News and Events

New exhibition and commission developments will now be posted on my Blog! To follow Melissa's blog please click here!

There are articles about exhibitions, her new sculpture practice and what to do to become a blacksmith on this blog!

2018

Landscape sculptures can be seen at Shaw House, Newbury and 'Ladylovelywings' at Donnington Grove, Newbury as part of Newbury Open Studios for May 2018

A selection of my work is at The Guy Goodfellow Collection London Showroom featured in their 'Makers' Tales' initiative for May 2018

Courses are fully booked until autumn 2018 - dates will be posted on my Course page in due course(!).

If you would like to view sculpture or discuss a commission, please call or email me to arrange a suitable date and time.

Summer 2017

My workshop is complete! It has been a huge job re-building the forge from scratch and replacing all the important parts like the bosh, tue iron, motor and fan as well as the chimney and hearth.

February 2017

I was recently on BBC 'I Escaped To The Country' with some lovely clients (now friends) who came to me as part of the original series when they were looking to buy a property near Marlborough. The follow up programme involved them re-visiting my forge for a catch up.

There is a great feature on me in the 6th Issue of The Holborn Magazine released November 2016 written by Daphne Stylianou and captured in great photographs by Godfrey Hatton. This issue of the magazine celebrates 'female makers, creatives and entrepreneurs that inspire and amaze' including Sophie Walker, leader of the Women's Equality Party, Brighton Gin makers, Cockpit Arts, Rosalind Griffin of Lee Sinclair Furniture and the women of Savil Row amongst other brilliant women.

WINTER 2015

I have recently finished making 500 limited edition small seasonal greeting gifts for a local company Latchways Plc to give to their clients worldwide. The piece is on the theme of '@height' and has to be easily posted. The selected design is based on a copper feather floating to the ground supported by a stainless steel stem and base which can be packaged and posted in a tube. I have done a huge amount of fun tool making for this commission in order for me to produce 500 pieces effectively within the time frame.

SUMMER 2015

@WithLoveProject have just published the first of their feature articales about crafts men and wwomen who are passionate about their trade. They visited me earlier this year as part of their road trip and you can see the fantastic results in photographis and videa form here. They found me via Twitter! With Love Project

May 2013

I have just returned from a fabulous two week artist in residence project at Ark School JHQ Rheindahlen, Germany. This amazing project happened through a lot of commitment and organisation by the school and military and you can read all about it on my blog!

October 2012 - Thank you Swindon Round Table for buying one of my snails to raise money for The Childrens Liver Disease Foundation when you came for a talk and demo at the workshop! World Forging Championships, Stia, Italy. 1-4 September 2011

Representing the UK on behalf of The Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths who funded the trip, Melissa was part of the only all woman team, including Wendy Alford of Norfolk and Michelle Parker of Worcestershire. The team were also supported by The Jinny Quinnell Memorial Trust.

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