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.
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Making Rivets and other stories
I have been working on a complex handrail panel with rivet details. The sections are forged then joined to each other with a steel rivet giving a secure traditional decorative join using the round head rivets as a feature.
I have been lucky enough to have some workshop time filmed bySocialMeansUK
Here's the short film of the tool I made and how I use it for tricky riveting jobs like this one!
I thought it would be a good idea to post here about the great news that my father Hector Cole has been awarded an MBE for Services to Heritage Crafts in the 2015 New Year's Honours! He is really thrilled to get recognition for the 45 years of dedicated work specifically for his arrow-smithing and also within the broad spectrum of iron-working but, as many people will know, there is a lot more behind the award than is ever printed in the press. I would like to share some of this information with you. My sister Rebecca first brought up the idea of nominating Dad for an award, she thought he would be a great candidate for an honour and started to look into it. There is a lot of work behind the scenes to make it happen and we were too late for that year so put it on the back burner. In 2014 I saw a tweet from www.heritagecrafts.org.uk asking if anyone knew a suitable crafts person to nominate for an honour. I immediately tweeted back suggesting my Dad, Hector and it snowball
Wiltshire Life – Individuals Arts, Culture & Music Award Winner 2020 Moravian Star inspired Public Sculpture for the new Rausing Building (Athelstan Museum) in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, UK. This public sculpture was commissioned by Angela and William Sykes and the team organising the renovation of the former Moravian Church in Malmesbury as a new community building and extension of the Athelstan Museum. In October, I was awarded the Wiltshire Life 2020 Individual Arts, Culture and Music Award for my work in visual arts and crafts and for the Moravian Star Inspired public sculpture for the garden area of the new Rausing Building ( Athelstan Museum wing) in Malmesbury , Wiltshire. It was a really lovely surprise to be a winner and I am really delighted to get some recognition for my work and this sculpture in particular which is a really dynamic and uplifting piece of public art in my home town. Many thanks to everyone involved in this piece of public art including my worksh
Spring 2021 After a quieter winter in the forge than normal, I am back running my blacksmithing day courses as per Government guidelines with one to one sessions for the people that have had their courses postponed from 2020. Ridgeway Farm Art Project is currently awaiting planning approval for both the entrance sign and the Community Orchard - I very much hope that these two aspects of the project will get moving soon! In the meantime, I am drying some larch boards ready to make bat boxes to go on oak posts in the hedgerows around the development. When community groups can safely and confidently meet again I still want to do community making sessions for residents to make their own bat boxes. I have been working on designs for another public art project in Oxford and very much hope this will be approved and I can make the lovely pieces I have designed. I was sent some great photos of Chippenham Town Bridge - a piece I designed many years ago which still looks great today!