Marigrace grew up in the hills of North Georgia on a small family farm with lots of siblings, animals and trees. She was homeschooled and went to Shorter University (BFA in Fine Art). Having a wonderfully offbeat childhood gave her a different perspective on life and made the idea of being a blacksmith when she grew up not seem impossible.
Starting in high school, Marigrace took blacksmithing classes at the John C. Campbell Folk School to begin learning the craft and then to continue improving her skills. Her passion for blacksmithing comes from its honesty and timelessness. Using only three elements – simple tools, fire, and your hands, a blacksmith crafts iron work that will last for generations. It is an art form that she has been blessed to have handed down to her.