One of a Kind: CIADC Candlestick Donations

The Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center held an open call for candlestick donations from our community this summer. The candlestick holders represent the variety of industrial processes that take place in our metal, wood, technology and casting departments here at CIADC.

A selection of these works are now on display and for sale in the reception area at CIADC. 100% of the proceeds from all candlestick purchases will be put in the Operating Budget for new tools and Department upgrades. Great for a holiday gift that supports CIADC – stop in and make a candlestick holder yours!


 David Goth – Mild steel, terra cotta, cast concrete $40

David Goth – Mild steel, terra cotta, cast concrete $40

David Goth is a student in the Fabricated Metalworking and Forging Department. David's candlestick holder is made of steel rods that were cast into a terra cotta pot with concrete.


 Sarah Holden – Mild steel, velvet flocking hand bent, hammered and welded steel wire $125 

Sarah Holden – Mild steel, velvet flocking hand bent, hammered and welded steel wire $125 

Sarah Holden is an instructor in the Fabricated Metalworking and Forging Department. Sarah's candlestick is made of mild steel wire that was hammered, bent and welded together into sheets of patterned metal that she then cut and formed into a triangle shape. The red flocked heart bottom is coated with velvet to both highlight the heart bottom and protect the surface it sits on.


 Natalie Kling – cast concrete $30 per set

Natalie Kling – cast concrete $30 per set

Natalie Kling is a continuing student in the Fabricated Metalworking and Forging Department. Natalie's candlestick holders were inspired by negative space. Natalie's favorite part of creating these pieces was investigating the variety of negative spaces available in her recycling bin. Her spent Trader Joe's spice containers created her favorite shapes.


 Peter Mikalajunas – Forged and fabricated mild steel $200

Peter Mikalajunas – Forged and fabricated mild steel $200

Peter Mikalajunas is a continuing student in the Fabricated Metalworking and Forging Department. Peter's candlestick holders were created as an opportunity to experiment with different processes – forging steel rod flat and forming it into a spiral. Forming mild steel sheet to create dimensional leaves and welding together sections of steel round stock to create organic forms were all processes that Peter wanted to experiment with at CIADC.


 Vic Nelson – Fabricated mild steel and plywood $150

Vic Nelson – Fabricated mild steel and plywood $150

Vic Nelson is a continuing student and monitor in the Fabricated Metalworking and Forging and Woodworking Departments. Vic's candlestick holder is informed by his interest in architecture and is made of brazed steel and fabricated plywood.


 Dan O'Brien – Forged and fabricated mild steel $75

Dan O'Brien – Forged and fabricated mild steel $75

Dan O'Brien is a continuing student and monitor in the Fabricated Metalworking and Forging Deparment. Dan's candlestick holder was inspired by the paisley patterns of the 1960's hippie California where he grew up.