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Simon's career in metalwork began in 1996 when he decided that the industrial design course he was studying was not going to allow him the artistic and creative freedom that was, and still is, his passion. He left and joined the Design Metal HND at Plymouth College of Art, a course he had seen while completing his Foundation in Art.
"It was loud, dirty and full of sparks. I had to join."
Having discovered an unforeseen love for Blacksmithing Simon then went on to complete a BA Hons in Applied Arts specializing in metalwork.
Once his studies were finished he found work with an established Blacksmith, staying there for eight years before setting up his own forge on the Devon Dorset border. He can still be found working there today.
"I think it is this combination of my understanding of the design process, Blacksmithing technique and my love of creating modern, functional objects that gives the work I produce its unique quality."
As well as bespoke gates, railings and other commissioned work for the home and garden Simon has also developed a range of products that are being sold in local shops and will soon be seen further afield.
"If you are going to make something that is going to be used every day then make it beautiful."
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