Payne and Elise have been exploring the art of metal for over 15 years. They have combined their love of nature with an understanding of engineering and design to create original craft for the home and garden. Payne began learning blacksmithing techniques while still in high school and returned to Vermont after acquiring a degree in Russian Studies. Elise began her life in art as a modern dancer and studied in New York City. Before Payne had her try torch work she created paintings on wood, metal, and clothing.
The Junkers collaborate on numerous projects, giving each other advice and criticism. They feel that combining their talents gives them a larger perspective on their work and continual inspiration to create beautiful pieces.