Richard has worked as an Artist Blacksmith for 5 years. With over 20 years’ experience in construction and engineering, he has worked all over the world. He decided to settle in East London and took up blacksmithing with Marshall & Lowe Blacksmiths to see how skills in welding and fabrication were “done in the olden days“.
Today he is an exhibited artist, and also carries out commissions for other artists. Richard has a passion for passing on the skills of this rare trade, and now uses his vast experience in instruction to teach blacksmithing and run “have a go sessions” for all ages and abilities.
Having worked alongside Neil Stuart Design Blacksmith for two years, he is now one of very few craftsmen in the capital who can carry out genuine authentic restoration on ironwork.
He can undertake many different forms of commission: from household items, through to modern contemporary sculptures for artists. For authentically reproduced gates and railings – to any era – keeping in-line with all conservation regulations, Richard is your man. He works with clients throughout the process from conception to installation.
In addition to all this, he runs several courses at The Blacksmiths Workshop Stepney City Farm. From A Taste of Blacksmithing, right through to in depth project driven 1-to-1 courses. Educational courses for schools are designed just for fun, or can fit into history or art projects.
Working with an Education Officer he has designed these sessions to fit in with the current curriculum at all key stages. Sessions can be practical, demonstrations, theory at the forge or theory at the school.
You can visit Richard’s website here.
Visit Richard’s forge every Saturday for his open studio, 10am-12pm and have a go.
Richard recently took over the forge from Neil Stuart, a third generation blacksmith from Hackney. Take a look at his story – with thanks to 1000 Londoners