Charlie Smith and Jaime Ladet are currently based out of Atlanta Georgia. They have been collaborating and touring together since March of 2004 when they spent the spring and summer sharing four different fire caldrons at nine different events within the Burning Man regional network. This touring and sharing of these caldrons has stimulated an inspiring commonality and friendship between the regional networks across the country. This tour led Charlie and Jaime to create a collaboration called "The Synapses Project". A six part, large-scale burning art project for Burning Man 2005. Synapses is a series of fully collaborative, community built and cared for fire caldrons. Sculptural elements were built in workshops held in New York NY, Atlanta GA, Austin TX, Los Angeles CA, San Francisco CA and Seattle WA by people of all levels of experience. After Burning Man 2005 each cauldron returned to the community that built it.
Jaime is an artist who works in wide variety of mediums including performance, fire arts, photography, sculpture, and painting. She has a BA in Theater Design & Production from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Jaime has been involved in fire arts and performance since 1995 when she was kidnapped by a group of silly fire clowns in the mountains of North Carolina. She has been performing, teaching, and collaborating with other performance and fire artists in her community, nationally, and abroad. Jaime is a documentary and fine arts photographer exhibiting her work in galleries and private collections since 1999.