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About Ironwood Studios Inc.

Discover the Limitless Potential of Welding

Ironwood Studios provides clients with custom, original artistic pieces backed by 25 years of experience. Stacey offers a collaborative creative environment which enables clients to comfortably convey their vision. She then infuses her one of kind style and design into every piece she creates, resulting in truly bespoke pieces. 

Women’s Welding Workshops at Ironwood Studios offers women a place to learn how to weld in a safe and empowering environment. Workshops are hosted in the barn on our property in the Finger Lakes region. These classes provide a country retreat and a chance to get away from it all surrounded by other adventurous women. Stacey’s approach to teaching comes from her experience as a self-taught welder/artist. Her teaching style is very relaxed, fun and non-technical. Students learn exactly what they need to know to leave with a finished piece and bragging rights for trying something new.

Vision & Mission

A Note From Stacey

"I have navigated firsthand the physical and emotional challenges encountered by women in this field, which is predominantly occupied by men. My unique journey has cultivated a keen awareness of the need for a fresh approach in introducing the world of welding to both women and clients. I started Ironwood Studios, along with my husband Tom, to create a space that women could feel empowered, enjoy time with their friends, meet new people, and enjoy learning a fun, new skill!"

Our Vision

To offer a collaborative, creative environment which enables clients and attendees to comfortably convey their vision and fully immerse themselves in an artistic lifestyle experience.

Our Mission

To be a retreat to reconnect with—or discover—your artistic self in a safe, supportive environment.

"Find Your Spark"

Photo of Stacy Mrva - professional metal sculptor & owner of Ironwood Studios Inc in the Finger Lakes region of NY
Our Team

Meet the Ironwood Studios Team

Stacey Mrva

Artist/Instructor

Thomas Richens

Musician/Author

Ironwood Studios In the news

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Check out this wonderful article highlighting the Women's Welding Workshops at Ironwood Studios Inc.

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I had an amazing time sitting down to chat about the Women's Welding Workshops with the very talented, Avery Shepard, aka The Tiny Trailblazer! Check out the video below!

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I won 2nd place in the PathStone Loan Readiness Training Series Pitch Competition. Here is the Rochester Business Journal article.

4-H UNITY Teens Join Welding Workshop - Ironwood Studios

Teens from the Monroe County 4-H UNITY program at Agape Haven of Abundance visited Ironwood Studios in Springwater, NY to learn about the field of welding.

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Spectrum News 1 created a video and article highlighting our Women's Welding Workshops!

Rochester NY Flower City themed metal bench created by Ironwood Studios Inc in Springwater, NY.

The WEDGE featured a piece on my partnership with the South Clinton Merchants Association to beautify S. Clinton Ave. Check it out!

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WXXI News did a piece about my visit to the Edison Career and Technology High school’s women in welding workshop.

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The Genesee Valley Penny Saver completed this write up to highlight the ribbon cutting ceremony for the benches I created for town of LeRoy, New York.

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Check out this write up from The Batavian about the benches I created for the Town of LeRoy, New York

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Visit LivCo wrote a piece featuring Ironwood Studios and my custom functional & fine art.

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Rochester First wrote about the statue sculpture I created honoring musician Blanche Calloway.

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This is a video of the unveiling of the statue I created for Blanche Calloway!

