Fire and hammer.
Forging is an elemental process. Blacksmiths and silversmiths have had it at the core of their practice for centuries.
I feel a deep connection with forging. There is great satisfaction in making something that has strength and beauty using the bare minimum of tools.
For a while I explored the possibilities of working with nothing but a hammer, a purist approach. Now I am introducing chiselling, chasing, stone setting, and looking at more complex forms.
My response to West African fulani forging is one example, shown here in fine silver.
And there is so much more to do…