Steven Ford, David Forlano


1964, Lafayette, IN (Ford); Charleston, SC (Forlano), USA

Training / Education:

  • 1992, Apprentice, The Fabric Workshop (Ford)
  • 1984-86, BFA in Painting, Tyler School of Art, Rome, Italy; Philadelphia, PA (both)
  • 1982-84, Washington University, St Louis (Ford)

Work Experience:

  • Studio jewelers since 1988

Exhibitions (Solo & Group Shows):

  • 2004 Ford/Forlano (solo), Gallery Materia, Scottsdale, USA
  • Not for the Faint of Heart, Facere Jewelry Art, Seattle, USA
  • The Body Adorned, Kentucky Museum of Arts and Design, Louisville, USA 2003 Adornment, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, USA
  • Colour, International Metalsmith Exhibition Center, Albuquerque, USA
  • A Fetish For Surface, University Place Art Center, Lincoln, USA
  • One & Only, Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, USA
  • 2002 Found Objects, Snyderman/Works Gallery, SOFA, Chicago, USA
  • Seeing Spots, Florida Craftsmen, St Petersburg, USA; Houston Center for Crafts, Houston, USA
  • Functional Fine Art, Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, USA
  • Rocks and Flowers (solo), The Works Gallery, Philadelphia, USA
  • 2001 Ford/Forlano (solo), Obsidian Gallery, Tuscon, USA
  • Quinta Essentia, Facere Jewelry Art, Seattle, USA
  • 2000 Color, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, USA
  • Surface Ecstatic, Facere Jewelry Art, Seattle, USA

Awards / Grants:

  • 2004, Best of Show, CraftBoston, Boston, USA
  • 2004, Gold Award, Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington, USA
  • 2003, Best of Jewelry, American Craft Exposition, Evanston, USA
  • 2003, Best of Show, CraftBoston, Boston, USA
  • 2003, Merit Award, Smithsonian Craft Show, Boston, USA
  • 2002, Best of Show, Philadelphia Craft Show, Philadelphia, USA
  • 2002, First Prize, ACC/San Francisco Craft Show, San Francisco, USA
  • 2002, Honorable Mention, Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington, USA
  • 2001, First Prize, Baltimore Winter Craft Show, Baltimore, USA
  • 2000, First Prize, Westchester Craft Show, White Plains, USA
  • 1999, Award of Excellence, American Crafts Council

Collections (Private & Museum):

  • Numerous private collections


  • American Craft, Review of exhibition at Gallery Materia, June/July, 2004
  • Metalsmith, Ford + Forlano, Serendipitous Structure, Marjorie Simon, Winter 2003
  • Ornamen,t Artist's Statement, Fall 2001
  • Lapidary Journal, City Zen Masters, December 1998
  • Metalsmith, Exhibition in Print, Bruce Metcalf, 1997

Artist Statement:

Steven Ford and David Forlano collaborate to make jewelry with one vision. Our work is inspired by the natural world, art history, and a love of making things by hand.