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Carlo Maggiora LLC | Santa Fe Mountmakers
is an established museum services company providing  artifact mount-making and exhibit installation.

Carlo Maggiora LLC | Santa Fe Mountmakers specialize in the design, fabrication and installation of mounts, supports, armatures and display systems for small and large museums, galleries and private collectors. Each mount is custom designed and crafted in cooperation with the exhibition designers, conservators and curators to create visually enticing  exhibits with the conservation of the artifacts always at the forefront. We have a fully equipped mount making shop at our main facility and a complete field mountmaking setup. We have recently established a base in Santa Fe, New Mexico. We work from either of our facilities or on location, or both depending on the project.

Carlo Maggiora LLC main facility is centrally located in Midtown Cleveland, Ohio, between University Circle and downtown. It is housed in a  turn of the century carriage house with 3000 sq. feet of studio space on three floors. It is separated into multiple work stations for different materials; steel, brass, aluminum, acrylic, epoxy, wood, foam and textiles. The metal shop includes a lathe, milling machine and tig welder, and oxy-fuel torches. There is an area for very fine metalwork, with a jewelry bench and jewelry making tools. The range of equipment allows for great versatility in building mounts both very small and detailed to very large and sculptural. The shop has a large sliding door that opens to the street for easy loading of materials and large pieces. On the second floor are the office, mannequin and textile areas where busts and custom mannequin parts are carved and sewn using conservationally approved materials.

Carlo Maggiora LLC | Santa Fe Mountmakers is a brother and sister team.

carlo circleCarlo Maggiora is founder and chief designer/mount maker and lighting designer and heads the Cleveland, Ohio facility. He began museum mount making in the nineties with the reinstallation of the Egyptian galleries at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
 With over a decade of prior experience in film set construction and steel furniture making, Carlo designed and fabricated the mounts and hanging hardware for many of the large Egyptian stone reliefs and architectural fragments. Carlo subsequently worked full time in the installation department of the Cleveland Museum of Art from 2001 to 2003, working on numerous exhibitions, making and installing mounts in the Pre-Columbian gallery, the Asian galleries and the African gallery. Recently he assisted with the museum’s extensive renovation. Carlo also design lighting for exhibits. He completed a lighting project for the main building of the Cleveland Public Library in Downtown Cleveland. He founded Carlo Maggiora LLC in 2004.

cristina circleCristina Maggiora is  a metalsmith, mountmaker, often project manager and currently heads the Santa Fe studio. She,  majored in metalsmithing at the Cleveland Institute of Art and is  a jewelry designer with a long career in New York City, showing and selling her work through major department stores, galleries and showrooms. Cristina and other skilled crew members work regularly on the design and fabrication of mounts and installations, in particular the delicate, jewel like mounts for small artifacts and the construction of mannequins and textile fixtures. Cristina has been on the team since the founding of the company and travels to different cities to work on location when needed. She now lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Useful Links:

Mount maker, Wikipedia <link>
5th International Mountmakers Forum, 2016 <link>
4th International Mountmakers Forum, 2015 <link>