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Julie and Ken Girardini work independently and in partnership at their small studio in rural Maryland.  They specialize in designing anything their minds can dream up:  furniture, lighting, clocks, candleholders, sculpture, art – ad infinitum.  They say, “We are self taught and pride ourselves on creating each and every piece by hand.  We have deliberately chosen to make a living with our hands and minds and have done so for the past 22 years.  Our primary medium is cold rolled steel, but we add curiosities like glass, brass, copper, paper, and wood to keep it interesting.”

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Julie and Ken Girardini

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Julie and Ken have participated in a number of the most prestigious juried art and craft shows in the U.S. including:  American Craft Council Shows, The Philadelphia Museum Craft Show, The Washington Craft Show, The Evanston Craft Show, St. Louis Craft Fair, among others.  Each of these juried shows receive thousands of applicants each year.

Julie says, “I’m influenced by the journeys we take in our lives.  I am interested in how we travel from one phase of life to another.  g with intuition and materials in ways that have no predictable outcome. For me it is a journey into the mysteries of creativity.

“I symbolize this through my use of iconic forms: boats, nests, houses…for me these forms hold histories.  Where we have been and where we are going.  My primary use of steel gives permanence to these structures, but I push the boundaries by mixing in elements of glass, wire, paper and encaustic to bring a feeling of fragility and the ethereal nature of life.”

For Ken, his journey included art classes, photography, the Air Force, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and a chance trip to the ACC Craft Show.  It was there that he realized that people could actually make a living by making things with their hands.  Eight years later and after many long nights and weekends (1994), Ken left his job with CSC and he and Julie began a full time career in fine craft.   

Julie and Ken are award winning artists who each have their own body of work.  They also create collaborative pieces that reflect a merging of styles and their partnership in life.