Global commerce with a local perspective. We are ArtFire.
ArtFire.com is a marketplace, craft and maker community where people from around the world come together to buy, sell and interact. Located in the heart of the Tucson Arts District, ArtFire partners with Maker House to offer a community creative destination that supports local makers and indie businesses.
Maker House, also founded by John Jacobs and Tony Ford, is a collaborative and educational creative space with classes and camps for all ages and showcases unique performances by multidisciplinary artists and tech lovers. Rich with history and adorned with original hand painted murals by famous artist Salvador Corona, southwestern architectural elements unique to Tucson, including carved mesquite columns, marble hearths, saltillo tile and 200 year old mesquite flooring; Maker House and ArtFire represent a unique and emerging STEAM and maker movement.
John A. Jacobs - CEO
With an artistic background and love of business, John has been involved with the craft community and Tucson Gem and Mineral shows from the time he was a child. He has started several successful arts companies, including one of the largest jewelry supply companies on eBay, offering more than 65,000 auctions a week before launching ArtFire.com in 2008. John holds an MBA in International Business and is a veteran of the USAF. He has developed educational materials, tools & product lines in the craft hobby space. He serves on numerous civic & advisory committees for merchant & arts groups, and the City of Tucson while leading the ArtFire team.
Tony Ford - COO
Tony has held executive and leadership positions with Fortune 15 companies, manufacturers, media firms and non-profits and arts organizations. He holds an MBA in International Business and BA in Public Affairs. He is a certified SCRUM Master, a 360 leadership coach, and is well-versed in new media, marketing and project management. Tony has served as adjunct faculty at the University of Arizona, as a media consultant for the US State Department and as an arts liaison with the Arizona State Legislature. He is currently the Emerging Technology Consultant for the Craft and Hobby Association of America.