access to its metalworking facilities at Ponyride (a noted Detroit creative entrepreneurial space) through classes, workshops, and private lessons.

If you would like to work with us, drop us a line at info@smithshopdetroit.com


  Gabriel Craig Co-Owner, Metalsmith Gabriel has been a metalsmith for thirteen years, starting his career as a jeweler and gradually becoming interested in larger and more varied metalworking techniques. His work is often influenced by medieval and gothic ornament and architecture. Gabriel’s work has been exhibited nationally including exhibitions at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., The National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, TN, and the Cameron Museum of Art in Wilmington, NC. In addition to his metalwork Gabriel writes about craft and working by hand, focusing on its cultural relevance and implications in the 21st century. His critical writing has appeared in prominent craft publications including Metalsmith, American Craft and Surface Design Journal. He has lectured throughout the country on his own artistic work, decorative arts history and contemporary craft. He has held artist residencies at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Savannah College of Art and Design, and Warren Wilson College. Gabriel received his BFA in Metals/ Jewelry from Western Michigan University and his MFA in Jewelry and Metalworking from Virginia Commonwealth University.

 

Gabriel Craig
Co-Owner, Metalsmith

Gabriel has been a metalsmith for thirteen years, starting his career as a jeweler and gradually becoming interested in larger and more varied metalworking techniques. His work is often influenced by medieval and gothic ornament and architecture. Gabriel’s work has been exhibited nationally including exhibitions at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., The National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, TN, and the Cameron Museum of Art in Wilmington, NC. In addition to his metalwork Gabriel writes about craft and working by hand, focusing on its cultural relevance and implications in the 21st century. His critical writing has appeared in prominent craft publications including Metalsmith, American Craft and Surface Design Journal. He has lectured throughout the country on his own artistic work, decorative arts history and contemporary craft. He has held artist residencies at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Savannah College of Art and Design, and Warren Wilson College. Gabriel received his BFA in Metals/ Jewelry from Western Michigan University and his MFA in Jewelry and Metalworking from Virginia Commonwealth University.

  Amy Weiks Co-Owner, Metalsmith Amy began her art career as a photographer before studying printmaking at the Glasgow School of Art in Glasgow, Scotland. She discovered metalsmithing in 2004 and incorporated it into her already formidable technical skill set. Amy’s innate sense of form and composition along with her detail oriented nature help drive Smith Shop’s exacting standards of quality. Amy has shown her artwork nationally and internationally including exhibitions at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in Houston, TX, The Bellevue Arts Museum in Bellevue, WA, The Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC and Galerie Marzee in Nijmegen, Netherlands. Weiks recently premiered a solo exhibition at Velvet da Vinci, a noted jewelry gallery in San Francisco, CA. Amy received her BFA from Western Michigan University and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

 

Amy Weiks
Co-Owner, Metalsmith

Amy began her art career as a photographer before studying printmaking at the Glasgow School of Art in Glasgow, Scotland. She discovered metalsmithing in 2004 and incorporated it into her already formidable technical skill set. Amy’s innate sense of form and composition along with her detail oriented nature help drive Smith Shop’s exacting standards of quality. Amy has shown her artwork nationally and internationally including exhibitions at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in Houston, TX, The Bellevue Arts Museum in Bellevue, WA, The Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC and Galerie Marzee in Nijmegen, Netherlands. Weiks recently premiered a solo exhibition at Velvet da Vinci, a noted jewelry gallery in San Francisco, CA. Amy received her BFA from Western Michigan University and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

  Keegan Sullivan Shop Manager Keegan began his career in the art and design at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan where he received his BFA in Entertainment Arts with a focus in Game Design. His study centered around character design and modeling—anything that gives substance and personality to the faces you see in a video game. While working in the school’s metal shop he honed his sculpture and painting skills to supplement his training in digital media. His interest at Smith Shop lies in developing administrative abilities and art world business knowledge. Keegan is responsible for project management, media, correspondence and ensuring that Smith Shop has everything we need to run smoothly.

