Rhys Davies

Since a child I have had a thing for getting my hands dirty and taking things apart, I have always loved working with my hands to mould form and create new exciting pieces. I was never really any good at art itself at school and finishing with a pass I didn’t think I would go into the art industry. After seeing a blacksmithing course advertised I thought I would give it a go, just picking up that hammer and looking into the fire made me feel powerful. Being able to bend, forge, form and manipulate metal into what I want gives me great satisfaction. I’m a 20-year-old Blacksmith, with 4 years of blacksmithing and metal working experience. I have a vast understanding and knowledge of metalworking techniques and have made a variety of pieces from fine silver work to much larger steel interior piece. My personal favourite medium to work in is steel with aspects of wood. I’m high achieving, with 4 years of distinctions, top student in levels 2 and 3 and coming 3rd in the famous South of England show. I have a strong passion for what I do and would never change it for the world. The majority of my work has been medium to large scale interior pieces however I do enjoy the occasional smaller intricate pieces. I love to push myself to my limits and never see failure as an option, more as a lesson. I would like to think of myself as a modern blacksmith using traditional techniques and forms. I love giving metal that soft delicate feel as well as the hard industrial impression.

Level 3 second year2 college project, a Coffee table made from Mild steel and Oak with Laminated glass inlay. made from traditional joining techniques.