“I fell in love with the movement of the metal and how its malleability when hot becomes awash with endless potential, and as it cools its form is locked in place, creating something that can be enjoyed for generations…” – Kyle
One of the few blacksmithing couples in the U.K, Kyle and Thea bring a balance of design to the table. Each having their own identity and creative style. Subtly combining masculine and femininity into each project. Their work pushes the boundaries between the beauty found in art, and the functionality found in craft. Creating something that not only serves a purpose, but is a totally bespoke art form in itself. From tiny intricate pieces; to eye catching large scale designs, they strive for beautiful bespoke metalwork. Whether this be for the home, in the garden, or for the public eye.
Blacksmith Qualifications and Training
Kyle trained on the Blacksmith and Metalworking course at Plumpton College in Sussex between 2007 and 2009, He then continued his studies at Hereford Technical College on the NETS course. All the while working at Stanmer Park Forge. During this time he achieved the Paul Allen award, and the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths Certificate of Merit. Having completed his apprenticeship, he then went on to set up his own business, and was asked back to Plumpton College as a course lecturer.
Thea joined Swann Forge as an artist blacksmith, having also trained in Blacksmith and Metalworking at Plumpton College. While there, she won the Michael Bloomstien award for her jewellery piece. Both Kyle and Thea have won prizes at County shows for their forged designs.
Read the ethos of Swann Forge here
Photo Credits- Arianna Cavalensi