 

Keegan Sullivan
Shop Manager

Keegan began his career in the art and design at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan where he received his BFA in Entertainment Arts with a focus in Game Design. His study centered around character design and modeling—anything that gives substance and personality to the faces you see in a video game. While working in the school’s metal shop he honed his sculpture and painting skills to supplement his training in digital media. His interest at Smith Shop lies in developing administrative abilities and art world business knowledge. Keegan is responsible for project management, media, correspondence and ensuring that Smith Shop has everything we need to run smoothly.

 
Zander Aloi Junior Metalsmith Zander first practiced metalworking through a workshop offered by the the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, WV. While studying History at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC, he worked as a member of the school’s blacksmithing crew. Upon graduation, he continued to research and demonstrate the traditional roots and practice of the craft as a blacksmith and historical interpreter at reconstruction of an 18th Century site outside of Fairmont, WV. For two years he served as an Americorps volunteer, working on the restoration of historic structures and promotion of heritage-based tourism in Appalachia. He then returned to Warren Wilson College as a craft fellow for blacksmithing, mentoring student crew members and further improving his own skills. At Smith Shop, he hopes to continue to develop his craft by handling a wider variety of projects and techniques. 

Zander Aloi
Junior Metalsmith

Zander first practiced metalworking through a workshop offered by the the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, WV. While studying History at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC, he worked as a member of the school’s blacksmithing crew. Upon graduation, he continued to research and demonstrate the traditional roots and practice of the craft as a blacksmith and historical interpreter at reconstruction of an 18th Century site outside of Fairmont, WV. For two years he served as an Americorps volunteer, working on the restoration of historic structures and promotion of heritage-based tourism in Appalachia. He then returned to Warren Wilson College as a craft fellow for blacksmithing, mentoring student crew members and further improving his own skills. At Smith Shop, he hopes to continue to develop his craft by handling a wider variety of projects and techniques. 

  Jordan Reeves Junior Metalsmith Jordan began his metals training as an apprentice to Charlottesville, Virginia jeweler Martha Keith. After serving in the Peace Corps in Shargaljuut Soum, Mongolia from 2012-2014, Jordan returned to Charlottesville to work under goldsmith Maria Van Beek before working as a production metalsmith for the Silver Ring Splint Company. At Smith Shop Jordan is working to develop and refine his skill set while he continues evolving as an artist and metalsmith. Before deciding to pursue metalsmithing full-time Jordan received degrees in Philosophy and Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Virginia.

 

Jordan Reeves
Junior Metalsmith

Jordan began his metals training as an apprentice to Charlottesville, Virginia jeweler Martha Keith. After serving in the Peace Corps in Shargaljuut Soum, Mongolia from 2012-2014, Jordan returned to Charlottesville to work under goldsmith Maria Van Beek before working as a production metalsmith for the Silver Ring Splint Company. At Smith Shop Jordan is working to develop and refine his skill set while he continues evolving as an artist and metalsmith. Before deciding to pursue metalsmithing full-time Jordan received degrees in Philosophy and Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Virginia.

 
Erika Broas Intern Erika Broas has been an active metalsmith for seven years. She holds a BFA in jewelry and metalsmithing received from Grand Valley State University, and regularly teaches at The Creative Fringe, a bead and jewelry supply studio in Grand Haven, MI. Erika has also worked as studio assistant to the celebrated metal artist Kim Cridler. As a craft-oriented artist, Erika enjoys the time-honored jewelry processes that require patience and attention to detail. Most recently Erika was the silversmith, manager, and head educator at The Creative Fringe.

Erika Broas
Intern

Erika Broas has been an active metalsmith for seven years. She holds a BFA in jewelry and metalsmithing received from Grand Valley State University, and regularly teaches at The Creative Fringe, a bead and jewelry supply studio in Grand Haven, MI. Erika has also worked as studio assistant to the celebrated metal artist Kim Cridler. As a craft-oriented artist, Erika enjoys the time-honored jewelry processes that require patience and attention to detail. Most recently Erika was the silversmith, manager, and head educator at The Creative Fringe.