Wednesday, May 24, 2017

SALE! Small Batch Furniture

I'm determined to sell them all.
What about YOUR house or bar?

Shipping is only $100 UPS 2day (each).
Call (502)859-3170 or email for prices.
These are going to go fast!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017


Maynard Studios Installs Very Large Metalwork in Boston

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Matthew and Karine Maynard of Maynard Studios here in Lawrenceburg just recently returned from Boston, Massachusetts, where they installed one of their largest sculptural commissions to date.
The 114 foot long installation, titled “SM-06” sits atop a fourth floor terrace overlooking the waterfront in the Financial District of downtown Boston. The sculpture will be a centerpiece of the community garden space for residents of One Seaport Square once the monumental skyscraper is completed in 2017. To meet with the general contractors schedule, artists Matthew and Karine only had one week to install, and so brought two of their full-time shop employees, Anthony Pogioli and Cody Dean of Lawrenceburg to help. Three additional iron workers were supplied on the job site.
This summer in Lawrenceburg, Matthew Maynard hand forged each of the 413 pieces and the entire project took over 1,000 man hours to create. The sculpture started as 18,000 pounds of steel rod, which had to be ordered direct from the foundry. Each two inch diameter solid steel picket was heated to over two thousand degrees and forged into a long taper with the use of a power hammer.  The ends were finished on an anvil by hand. The sculpture at Seaport Square was developed through a creative collaboration of Matthew and Karine Maynard and prominent landscape architect JP Shadley. It is the sixth collaboration between Shadley and the Maynards, hence the title “SM-06.” A plaque is planned for the gardens to identify the artists.
To celebrate, the Maynards would like to invite you to their 6th annual Open Studio event this Saturday, November 5th from 10 am – 5 pm, to hear and see more about this record breaking project. The Open Studio event will be apart of the 2016 Art Trail where four other local art studios will be hosting open houses and sales across Anderson and Mercer Counties.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

We reached a new milestone on Houzz recently; our photos have been saved over 10,000 times within the Houzz community! Thank you to everyone who follows us & saves our projects for inspiration.
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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Pacesetter Award

We are proud to share that Matt & Karine were at the State Capitol yesterday, receiving a 2016 Ky Pacesetter Award from America's SBDC - Kentucky. 

Governor Matt Bevin, Karine Maynard, Matthew Maynard & Shirie Hawkins of SBDC

The Kentucky Small Business Pacesetter Award Recognition Program honors high-performing second stage businesses that are producing innovative products, increasing sales, creating jobs and serving communities of the Commonwealth. Businesses are selected on their intent and capacity to add employees, grow sales, and contribute to their communities.

2016 Kentucky Pacesetter Award: Matthew & Karine Maynard, Maynard Studios, Inc.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Pacesetter Award

Maynard Studios has been selected one of the 2016 Kentucky Business Pacesetters. It joins a group of businesses that will be recognized for changing the economic landscape of Kentucky by introducing innovative products, increasing sales and/or production, boosting employment, and serving the communities of the commonwealth.

The Kentucky Business Pacesetter Award ceremony will be at 10 a.m. May 3 at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort. For more information about Maynard Studios, call 502-859-3170, see more of their work at, or join them on Facebook.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Press Release

March 21, 2016

Matthew and Karine Maynard of Maynard Studios, Inc. of Lawrenceburg, KY win two awards in international metalcraft competition.

LOUISVILLE, KY­ Matthew and Karine Maynard, President and Vice President of Maynard Studios Inc. of Lawrenceburg, KY have won two awards for outstanding craftsmanship in an international competition sponsored by the National Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metals Association (NOMMA). The event was open to over 600 member firms throughout the U.S. and over a dozen foreign countries.

The Maynard's also won the Gold award in the Gate, Driveway Forged. This entry was designed and created by the Maynards for Apiary Fine Caterings event space in Lexington KY. The Maynards also won the Bronze award in the Interior Railings- Ferrous Forged category. Their entry was a railing made for a private clients home in Louisville, Kentucky.

The presentation was made at a special banquet in Greenville, SC Saturday March 19 2016 during NOMMA’s annual convention. The Ernest Wiemann Top Job Awards Competition is an annual contest that recognizes outstanding work in the ornamental and miscellaneous metals industry.

To win an award, entrants must submit photos and a description of their work. The material is then publicly displayed in a gallery where NOMMA member firms are given the opportunity to vote. Winning a Top Job award has special meaning, since it represents the “voice of approval” from industry peers.

NOMMA, headquartered in Forest Park, GA, is the trade association for the metals industry. Products produced by NOMMA members range from railings to driveway gates and include sculpture to light structural steel.

To reach Maynard Studios, call (502) 859­3170, see more of their work at, or join them on Facebook.

