Chrysalis Arts creates high quality artwork and architectural metalwork for the public realm. Kate Maddison, BA Arch collaborates with architects and developers on new projects, engaging with local authorities and involving communities in regeneration projects. The company combines the skills of artists and other design professionals with a range of highly skilled makers and specialist manufacturers, and has extensive experience in producing work to commission. The company’s diverse experience in the design, development, management and implementation of public art schemes and architectural metalwork commissions has gained Chrysalis an outstanding reputation for high calibre artwork, combined with professionalism in all aspects of project delivery.
Roy works from his forge and studio in the heart of the Shropshire hills, creating Traditional and Contemporary Hand Forged Ironwork.
Roy has a sound background in engineering, architecture and fine art. He ventured into Blacksmithing in 1999 after 28 years in Architectural private practice. Artistic creativity has always been a particular focus of Roy’s life and he felt drawn to express his ideas in a more solid and tangible form. As an Artist Blacksmith he now works with steel, wrought iron, copper and occasionally other metals to produce bespoke metalwork to the highest quality and uncompromising design and craftsmanship; reflecting the passion he has for his work. He meticulously creates everything from candle holders, fireside tools and furniture to garden accessories, gates, railings, balustrades and sculptures. The National School of Blacksmithing at Hereford College of Technology provided Roy’s training in Traditional Forgework and his final project for the course was recognised by the British Artist Blacksmith Association and he was duly presented with their Addy Taylor cup. Work is mostly to commission, designed and made to specific customer requirements.
Where possible Roy draws his inspiration from the huge resources that nature around him in Shropshire has to offer, creating his own individual and mostly functional pieces of art as well as collaborating with Jacqueline, his wife, to create designs in both metal and art glass. For further insight into their work, take a look at their websites: http://www.inwoodforge.co.uk and http://www.inwoodglass.co.uk .
My work exploits the fractious nature of stone and the tensile strength of steel.
I create monumental sculptural objects that have the ability to transcend the boundaries of art to become future relics in their own right.
I create contemporary sculpture that pays homage to the skills of the Blacksmith and the Stonemason.
Constantly dealing with separation and unity, force and tension, rigidity and plasticity as I strive to embrace the pure essence of the sculptural form.
Paul Gilbert F.W.C.B Master Blacksmith
I am a Forged Metal Artist that usually works within the medium of sculpture. Be this in the form of fine art or though architectural means.
Artistic and Architectural Bespoke Metalwork based in South Wales
Ian first started blacksmithing having decided that office work wasn’t necessarily for him.
Starting work with a local blacksmiths firm in April 2008, by the end of the first day Ian was hooked. He promptly signed up to the blacksmith course at Warwickshire College where he spent 2 years training with Michelle Parker to obtain his National Certificate in Blacksmithing.
In March 2011, Ian was awarded a journeymanship by the Princes Foundation for Building Community. This gave him the opportunity to work with a number of well renowned blacksmiths throughout the country, providing Ian with invaluable experience.
Upon completing his studies in 2012, Ian returned to the Dorset-Wiltshire borders where he has joined Tony and Paul Sparkes at their forge in the village of Berwick St John where he has completed a wide variety of commissions ranging from simple fire sets to complex sets of gates, railings and balconies.
The forge also offers a wide range of fabricational facilities for structural metalwork.
Ian’s personal interest lies in ancient metalwork and he has an ongoing commission from the Ancient Technology Centre to create replications of tools used in the Roman, Saxon, Viking and Medieval periods.
In 2013, Ian was awarded the Certificate of Merit by the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths for works done to date.
We are a small family owned company. Our small but well kitted out workshop is in Loanhead, on the outskirts of Edinburgh.
Iain is an experienced and well qualified Welder, Engineer and Blacksmith. He started out working as an apprentice at Hasties & Co sheet metal in Edinburgh in 1997, then was quickly sent to Edinburgh’s Telford College to be trained in fabrication and welding, gaining certificates in MMA, MIG and TIG.
After a short sabbatical, he moved in to the offshore industry and specialized in the unique art of underwater welding and inspection, gaining coding and certifications by ASNT, AWS & CSWIP. Since then he has played major integral roles in the fabrication, construction and welding in major offshore projects.
Now working back on firm land back in the UK he has gone back to his roots of Welding, Engineering and Wrought Iron work.
• Bespoke Gates, Railings & Fencing
• Welding – MMA, MIG, TIG, Gas Welding
• General Repairs to Mild Steel, Stainless Steel, Aluminium & Cast Iron
• Fabricators & Engineers
• Restoration, Repair & Maintenance of Wrought Iron work
• Non-Destructive Testing (Magnetic Particle Inspection & Ultrasonic Thickness Measurements) to ASNT & CSWIP
• Mobile/Site Work (CSCS Qualified & Public Liability Insured)
• Magnetic Drill Boring
• Ornamental Blacksmiths
• Plasma & Oxy/Acetylene Cutting
Jacks Bush Forge is a well established blacksmiths on the Hampshire/Wiltshire Border.
We produce high quality traditional hand-forged items and fabricated goods, Gates, Railings, Balustrades, Veranda’s, Estate Railing, Wind Vanes and more.
Restoration work is also undertaken and Martyn will advise on the type of ironwork required for older properties.
All metalwork is individual and made to order, all commissions small or large undertaken.
Please visit our website to view our extensive Gallery of work.
The ethos of the Blazing Blacksmith has always been to give clients the choice to enrich their homes, gardens and lives with innovative and exciting work which is created to suit their practical requirements whilst being sympathetic to the setting of the piece. Whether it is a practical piece or purely sculptural Jim strives to create work which is individual and striking.
Hot forging is at the core of what I do at Bringsty. I will design and make items to commission, for galleries, exhibitions and demonstrations. I will also repair and restore existing and historical ironwork, and make items to a client’s specification. The process of producing bespoke ironwork to suit the site and client is what I enjoy. Taking a client’s vision for an empty space, and realising their vision by guiding them through the possibilities and practicalities that hot forging, traditional and contemporary techniques can bring to items of originality and longevity.