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Meet the Yardies

The Founders

Nick Bauta

Nick Bauta is an artist and designer who crafts leather jewelry and clothes, urban furniture, and metal sculpture. He f... read more →

Clay Rockefeller

Clay Rockefeller is an artist/entrepreneur who values volunteerism and community. His personal experiences and his wor... read more →

The Staff

Howie Sneider Executive Director

Howie Sneider was born in Syracuse, NY. His childhood exploration of the forests and abandoned quarries of central New Y... read more →

Tim Ferland Art Production Manager

Tim Ferland has worked as a fabricator for multiple highly renowned artists, holds the position of Art Production Manage... read more →

Mandara Mackinnon Volunteer Coordinator

Mandara MacKinnon settled in Rhode Island in 2003 after spending four years bouncing from state to state. Since making a... read more →

Islay Taylor Program Director

Islay Taylor is a contemporary art jeweler, who uses the body as a pedestal to showcase wearable sculptures. She receive... read more →

The Board

Nat Harris Board Chair

Jennifer Vacca Board Secretary

Frank F. Previti Board Treasurer

Megan Boyaval

Damian Ewens

Kristine Merz

Benjamin Rackliffe

Manya Rubinstein

Emily Vander Does

The Instructors


April Franklin

April Franklin is a professional blacksmith specializing in architectural and interior metal design, fabrication, and in... read more →

Nick Tomlin

Nick Tomlin grew up in Singapore and England before moving to Providence to study Industrial Design at RISD. During his... read more →

Willow Zietman

Willow Zietman is a blacksmith, flameworker and metal artist. She has studied metal arts in several places, including Ha... read more →


David Allyn

David Allyn is the founder of the Steel Yard clay department and a RISD MFA graduate. He has taught ceramics at RISD an... read more →

Patti Barnatt

Patti Barnatt believes that making things is essential to one’s life and that sharing one’s expertise with o... read more →

John Fazzino

John Fazzino’s work is an eclectic collection of objects for and about the garden. The larger outdoor work nests i... read more →

Fredric Gorman

Originally a native of Rhode Island, Fredric Gorman studied 2D Fine Arts at RISD and Massachusetts College of Art and De... read more →

Peter Lutz

Peter Lutz was born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas where he spent much of his youth climbing trees; yes there are tre... read more →

Amanda Soule

Amanda is a human being who moved to Providence in 2012 in search of time and community. After graduating from Benningto... read more →

Micah Thanhauser

Micah Thanhauser is a graduate of Brown University, where he studied art, creativity, and meditation. He learned to make... read more →


Alison Bruun

Alison Bruun is a metalsmith and teaching artist located in Providence, RI. She took her first jewelry class for fun as ... read more →

Heather Guidero

Heather Guidero is a 2002 RISD graduate with a BFA in jewelry and metalsmithing. After 3 years of goldsmithing in New Yo... read more →

Andrew Haviland

Andrew Haviland is a maker of fine goods. Graduate of Maine College of Art with a major in metalsmithing and jewelry, he... read more →

Steven Gordon Holman

Steven Gordon Holman was born in 1988 in Leaminton, Utah. His work is a reflection on his rural upbringing, a collection... read more →

Amie Plante

Amie Louise Plante is a native Rhode Island artist, jeweler, designer and teacher extraordinaire. She earned her BFA in... read more →

Islay Taylor Program Director

Islay Taylor is a contemporary art jeweler, who uses the body as a pedestal to showcase wearable sculptures. She receive... read more →


Francisco Barada

Frank has 10 years of welding experience creating numerous high-end, elaborate and ornate fences and gates at Castillo I... read more →

Elliot Berry

A graduate of Hampshire College in Applied Design, Elliot has an innate interest in all things mechanical. As an artist,... read more →

Margo Karoff-Hunger

Margo was born and raised in Providence. She started welding at the Steel Yard's Camp Metalhead before going to wel... read more →

Isabel Mattia

Isabel Mattia is an artist and curator who splits her time between her studio within Smokestack Studios in Fall River MA... read more →

Adam Morosky

Adam Morosky has been welding for 10 years as an independent contractor, teacher, and set decorator for motion pictures,... read more →

Nora Rabins

Nora Rabins makes public art and utilitarian sculpture. Her background is in art, logic and design (with degrees from S... read more →

Max Van Pelt

Max Van Pelt is a Providence-based contemporary artist whose work moves freely between sculpture, painting, and installa... read more →