Visual Cultures Forum – Erica Moody
Architectural and decorative metal design and fabrication

The Department of Visual Communication hosted the founder/principal of Magma Metalworks Erica Moody for a Visual Cultures Forum.

Magma Metalworks is a small custom metal fabrication shop working in architectural and decorative metal design and fabrication. The studio specializes in custom metal furniture and smaller fine metal craft, and primarily works with clients from NYC to all of New England. Erica Moody founded Magma in 2001 and has been working as a professional metal fabricator since 1994. Her initial creative focus was in the arts, specifically photography, and this creative and artistic foundation, combined with over 20 years of practical metal fabrication and design provides a distinguished chemistry bringing to her work technical precision, strength, efficiency, and beauty.
Erica Moody initially studied film and photography at Hampshire College. She then moved to Boston in search of a career that could continue developing her desire to create. Exposure to Boston’s historic architecture and befriending local talented craftsmen inspired a new intrigue for learning the high craft of a building trade, and in 1994 she began an apprenticeship at a custom metal shop in Boston’s South End.
In 2001 she decided to open her own studio in Boston, founding Magma Metalworks.  After growing the business in Boston, she relocated it to run out of an antique barn in Midcoast Maine.
Erica has taught at several institutions, including at the Wentworth Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She also teaches annual workshops at the Woodenboat School in Maine, and at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.