Testimonials

Lori Kenney
Lori Kenney
May 26, 2024
Stacey at Ironwood Studio was such a great teacher. Great workshop! Yes! to women welders.
Jennifer Faith
Jennifer Faith
May 25, 2024
I had a blast at the tulip workshop! It’s a super comfortable and inviting atmosphere! I am so glad I took this workshop and look forward to moving on with more welding! Thank you so much, Stacey!
James Dziadaszek
James Dziadaszek
May 5, 2024
I totally enjoyed this experience. Will plan on attending another class and make another weldment. I gave my candlebras to my wife as an early Mother's Day gift (from the heart) Stacey is an excellent teacher.
Patricia Gobble
Patricia Gobble
April 26, 2024
I am definitely going back. It was fun, interesting and Stacey was wonderful! I believe everyone enjoyed learning about welding and came home with a beautiful piece of art! Thank you!
K C
K C
April 26, 2024
Stacey at Ironwood Studios was a pleasure! That is more often not the case in this day and age. She brings empowerment to women while teaching them how to make something beautiful.
Lois Dugo
Lois Dugo
April 24, 2024
We took a welding class with Stacey at Ironwood Studios and made tulips. She was an excellent teacher and made the project 100% achievable. I admired how organized and clean her studio was. She provided a homemade lunch that was delicious and invited us into her home to eat at her dining room table. We are officially members of the Welding Warriors Club and look forward to taking another class with her!!
Andrea Bacher
Andrea Bacher
April 19, 2024
Was an amazing time! I can’t wait to go back! Very empowering ! 💚💚💚💚💚💚
B Cole
B Cole
April 7, 2024
This was my first experience welding so I was a little nervous, but Stacy is GREAT! Very fun, relaxed environment with hands on guidance. I will definitely be back for another class☺️
Diane Fowler
Diane Fowler
April 7, 2024
Stacey was so fun and the project of an eclipse was a perfect way to spend a couple hours.. Highly recommend!!

Stacey Mrva

ARTIST/INSTRUCTOR

Stacey Mrva, a professional metal sculptor from Rochester, NY, has spent over 25 years creating a diverse portfolio of custom sculptures for both public and private spaces throughout the Finger Lakes region. Her work, characterized by a unique blend of whimsy and functionality, resonates with clients who seek to bring their visions to life.

Stacey’s journey began at Syracuse University, where she initially studied jewelry making and metalsmithing. However, her passion shifted to sculpture when she first experienced welding steel. The challenge of transforming a cold, rigid material into fluid, organic shapes captivated her, sparking a lifelong dedication to the craft.

Her stunning creations range from steel furniture and railings to public signage, benches, wall art, and lighting—each piece meticulously crafted by hand. Stacey takes pride in her ability to tailor her pieces to fit any setting, making art an integral part of everyday life.

In the fall of 2022, Stacey began teaching welding workshops for women in her barn studio. Her passion for welding and empowering other women has created a welcoming space where they can break down barriers, foster confidence, and build lasting friendships.

“I’m an artist but also a craftsperson,” she says. “I love creating pieces that are not only visually striking but also accessible and functional.”

Stacey’s public installations can be admired along South Clinton Avenue in downtown Rochester, on Main Street in LeRoy, NY, and at notable locations like the Lodge at Woodcliff, the Meridian Centre Office Park, and Summit Federal Credit Union in Penfield, NY. Each piece reflects her commitment to enhancing community spaces through art.

Tom "Ozzy" Richens

Musician/Author

Thomas Richens is a man of many talents, seamlessly blending his academic prowess with his passion for music and cultural preservation. Graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Geneseo in 2008, Tom has co-authored several noteworthy publications, including “Images of America: Letchworth State Park, New York.”

When he’s not deep in the archives, Tom takes center stage in the bustling world of live music production. As a drum technician for iconic bands like Megadeth, Dropkick Murphys, and PRIMUS, Tom ensures every beat hits with perfection. His meticulous work involves everything from setting up and repairing drum kits to working closely with audio engineers for the perfect sound. Off the road, Tom taps into another of his passions as the co-owner of Flower City Maple, producing and marketing high-quality maple syrup. Whether he’s behind the drums or in the maple woods, Tom’s blend of technical skill and creative flair make him a true maestro in his diverse fields.

His dual life extends to his co-ownership of Ironwood Studios, where he is currently the project manager for renovations and construction on the property. Once complete, Tom will be extending offerings in the barn to drum clinics, recording space and all things music on the 2nd floor of the Barn.

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