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Our New Year's Resolution

January marks a new year, and for people across the world, a time to recommit themselves to a goal they want to achieve over the next 365 days. For many, the goal is to lose weight or add organization to their lives. For businesses, the objective may be to increase their profit margins or branch out into a new market.

Scathain, while focusing on the business, can only experience growth through our role as an artist. As important as it is to focus on the business aspects of Scathain, it is the sincerity of the art and the attention to our craft that drives our success. 

That is why in 2016, we are going to find the balance between pursing new opportunities and reflecting on what granted us such success in 2015. Each step along the way is important to recognize, enjoy, and remember so that we can continue to be masters of our craft.

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Scathain's 2015 Year in Review

Like most of the rest of the world, Scathain is looking back on 2015, analyzing missteps, celebrating successes, and reminiscing over not-soon-to-be-forgotten memories. 

We have had the great fortune with our business in 2015. In the spring, we graduated from the Scale Up Milwaukee program, which provided us with the tools and knowledge to develop a growth-minded strategy. Over the summer, we completed one of our biggest projects to date - helping to revamp the ambiance at Lambeau Field via the 1919 Kitchen & Tap restaurant. When Autumn hit Wisconsin, we launched our online store, making our work more conveniently and widely available to clients.

The outpouring of support we have received from the community in 2015 has been overwhelming. It has manifested in a variety of forms - financial support, word-of-mouth marketing, press highlights in local outlets - all of which worked together to put Scathain on a path towards continued success in 2016.

It's bittersweet ending such a good year but we are going into 2016 confident that we will be presented with more amazing opportunities.

1919 Kitchen & Tap

1919 Kitchen & Tap

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Happy Holidays from Scathain

We would like to wish you a glorious, rewarding, and productive holiday season. To help spread a holiday wish from a writer who knows the bliss the home can facilitate as much as we do:

“May your walls know joy, may every room hold laughter, and every window open to great possibility.”  
-Mary Anne Radmacher   

It is with this sage advice in mind that we offer some suggestions for starting your new year off with beauty.

Yours for the Taking

Scathain originals are available with just a few clicks at our recently launched online store. Some items are available ready-to-ship while others are handmade-to-order. All of them possess the unique blending of art and function to create beautiful items that do more than meets the eye.

Custom Design

Together, we can create something that meets all of your needs - beautiful, long-lasting, memorable, practical. Whether you are looking for something for your home or business, Scathain has the creative vision and drive to make your dreams a reality.

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Finding Inspiration for our Pieces

Each piece that Scathain creates has a story. Sometimes, the client shares with the designer and artisans what meaning they want their custom piece to embody. Other times, it is the Scathain artisan who draws from his or her own experiences for inspiration.

In the case of these forged candlesticks, that is what happened. They weren't created for a client who brought their dreams to the table. They weren't designed to compliment larger pieces as part of a grand project.

Chris Leslie originally designed and forged these candlesticks as a wedding present for his brother and new sister-in-law. When considering what would be a memorable gift - something meaningful, personal, and beautiful - the only conclusion was that he should make an object of beauty.

While they were designed with his family in mind, anyone who came across the piece raved about their unique style, their assertive tone coupled with gentle wrapping. The careful consideration and genuine inspiration shined through, and encouraged Chris and Scathain to make them available to others who want to commemorate a special occasion.

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Meet the Artist: Bess Corona, Production Manager of Mirrors

Bess has been making mirrors in traditional and innovative ways since 2013. She draws from her education from Milwaukee’s Peck School in fine art and graphic design, as well as the analytical and management skills from a 12 year career in international banking, to manage the production of unique hand-made mirrors. Her talents and education  in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and design inform her aesthetic sensibilities and attention to detail.

Telecommuting in print design, Bess created over 800 ads and 50 restaurant menus, cultivating the skills needed to work simultaneously in a creative, self-driven environment and also on a rigorous timeline. During this two year stint in print design, she worked daily with Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Bess sharpened her talent for self-critique and worked with clients to find the visual solution that works best, which is equally necessary in making one-of-a-kind mirrors for high-end clientele. Her previous career in international banking gave her communication skills and a respect for the work she and her teammates do together to create a product second to none.

