Metal Artist and Owner of Mitty's Metal Art
Ryan Schmidt lived and managed his original metal art studio in the breathtaking Appalachian region surrounded by the Daniel Boone National Park in historic Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. This is a big change from busy Kansas City, Missouri where he lived until his move to Tennessee in 2015. In 2021, Ryan was offered an opportunity to move his studio to Kansas City, Missouri. This afforded him to live once again in his hometown.
Shortly after Ryan moved from Kansas City to Cumberland Gap, he met William Brock, a traditional blacksmith and the owner of Rusted Bird Studio. Under his instruction, Ryan began learning the art of blacksmithing. Ryan's passion is collaborating with Interior Designers, Landscape Architects, and Private Clients, making custom functional objects, ornamental ironwork, sculptures, and furniture for home and public spaces.
Ryan is a proud member of the Clinch River Blacksmith Guild (CRBG), Appalachian Area Chapter of Blacksmiths (AACB) and Artist-Blacksmith's Association of North America (ABANA).
When Ryan's not blacksmithing, he's exploring the area on his Harley or mountain biking. His goals in life are to work hard, stay humble, smile often, never stop learning, and always be thankful.