Melissa Cole - Artist blacksmith with over 25 years experience based in the Pewsey Vale near Marlborough, Wiltshire, England. Making hand made contemporary designed ironwork for the home and garden from forged steel and wrought iron. . Commissions taken for bespoke gates, railings and public and private sculptures.
Private tutor running blacksmithing and sculptural metalwork courses from her forge in Wiltshire.
I want to be a blacksmith! How to get started if you have a burning desire to be
a blacksmith Modern blacksmiths
are fantastic, they are multi-skilled and multi-talented, they often work alone
through choice and because it is a hard to generate enough work to run a team and
if you are restricted by your workshop space. There is a
growing interest in our craft through modern media highlighting specific
aspects according to what is fashionable at the moment.This could be the moment for blade making as
promoted by TV shows like Forged In Steel and the likes of Game Of Thrones/Lord
Of The Rings. A new breed
of blacksmiths are emerging, some through the great colleges and courses in
blacksmithing that we have in Hereford, Warwick and Dorset, some through the
need to leave city jobs and make a new life with a new craft skill.I welcome these blacksmiths with open arms –
we need more blacksmiths! The UK has
some great blacksmiths but it doesn’t incorporate their ironwork into its built