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About Us

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The owners and artist-blacksmiths, Matt and Tessie Wallace, have experience working with architects, contractors, interior designers, and directly with clients.

Matt Wallace

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Matt Wallace is a native of West Virginia and a 1997 graduate of WV Wesleyan College, where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degrees in both History and in Studio Arts. During his studies, Wallace completed an internship with renowned WV artist-blacksmith, Jeff Fetty, a family friend and mentor who introduced Wallace to the forge at the early age of 12. After graduation, Wallace moved to Connecticut where he worked as an apprentice to colonial-blacksmith, Robert Valentine, and later worked with master fabricator, John Winslow. Wallace returned to West Virginia in 1999 and established Wallace Metal Works in 2000.

As an active member of the Artist Blacksmith Association of North America (ABANA), Wallace has attended conferences and educational tours in both Europe and the United States. Wallace is also a member of the National Ornamental Metals Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, as well as the Appalachian Blacksmith Association in West Virginia. Wallace's hand-forged architectural ironwork is featured in the permanent art collection at the West Virginia Cultural Center, as well as in the WV Office of Historic Preservation and the office of the WV Commissioner of Art and Culture. Wallace has also been chosen to display his forged iron artwork at the West Virginia Juried exhibition and the Charleston Allied Artist exhibition. In 2008, Wallace was juried into Tamarack for metal art. In 2012, the Wallaces traveled to Italy to learn the art of repoussé from Pierluigi Prata, a 3rd generation Maestro d'Arte at Bottega Prata in Bologna. In 2013, the Tamarack Foundation selected Wallace Metal Works as a participant in their 3 year Artisan Entrepreneur Program, which provides financial assistance and business mentoring to promote the sales of their ornaments and giftware lines to retailers and merchants across the US.

Tessie Doty Wallace

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Tessie Doty Wallace is a native of West Virginia and a 1999 graduate of American University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Italian. She then went on to pursue a career in jewelry design and graduated from the new Approach School for Jewelers in Virginia Beach, VA in 2004. In the summer of 2005, Tessie joined Matt at Wallace Metal Works as the shop welder and fabricator, while also managing the office and growth of their business. In 2008, Tessie was juried into Tamarack as a metal artist and in 2009, she received a grant from the Tamarack Foundation on behalf of Wallace Metal Works.

In 2011, Tessie finally picked up the hammer and started helping Matt at the forge. Later that year, she received the Growth Grant from the National Association for the Self-Employed to purchase much needed equipment for the increased production of their ornament line. In 2012, Tessie received the Startup WV Grant from the Robert C. Byrd Institute to assist in ornament production as well as the expansion of their giftware line. In September 2012, Tessie and Matt traveled to Italy to learn the art of repoussé from Pierluigi Prata, a 3rd generation Maestro d’Arte at Bottega Prata in Bologna. In April 2012, Tessie received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito. And, in December 2012, Tessie was awarded the grand prize Achievement Grant from the National Association for the Self-Employed for excellence in business on behalf of Wallace Metal Works. In 2013, the Tamarack Foundation selected Wallace Metal Works as a participant in their 3 year Artisan Entrepreneur Program, which provides financial assistance and business mentoring to promote the sales of their ornaments and giftware lines to retailers and merchants across the US.

Retail Locations

Eggplant
1011 Bridge Road
Charleston, WV 25314
304-346-3525

O’Virginia
3310 West Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23221
804-477-7977

The Olde World Christmas Shoppe
Historic Biltmore Village
5 Boston Way
Asheville, NC 28803
828-274-4819

Tamarack
1 Tamarack Park
Beckley, WV 25801
304-256-6843

WV Marketplace at the Capitol Market
800 Smith Street
Charleston, WV 25301
304-720-2244

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