Virtual tour of Maynard Studios to be held on Wednesday

Published 10:06 am Tuesday, June 16, 2020


News release


The Art Center of the Bluegrass invites you on a virtual tour of Maynard Studios in Lawrenceburg as part of the Art Center’s monthly “Lunch with the Arts” series at noon on Wednesday, June 17. 

Here, Matthew and Karine Maynard design and create internationally recognized and respected ironwork through the use of metal and architectural space. Hand-forged custom stair rails and furniture are the specialties of this dynamic husband and wife team. 

Since opening in 2010, the business has grown significantly; as they have expanded, the Maynards donate their used equipment to Josephine Sculpture Park in Frankfort, helping that nonprofit arts organization grow their metal studio for resident artists. 

In 2017, The Maynard’s won five awards at The Ernest Wiemann Top Job Awards, sponsored by the National Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metals Association, for works they created for private clients and Apiary’s Fine Catering event space in Lexington, Ky. They were awarded the Gold award in the Furniture & Accessories- Forged, Silver in Gates/ Doors- Nonforged, Gold in Art/Sculpture, and Gold in Interior Railings- Forged. 

They also earned one of the first two People’s Choice awards for their artistic balustrade interior hand forged railing. Winning a Top Job award has special meaning, since it represents the “voice of approval” from industry peers.

Last fall, they lectured at Hereford College, in England, to the second- and third-year blacksmithing students. Their work has also been recognized by the Artist Blacksmith Association of North America. The couple have an international clientele of business and private individuals. Their unique creations can be found from California to Italy.

As evidenced by their award winning creations, attention to detail, design, and function are the hallmarks of their work. They emphasize quality over quantity. As such, Matthew and Karine are recognized worldwide as a leading architectural artistic blacksmithing team. 

Getting a glimpse into their studio will be a unique and interesting opportunity. We hope you will join us at noon on Wednesday, June 17th!

The free event will be broadcast live via the Art Center’s Facebook page –