Mary Jane Verniere
Mary Jane Verniere is a multimedia artist and blacksmith based in the Los Angeles area. Born in Washington state, Verniere began her career in a fabrication studio, where she learned diverse metalworking techniques. She eventually took a position under Brian Brazeall in the metal shop at Mission San Juan Capistrano. This sparked her interest in traditional blacksmithing, which has been central to her artistic endeavors ever since. She spent the following two decades on the West Coast of Ireland creating sculptural and functional metal works. She also joined Umha Aois: an annual symposium of Bronze Age enthusiasts whose research has advanced the field of experimental archaeology.
Verniere is currently the executive director of Adam’s Forge, a metal shop in Simi Valley, California with the mission of facilitating self-expression through the ancient art of blacksmithing.