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The Definition of "Design"

Design is the method of putting form and content together. Design, just as art, has multiple definitions; there is no single definition.
Design can be art.
Design can be aesthetics.
Design is so simple, that's why it is so complicated.
- Paul Rand

We are first and foremost designers, dedicated to each project. We pride ourselves on being receptive and creative, and capable of turning dreams into realities. But as this quote implies, design embodies more than making something that is purely pleasing to the eye.

It requires form and function. The design of a dining table, no matter how beautifully it photographed, would be useless if it were not functional for a family to gather around.

It requires sentiment. Each piece should evoke a feeling in the client, and even those just passing by. 

It requires commitment to tie all of those aspects together in a single piece, and that is what Scathain provides, a solution to the complicated questions.

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Give the Gift of Scathain

In this season of giving, Scathain wants to make it easier for you to share beautiful items with your loved ones, or treat yourself to a well-deserved object of artistry. That is why we have crafted many "giftable" items that you can purchase now and have wrapped in time to sit under your tree.

These gifts were designed to be both beautiful and functional. When we create objects, we don't want them to simply take up space; we want them to contribute to it. Whether you are looking for something to adorn your office, kitchen, or bedroom, you can rest assured that each piece adds function as well as refinement.

Browse our online store, and invest in a gift that will last a lifetime. 

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Happy Thanksgiving

We are always happy when Thanksgiving rolls around each year because it is this wonderful holiday that affords us the opportunity to thank all of our friends.

This past year has been very good to us. We would like to thank our clients for their patronage and allowing Scathain to flourish. So in this time of gratitude, we give thanks for you, not just for your patronage, but for your confidence in us. 

We would be remiss to not thank our supporters, as well. We have had the pleasure of interacting with many organizations over the past year, all of whom have helped to scale up Scathain. Counting you among our supporters is something which we are especially grateful for.

On behalf of everyone at Scathain, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.

 

Scátháin enjoying a family dinner on our own table at Pizza Man in Milwaukee. 

Scátháin enjoying a family dinner on our own table at Pizza Man in Milwaukee. 


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Meet the Artist: Christof Sander, Head of Design

Christof Sander is an artisan, sculptor, and industrial designer from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is a graduate of Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture. While there, he concentrated on creating functional sculptures and also studied design and jewelry metalsmithing techniques. Christof has worked as a foundry assistant at Wanner Sculpture Studios, during which time he has helped cast and finish bronze, aluminum, and iron sculptures.

As an object maker, his goal is to create that which catches both the eye and the curiosity of the user. His background in sculpture and metalsmithing helps direct his detail-oriented design. Christof's work lets the materials speak for themselves and highlights the physical connection a person has when they interact with the object.

Christof has been with Scátháin since May 2011 when he started by helping with metal fabrication.  He has since taken on all things design for Scátháin by working directly with clients to achieve concepts, shop drawings for the builders, and branding/identity for Scátháin itself. 

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6 Reasons We Love Milwaukee

  1. Great artists call Milwaukee home. It is not a coincidence that Scathain has been able to fill its shop with hardworking, talented, dedicated craftsman.
  2. Reclaimed materials have a story. Whether it is the beam out of an old Pabst building or the planks from a rustic barn, we love bringing these pieces of the Midwest back to life.
  3. We never go thirsty. Milwaukee, affectionately dubbed "Brew City," is home to the country's best micro-breweries, which we reward ourselves with after completing a project.
  4. Pick-me-ups are more than just caffeine. Before the project, we head to Anodyne or Colectivo for local coffee, and a great conversation with the friendly baristas who know not just our orders, but our names.
  5. Milwaukee is covered in beauty. From the murals on the outside of brick buildings to the architectural structures, Milwaukee is a sight for sore eyes.
  6. It's home. While we love creating the artwork that adorns many homes and businesses on both coasts, being nestled right in the middle, surrounded by amazing talent and humble beginnings is what Scathain is all about.

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