My own tenth wedding anniversary is imminent, which has got me thinking about tin and aluminium. Metals have featured large in our first ten years - iron (6 years), copper (7 years) and bronze (8 years) and I think we've done each other proud on those (OK, I actually got stuck on iron, which may surprise you, but iron is what Adam and I do, and he's seen most iron things in my world and can make anything he hasn't seen - we have stunning heart sculptures and Welsh love spoons and all kinds of iron things he and I love, but we either made them ourselves or know who made them, so... I bought him a filing cabinet!). Tin and aluminium are a little more challenging, but good fun, and the colourful chocolate foil art of Joanne Tinker springs to mind, and the light, exquisite Butterfly Boards by Salina Somalya. There is also tin in the beautiful glass coasters, bowls and panels by Lara Aldridge and Jon Oakley, and tin is found in bronze, so we have plenty of slightly less obvious artworks with their tin element hidden away. Here is one of Salina's butterfly artworks, on display at the moment - 180mm x 180mm - £160.
If you've ever wondered what 2,500 of a modern blacksmith's time looks like, now you know! 'Chest' - by one of our most gifted artists Mark Prouse - is an extraordinary feat of craftsmanship in an era more demanding of 'fast and cheap'. This inspiring piece of work is on display now at Fire and Iron Gallery - don't miss your chance to see it. Even the key has 60 hours of skilled craftsmanship in it...
I'm delighted to have new metal artworks by the meticulous Salina Somalya. Her pieces are exquisitely constructed and have a wonderful lightness about them. This piece is called 'Solace', and it will be on display, with more new work, in about a week's time.
Jenny's beautiful 'Butterfly Effect' sculpture looking bright and colourful this morning at 7am - it looks different but just as beautiful from the other direction at sunset.
We're photographing Tim's bronze frogs this evening - amazing colours and so much fun to 'place'.
Our jeweller-in-residence Kathryn Hill has just made this Fence Ring, with red gold in place of the usual yellow gold. A lovely variation to add to the beautiful Fence Collection.
We've been making a new forge from old bits - this will get its first use for a demonstration to a group of surgeons in May.
Great to have Carlos with us this weekend. Such a genius. He has left us with a wonderful cat and heron sculpture.