photo by Jack O’Connor

photo by Jack O’Connor

Ashley studied photography and silver gelatin printing in Vermont. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an emphasis in sculpture and studied goldsmithing at Alan Revere’s Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco. In 2016 she dove headfirst into the arduous world of blacksmithing, studying multiple times at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina with Jay Burham Kidwell, Seth Gould and later with other masters including Jim Austin of The Wrought Academy in Oakland, CA. In 2018 Ashley closed her fine jewelry business to focus her attention on a new life in Wyoming, later being the first female knife maker for New West KnifeWorks quality chef’s knives. ”Ashley Childs has an eye for detail, never wandering far from the world of form, function and beauty… and her unique skill set brings grace to an industry known for its grit. Infamous for her minimalist, sculptural aesthetic and talent for swinging a hammer, Childs’ large life has taken her from the fashion runways of New York City to an iron forge in Buenos Aires and all the way to the Wyoming mountains.” // ig: @ashleychilds, email: info@ashleychilds.com

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA 2020 (Feb 23-March 3)

Buenos Aires, 2016

Join us in Buenos Aires, Argentina for ten days in February. Help us teach blacksmithing, restore trade skills, and help preserve a beautiful city, the Paris of South America. We walk around the old historic districts together, present a 4 day blacksmith workshop for 200 students, meet the locals, explore the city, opera house, great museums, and restaurants. Our hotel is a 150 year old treasure. Travel, explore, and work with your blacksmithing brothers and sisters. Email Jerry Coe, jerryalancoe@gmail.com for itinerary and details. Be part of the change in the World.