Saturday, July 23, 2011

Copper, Bronze and Steel: Corrina Sephora Mensoff builds a gate for a Northside Mansion

I walked all the way to the back, right up to Corrina to ask her, "Where's that new work your were talking about."

She pointed back over my shoulder to this gate, nearly finished, bound for a north Atlanta Mansion. It's a one-of-a-kind organic "phantasmagorie."

Corrina Sephora Mensoff opened her Goat Farm studio yesterday.

Corrina is in red with the Men of Plaid.

Who is Corrina? She's the one-woman proprietor of Phoenix Metal Works. In her words:
"I am a blacksmith, sculptor, metalsmith. I work in metal predominantly, however also mixed media installation and printmaking."
In my words:
"Happy wonder woman of welding with a pickup."
If you've been to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, you've probably seen her elaborate "Sun Moon Nautilus Passage" gate.

This is the new gate. Corrina displayed the work with drawings, renderings, prototypes and patterns. They give a sense of how this work get's done. Some readers will surely recognize these gate posts and dragons.

The studio was clean, quiet, and calm last night.

The delicate full size patterns barely hint at the noise, the heat, the mass, and the precision of Corrina's work.

These sturdy tools can produce delicate work.

If you aren't ready for your gate, you can try a candlestick.

Thanks Corrina.


  1. I love her gate at the Atlanta Botanical Garden! It's my favorite of all the ironwork there. So glad to know who created it.

  2. I actually need a new drive gate here on the farm - something more interesting than the standard galvinized number that currently separate me from civilization...One more thing to add to the list!

  3. You could always give Corrina a galvanized challenge. Bronze and copper might be too tempting.

  4. The pattern is very beautiful and fancy, I like the pattern like this. I also like other models, like the ones here


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