In 2013 the NADFAS (National Association of the Decorative and Fine Art Societies) Grants Committee awarded us a grant from the Patricia Fay Memorial Fund. The grant allowed us to open up a six month ‘Historic Metalwork Restoration’ training placement at Ironart for talented local blacksmith, Cecilie Robinson.
In 2013 Cecilie completed the Extended Diploma in Metalwork and Blacksmithing at The National School of Blacksmithing in Hereford, and was recognized with their ‘Best Student Award.’ Cecilie lives in Larkhall, and grew up in Bath. She was inspired to explore blacksmithing when she visited Master Blacksmith Don Barker’s Forge.
Already a talented artist she was part way through a degree in Illustration at Camberwell College in London, before changing tack and pursuing a career in metalwork.
Cecilie is shadowing Martin Smith and the Ironart team on a series of restoration projects during her placement, learning techniques to repair heritage forged and cast ironwork as well as non-ferrous metals. She will also be visiting other workshops, foundries and museums during her time here, to underpin the training.