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MissFire Metal

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Artwork for MissFire Metal

Strelizia - Bird of Paradise


New Zealand Kowhai

Digitalis -Foxglove

Nigella - Love in a Mist

Ginkgo Mirror Surround

Gloriosa Lily

Oriental Lily


How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

My work is a study of nature, evidence of a lifelong obsession with flowers and plants. Exploring the diversity of form and intensity of colour. Also investigating the emotional response and memory triggers brought about by each subject.
I find steel to be the most challenging of materials, aiming to transform an industrial, hard, cold material into something satisfyingly free, fluid and graceful, devoid of straight lines and uniformity. Inspired by the Art Nouveau period.
A desire to evolve and improve drives me to continue in my chosen creative practice.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

Being an artist, and working with metal, is the only life I know, a job you never go home from. Continually seeking inspiration for the next piece in the world all around me. For me it means freedom to live a life out of the ordinary and beyond conformity, breaking traditions and challenging stereotypes. Making the work is the fun part, hanging out in my workshop with every opportunity to play with fire, make noise and create beautiful things for appreciative clients.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

I work under the creative name MissFire. I consider myself to be an Artist in Metal but also answer to Artist Blacksmith and Metal Sculptor.

Your practice & activities include e.g workshops, teaching: 

I use a combination of hot forging techniques (fire, hammer and anvil), and metal fabrication (welding, cutting, grinding), to imitate the shapes from nature behind each of my designs.
Work is produced in a variety of scales, from towering statement pieces for the garden, to delicate and elegant small-scale sculpture for the home.
Once the desired shape is made I use specialist paints to achieve vibrant, eye-catching colour finishes, building up layer upon layer. I often contrast this with a visible area of burnished steel so that the texture and beauty of the natural material can shine through, but the eye is drawn to the bold colour pop!

CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design: Metalwork and Jewellery - Surrey Institute of Art and Design - 2001-2004
GNVQ Art and Design - Gloucestershire College of Art and Technology - 1999-2001
City and Guilds AutoCAD - Farnborough College - 2005

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

2019 -
Hellens Garden Festival. Much Marcle
Showborough House Affordable Garden Art Exhibition, Twyning
RHS Spring Show, Malvern
FarOpen Art Trail Open Studios

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

Cat's Eye Carving, Taurus Crafts, Lydney

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