Our studio, located in rural New Mexico, is a 6000 sq. foot workshop where we explore hot metal as an art form.
Nestled at the bottom of Rowe Mesa, it is also a resource for the Southwest Artist Blacksmith Association, which holds events and demonstrations here. We are fortunate to have blacksmith Pedro Cobos and studio manager Rhonda Thompson who form the core of our work group.
Christopher Thomson, Master Blacksmith
My approach to ironworking was shaped by my lifelong friendship with blacksmith Francis Whitaker and a summer of study with master potter Marguerite Wildenhain.
In 1979, my wife Susan Livermore and I began building an adobe house in rural New Mexico. We dug into the hillside by hand, gathered tons of rock from the arroyos, making thousands of adobes, cutting vigas and latillas in the mountains. Those five years of work with materials amidst a culture that honored such endeavors changed us.
In 1985, we founded Christopher Thomson Ironworks. I spend much of my time hiking, kayaking, and camping in the deserts and canyons of the Southwest. I often go alone, transported by the light, vastness, and geologic time made visible--marvelously random, while revealing the character of their material—expanding my ideas of organic beauty and rightness of form.
Today, I forge in white hot iron and bronze. Forms initially explored for their own sake find their way into my gates, railings, chandeliers, lamps, tables and chairs. Life experiences blending with the rich tradition of my craft, quietly pushing my work in unanticipated directions.
I improvise flute music to interact with magical places--music forging a middle way between emotions too subtle to capture in words and their final expression in metal.
My collectors and customers see all of this in my work, though to me it still remains a mystery.
Susan Livermore, CEO
As CEO, Susan applies her skills and talents as an artist, painter, photographer and design consultant to Christopher and for clients. Her other responsibilities include marketing, scheduling, photographing, arranging deliveries, painting sculptures and customer relations. She and Christopher create their advertising together.
Rhonda Thompson, Studio Manager
One of Rhonda's favorite products is the Calla Wall Sconce.
Pedro Cobos, Blacksmith
One of Pedro's favorite products is the Dining Table Pendant.