Chris Hughes : Artist Blacksmith working from a small forge in rural Worcestershire.
“Making has always been a huge part of my life, playing around with different materials always gave me pleasure as a child. During the last year of my A Levels I began experimenting with forged steel and found this method to be particularly engaging and entertaining. I think what has drawn me to the blacksmithing process in particular is the way in which the techniques used can turn a material so solid, lifeless and rigid into something which has a feel of softness, movement and fluidity to it. After completing my A Levels I enrolled on the Artist Blacksmithing Course at Hereford College of Arts which I graduated from in 2012.
I want my work to be seen as functional as well as beautiful. These pieces are designed and produced to be used around the home rather than tucked away as something precious and fragile.
Inspiration comes from a number of sources. The majority of my work is a result of my interest in the flowing forms and fluid curves found in rising smoke, dancing flames and certain plants. I find the way that separate lines in a form can intertwine but never touch very interesting; in some ways it appears that they may even be conscious of each other, allowing them to curve around each other, forming an endless variety of shapes between them”.