I had the amazing opportunity to lead a stamp making class at Haliburton Art Collage in Canada in May of 2016. I collaborated with Terrence Clark to design this hanging piece of artwork that could be made in two days by a mixture of professional, semi-professional and amateur blacksmiths. Everybody had their own 4mm thick plate to work on that was a part of the bigger picture. Each person made a fish stamp of varying complexity to pattern their plate. The only rules were, the stamp had to be of a fish (however abstract) and they all needed to swim in the right direction. There were also 48 little tabs and 8 hooped clips to make so Terrence instructed some willing hands to make them along with the construction of the top rail.
It felt very moving seeing the whole piece together because it was everything I had hoped it would be. No two fish were alike, such is the nature of the creative mind.
We both had a great time and loved every minute of it. I'm already working on a bee themed design as we speak..
I would like to give a special thank you to Sandra Dunn, a wonderful blacksmith out in Canada that organised this great event. Thank you Sandra !!
'An Invitation to forge' is something that I hold for small parties of up to 6. It's a great team building exercise for all and every one has gone away feeling proud of what they have achieved. Everybody can have a chance to get it hot and hit it hard. There is nothing quite like a 5 ton power hammer under your control to get the blood pumping. These little boxes look dainty but the process is anything but!
You will find the forge in the heart of the surrey countryside, surrounded by fields and woodland. Upon finishing your morning in the forge you can sit down to a hearty lunch of homemade soup and then take a stroll with the dogs through the woods.
If you are interesting in knowing more then feel free to get in touch POA
A Collaborative Project
'A Murmurating shoal'
An Invitation to forge