Artists | Chad Manley

Chad Manley
Chad Manley was born in 1969, to a childhood spent in the untamed, sun-bleached mountains of Northern New Mexico. Traditional apprenticeship with a diverse and renowned cast of local artists formed the bedrock of Chad’s education in craftsmanship, skill of hand, and love of studio work.
Chad attended the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. After fully immersing himself in an inner examination of process and method, and an outer awareness of the history of arts and design Chad ventured back west by thumb and by freight.
Settling within the great, industrial bowels of Portland, Oregon, Chad found a studio tucked in an 1800s foundry that served as one of the North West’s oldest and largest industrial recycling facility. Chad’s studio work turned to an artistic exploration of the history of human industry; the dynamic co-evolution of people, our tools, and the objects we live with. Through this artistic exploration he was drawn irrevocably to design as a functional art form.
Years later, Chad moved to New York City, working in design fabrication, prototyping and creating production protocols. It was through this work he gleaned a deeper understanding of the design world and the creative workings of “the trade.” Here, Chad developed his first collection of innovative, industry-stirring design that fundamentally blurred the lines between art and design.
Chad returned home to Northern New Mexico in 2000, with the tools, machines, and a fundamental understanding of industry that could only have been collected out side of the remote southwestern lands he loves. Chad continues to live and work at the foot of the Sangre de Christo Mountains in Taos, New Mexico.
-Chadwick Dean Manley