Craft & Material Studies
With each object Cary Stefani designs, he creates more than a trendy accessory or architectural element—he fashions a work of art. He and his son, Jesse (’02), are the owners of Stefani & Co., a metalsmithing studio in Keego Harbor.
“Originally, our work was focused on jewelry but in 2005 we decided to expand our services to include larger format objects—sculpture, furniture, lighting and other architectural elements,” said Stefani.
“We recently finished and installed the gates and handrails for the main entrance of Michigan State University’s Beal Botanical Garden and have been contracted to design and produce stair rails for the remaining three entrances. We are also constructing a bronze wall sculpture for another botanical garden in Punta Gorda, Florida. We still give the same attention to detail/design as we do when we create jewelry, but it’s on a much larger scale!”
Since he was a child, Stefani has been interested in art. His father was a toolmaker, which instilled a defined, precise approach to his work. As a student at Southfield High School, he instantly fell in love with metalsmithing projects he was assigned in a crafts class.
“The tight, engineered application of the craft is what attracted me initially,” explained Cary.
“But my experiences at CCS are what gave me the background to get into a field like this."
"Making a living through creating my own work—and having the opportunity to do it with my son—has been extremely satisfying.”