Victoria & Mark Caluneo met while studing Metalsmithing at SUNY New Paltz. They had both been accepted into the Metals
program to study under the direction of Robert Ebendorf and Jamie Bennett. During the next 4 years they mastered the technical
skills of soldering, chasing, repouse, raising, enameling, and casting.
Mark's interest was focused from the
start on the traditional techniques of the tinsmith. Their tools facinated him: buring and beading machines, anvils, snips
and sheers. He was even in awe of their utilitarian forms and straight forward construction. He began an investigation into
the cold-connection techniques where the metal seam was folded over on itself creating a tight lock between the sheets. Many
years later Mark was commissioned to create the front door to a residence utilizing this technique. Mark received his B.F.A.
in Metalsmithing with a concentration in cold connection processes and patination.
Victoria knew she wanted to
work with metal since she took her first Jewelry class in the nineth grade at Friends Academy. At SUNY she discovered a preference
for working in a larger scale while exploring hollow forming. The ability to create a vessel via raising techniques was mesmerizing.
Repetitive hammering and annealing, and the ability to create form and texture were equally as captivating. She often drew
from nature as her subject matter, gaining inspiration from seed pods, horse chestnuts, and sea fauna. She drew from textile
techniques such as crocheting, weaving and knitting, during the creative process. Victoria received her B.F.A. in Metalsmithing
with a concentration in Hollowware and Electroforming.
Victoria & Mark Caluneo