To view winning entry, visit and click on > Top Job Galleries

Monday, March 14, 2016

Growing Your Arts Based Business

Growing Your Arts Based Business

by Karine Maynard

Our journey may not be the same as yours. Many of us have similar stories, but most successful artists and small business owners take their own paths. We want to share our story and in doing so show how funding for the arts not can not only grow an artists work, but grow a community.

Growing/ expanding your arts-based business is as important as making the work itself, and often it's case that you find yourself fighting for the time to make both happen. In our case, we knew our products would be highly sought after if exposed to a specific market, but we also knew we were not prepared to scale up our business alone.

The entire time that we were learning and creating, we were also developing as business owners in the Creative Industry. For starters Maynard Studios needed to find a way to connect with the Arts Community, so in 2008 we entered in the Kentucky Arts Councils' emerging artist program and received an Individual Artist Fellowship Award and later in 2010 Matthew was awarded the Al Smith Fellowship.

Our new “professional appearance” and validation had an almost domino's effect. Maynard Studios started making more contacts, started getting featured in newspapers, magazines, and galleries. Which ultimately lead to business piling up in the office! At this point, we now were looking to expand, but to do this, requires money and collateral.

We inquired at our local Small Business Development Center.

“Access to capital is still the biggest hurdle for small-business owners. That hasn't changed”- Shirie Hawkins, director of the Bluegrass Development Center.

Through our income, sales and installations we had an idea on basic accounting but were not “polished” enough to head to a bank. After much work with the SBDC, we had a business plan written, we had our first monetary based inventory of our tools, we had projections of future sales for years to come, etc. All of a sudden, we were becoming accountable, and ready to ask for assistance with funding for an expansion.

At first, we asked the bank for a loan to buy updated equipment and to build the new building we needed. As small businesses owners who had just incorporated, we didn't have enough collateral to secure a large building loan. However, the bank was able to point us in another direction, which was to the State. The Economic Development Cabinet (EDC) visited with us to review plans and eventually we were provided with the collateral we needed, via a secondary guarantee loan from the EDC, to get financing from the bank.

Like a goldfish in a bowl, a bigger art studio space meant we could do bigger work and more of it! As a result of the loan, and subsequent increased studio space, in 2012 to 2013, we doubled our gross sales, just as projected in our business plan. However, the surprise came in 2014 when we nearly doubled our that again.

So in a summary, by the Economic Development Cabinet for the Commonwealth of Kentucky helping us get our first loan, it quadrupled our commissions in two years time. We were able to help support other small businesses as well, by buying our materials from local vendors and we've been able to create jobs! Our studio maintains 6-8 employees at any time, sometimes more for specific jobs. All of this, in return, has allowed us to apply for more grants and support (including support from the Kentucky Arts Council and from Workforce Development) to help us train our employees and to educate and help certify employees in our creative trade. This has also led to us increasing our taxes paid to state and federal government (by 700%!) which includes a percentage that helps fund organizations that provide small businesses with advice and access to the same kind of loan assistance that was provided to help us.

There are many other details and experiences I'd like to share with you, but what I've written about here are the main points I share when I lecture in our local community and across the state. Just this past November I gave a lecture entitled, “Forging Relationships to Expand your Arts Based Business: Tools of the Trade”, at the Creative Industries Summit in Owensboro, Kentucky.

I should mention, beyond the growing "creative industry" business trends in Kentucky, findings of two United Nations reports, published in 2008 and 2010, affirm that the Creative Economy, globally speaking, is “not only one of the most rapidly growing sectors of the world economy, but also a highly transformative one, in terms of income-generation, job creation and export earnings.” Additional data published in May 2013 by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development showed that the global creative economy more than doubled between 2002 and 2011. Its average annual growth rate during that period was 8.8 percent. Creative Industry Report;

Remember, to expand your business will be hard work no matter what, but each of the groups that assisted us in our growth (mentioned above) exist to help YOU and your creative business succeed. When you succeed at growing, you will make more money. More money= proportionately more taxes to fund those same programs that help small businesses. And funding small businesses mean (for us at least) more jobs and more people with pay checks to spend in our state and local economies. Growth of a community!

Lastly, I want to emphatically congratulate the Kentucky Arts Council. If you are an artist and not a member, you should apply. You will not find a better advocate for Artists anywhere in the state, and I'd argue anywhere in the nation. Trust them. They benefit only from making you look good. They are also the organization working to quantify the economic benefit of Arts-based businesses and they report that directly to the legislature (who plays a big part in deciding where funding is and is not applied.) The Kentucky Arts Council's model is working so well that other states are catching on to the movement. Just this year in March, New Mexico has introduced the “Create Act” to support art businesses, and jobs in the creative economy. (Read more at

Small is BEAUTIFUL, keep it simple, and focus on each step, just one at a time. Support is out there. We can do this!


Karine Maynard can be engaged for public speaking opoortunities, by emailing Katie Trimpe at :