118 Sherwood Ln.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Flag Forge is a modern blacksmithing shop run by Cathi Borthwick. She creates functional art pieces for the home using traditional and modern blacksmithing methods for working hot steel. Below is some more specific information about Cathi and her work.
INFLUENCES/ARTISTIC STATEMENT Steel is a magical medium to work with. When it is at a working heat (2000°F), it is the consistency of modeling clay and can be worked into all kinds of wonderful, flowing forms. When it cools, it returns to its rigid state and leaves you to wonder just how it could get into the shape it’s in. The final product can be both beautiful and durable, a work of functional art. Ironwork is enjoying a renaissance both in the public eye and in the number of individuals interested in working the metal. Therefore, there is quite a bit of creative energy flowing in our medium, a challenge and stimulation to create new work.
SPECIAL MAJOR SHOWS Cathi has concentrated on showing her work for the last 27 years at juried art shows throughout the United States. Shows have included the Beverly Hills Affaire in the Gardens, the Contemporary Crafts Market, the Scottsdale Arts Festival, the Park City Kimball Art Show, the Southwest Arts Fair, the Sun Valley Arts Fair, the Wells St. Arts Fair, and the Bayou City Arts Fair as well as being an invited artist at the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Arts Festival and the Columbus (OH) Arts festival. She has won numerous awards in the metal category from various shows including the Scottsdale Arts Festival, the Indio Southwest Arts Festival, the Sedona Arts Festival, and the Mountain Artists Rendezvous in Jackson Hole.
She has also shown her work in various gallery settings throughout the years including the Columbus Art Museum, Shemer Art Center, Prescott College Art Museum, the ABANA Conference galleries in Flagstaff and La Crosse WI, and in various shows at the Coconino Center for the Arts.
Cathi has been a demonstrator at the 1986, 1996, and 1998 ABANA (Artist Blacksmith Association of North America) conference (a three day biennial international conference for blacksmiths.) She is a past president of the Arizona Artist Blacksmith Association and was awarded the 2014 Bill Callaway Award for Outstanding Member Contributions for her efforts on behalf of the blacksmithing community.
OTHER INTERESTING INFORMATION Cathi’s work has appeared in Metropolitan Home, Bon Appetit, The New York Times Magazine, AmericanStyle, and San Francisco Magazine. Work has been purchased by such individuals as Dudley Moore, James Taylor, Dwight Yokum, and Julian Lennon.