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.
Adrian is a fully trained professional smith with a base of experience in traditional blacksmithing and restoration. The range of work undertaken during his career has been broad, from designing and making bespoke items to fabrication. He is Currently based in the city of Leicester, taking commissions and offering experience days.
Firebird Forge is a full working forge which offers traditional and contemporarily designed commissions in various metals; as well as the usual restoration and repair work. The forge is also run, by appointment, as a teaching school in traditional blacksmithing techniques. Although the forge is open to the general public to allow them to come and learn how to blacksmith on a day to day basis, further training is also given to younger smiths in the form of work placements from college.
Individuals from as far as Russia and Australia have come to learn to forge at the school and the owner, David Mortimer (Mort the Blacksmith), has carried out commissions across the Uk since the year 2000.
Master blacksmith Paul Gilbert F.W.C.B est for over 27 years
Paul Gilbert F.W.C.B Master Blacksmith
Chalk Pit Forge is run by Alex Smith, who has been a blacksmith since 1998.
I make and design bespoke metalwork for anywhere in the UK. The service includes Gates, railings, fountains and sculpture as well as anything else.
Please get in touch if you would like a quote for anything you have in mind.
I also run one to one lessons at Amberley, West Sussex, that can be from one day to twenty days in length. Each day is 9am – 5pm, please visit my website for more details.
Professional Artist Blacksmith Melissa Cole (FWCB) produces bespoke contemporary designed metal work from her Wiltshire forge.
Working to commission for private clients and public art pieces, Melissa’s work has a distinctive style, rhythm and flow inspired by forms and lines found in natural spaces. Her work has a sense of movement which comes directly from the making processes of forging, each piece designed to fit the location and purpose.
Public work by Melissa can be found in Oxford, Plymouth, Chippenham, Swindon and in many schools across the South West. Smaller sculptural pieces can be viewed at her gallery alongside the forge and in exhibitions across the country.
Melissa also teaches private blacksmithing and sculptural metal work from her own forge and was a Short Course tutor at West Dean College.
The new workshop is now situated in the rural outskirts of Darlington and Northallerton, in the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside, with all our work carried out at the forge being hand crafted. The business has now been trading since 2003 and the team of blacksmiths are able to cater for various demands within the private and the pubic sectors both domestic and commercial.
Adrian Wood is a university graduate with a degree in fine art sculpture from The University of London. A chance visit to a forge gave Adrian Wood his first taste of blacksmithing. He recalls; ”From the first moment I hit the hot steel I knew what I wanted to do.”
Adrian`s first job was at a renowned workshop near York where he worked on a number of prestigious projects. After which he worked for Brian Russell, widely regarded as one of the finest blacksmiths in the UK. Brian’s approach and processes to creating bespoke and uniquely designed metalwork had an enormous effect on the designs and processes created by Adrian Wood Artist Blacksmiths.
Traditional blacksmithing techniques are used to create contemporary and innovative ways to fulfil the client’s needs. The designs are beautifully hand drawn with delicate attention given to the smallest of details, resulting in fine craftsmanship, superb detailing and a substantial build quality that reflects a belief in a lasting beauty and quality.
Adrian’s area of expertise lies in his ability to understand the client’s needs and provide detailed drawings and finally to create the work to a high standard and build quality.
As an artist blacksmith William Smith has had a fascination with metal from a young age, when cold its hard and unbending, but when heated and crafted it has a fluid malleable quality, and in the right hands it allows its self to form into many beautiful objects.
William (or Bill to most) has always had a love of natural forms and shapes and often takes his inspiration from nature, creating plant forms of all kinds and the use of traditional blacksmithing techniques to create contemporary form.
One day and three day courses with pete smith LWCB. Evening classes. Traditional forgework skills, tool making etc. Expressions of interest in a five week full time course, the equivalent to a year at a college, are welcome with a view to running in the autumn. Full details on request. For further info please view website or email. Pete.
I demonstrate at weekends at Apedale Heritage center, and offer teaching, training and bespoke item creation.