We began Feed The Ravens in 2010 while living and working in Germany. Between our day jobs, we traveled extensively and made friends with several craftspeople in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. We worked closely with them, commissioning specific replicas of archaeological finds. They were, and continue to be, master artisans in jewelry making, blacksmithing, weaving, woodworking and bone carving. We sell their work alongside our leatherwork and ceramics.
As our business grew, we shifted away from replicas to designing and making original, modern home objects and wearables inspired by our study of ancient history and archaeology. We left our jobs in 2014, moved home to the United States and became full-time artisans. We still travel to Europe every year to connect with our friends, collect unique items, and explore Europe's extensive craft heritage.
Cleveland Institute of Art – BFA, Ceramics
I am enthralled by the mark makers of ancient Europe. The earliest pottery is, to me, some of the most elegant. While studying ancient pots I often find surprising similarities between cultures half a world and ages apart. Over the past 12 years, I have made a lot of replica work for historical festivals and open-air museums in Europe. Naturally, this work has informed my modern ceramic designs. I love to pore over archaeological records to compare and contrast the language of form, ornament and function. Whenever I return home to my studio after working abroad, I find myself invigorated, and excited to begin a fresh batch of modern work, enjoying the freedom to deviate in form and mark, creating modern artifacts with an ancient presence.
Leather and ornament
I am a raconteur, traveler, curator and maker. Perhaps that’s why the history and craft of the Viking Age appeal to me. I’ve ventured far and wide to collect beautiful things, to interact with other cultures, to be inspired by various heritage craftspeople, to learn from them and laugh with them. I am particularly fortunate to be able to create alongside my wife, and that we vibrate on the same making frequency. It’s a particular kind of closeness to create beautiful things with your significant other, whether we are collaborating on ceramics or just working side by side.
We find it alarming that white supremacists are actively taking Viking Age symbols out of their historical context and using them as symbols of hate. We, and other reenactors/historians, must resist this so that Norse culture is not lost to misappropriation by racist ideology. We recognize that because we make and sell crafts associated with Norse and Viking Age history, some people may mistakenly associate us with right-wing white supremacist culture, so we hereby state publicly that we condemn bigotry and racism in any and all forms. We support civil and human rights and welcome all people into our booth, our shop and our lives, ....unless they identify as Nazis.