After her school years of playing with old cameras and dark rooms filled with chemicals and eerie light, Erica turned to the fine building trades and learned to be a metal craftsman by working alongside a metal sculptor and fabricator for several years in Boston starting in 1994, building unique and challenging custom constructions in all metals, shapes, and sizes, in areas of private and commercial sites. Since 2001 she has run her own studio continuing to provide a range of custom metalwork commissions to architects and designers, such as furniture and hardware utilizing various techniques including engineering, welding, machining, & forging.
In 2016 she introduced a line of personal work crafting metal serving utensils that explore using basic metals such as brass, copper, steel, and wood, with simple methods and aesthetics of traditional metal craft, while also drawing on her years of experience building minimally designed metal fabrications for her architectural clients. Her designs borrow from both the antique puritan and minimal modern aesthetic, striving for a style that is visibly handcrafted, yet refined in its practical beauty. Pieces include hammered copper ladles, brass and forged steel pie servers, and aluminum and ebony chopsticks. Her work has been noticed by publications such as Bon Appetit, Esquire, and the New York Times Magazine. She has taught numerous places such as Penland School of Craft, Woodenboat School, Center for FurnitureCraftsmanship, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, & Wentworth Institute of Technology.Since 2015 she lives and works in Maine in the midcoast village of Waldoboro.