We are delighted to welcome Roy & Jacqueline Abbott as Guest Artists this year. Roy and Jacqueline are based in the heart of the Shropshire Hills and work using extreme temperatures to create their quite different, yet complementary pieces of artwork for the home and garden.
Roy works as an Artist Blacksmith using mild steel, wrought iron, copper and other metals, which are heated and hand forged to create both traditional and contemporary ironwork of the highest quality, producing everything from gates, railings and balustrades to fireside screens and sculptures. His work can easily be recognised as most pieces are personalised by his maker’s stamp.
From an initial engineering background, he changed his profession to architecture, spending 28 years in private practice.
Since building his own forge, workshop and studio in 1999, he has participated in several training courses at Herefordshire College of Technology, one of which was the New Entrants Training Scheme for which he was awarded the ‘Certificate of Merit’ by the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths. For his final project of the course he was presented with the Addy Taylor Cup by the British Artist Blacksmith Association (BABA) – awarded for an outstanding piece of work.
In 2014, Roy became an Associate of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths when they awarded him their Diploma of Merit which allows him to add the letters AWCB after his name. In October 2017 he was awarded their Bronze Medal, becoming a Fellow of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths (FWCB) with the title of Master Blacksmith.
His work has been accepted by the Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft and has also been exhibited in Lichfield Cathedral.
Jacqueline uses a wide range of vibrant coloured Art Glass together with brass, copper and other metal inclusions to create unique handmade glass table tops, dishes, coasters and jewellery.
She became inspired to work with glass whilst following a City and Guilds Design for Creative Studies course at Westhope Craft College in Shropshire where she was awarded a ‘Distinction’. She was also awarded the college Challenge Salver for the student showing the greatest progress in the year 2007-8. Since then, she has widened her knowledge by training with Warm Glass in Somerset, Steve Robinson in St Davids and Jane Ballard in Leominster.
Jacqueline has also had her work accepted by the Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft and exhibits at the Willow Gallery in Oswestry.
Roy and Jacqueline often collaborate to create designs with both kiln fired handmade glass and hand forged metalwork.
Meet the Artist
Roy and Jacqueline will be hosting a Meet the Artist session on Saturday 4th August (2pm – 4pm). Come along and have a chat about their work and their interesting techniques. No booking required; normal entry fee applies. They will also be here at our Opening Reception on Monday 30th July.
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