Melissa Cole is a bronze medal holder and Fellow of The Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths (WFCB). She is internationally recognised for the craftsmanship of her hand-forged ironwork.
Melissa’s work ranges for commissioned gates and railings to sculptures and fine art installations. She combines contemporary design with forged and fabricated metal for public spaces, private gardens and interiors.
Melissa has been featured on Channel 4’s ‘Grand Designs’, BBC’s ‘Escape to The Country’ and ‘Country File’ and Radio 4 Woman’s Hour.
Her work has been described as;
”Metal work that flows and wraps around itself, taking your eyes on a journey producing pieces that are solid in make up but light and free in their aesthetic quality.”
Based near Marlborough in the Pewsey Vale, Wiltshire, Melissa’s sculptural work is informed and inspired by her rural surroundings. Sculptures based on the topography and landscape of Wiltshire evoke the organic forms of rolling downs.
Small and delicate pieces often worked in series or as cast limited editions are inspired by natural elements discovered in the Savernake Forest or whilst riding the local bridleways.
Melissa works to commission with private clients, community and corporate projects producing architectural elements, sculptures and site specific sculptural pieces from forged steel and mixed metals. She also runs blacksmithing and sculptural metalwork courses from her forge in Wiltshire.
Public commissions by Melissa can be seen in Chippenham, Plymouth, Swindon and three independent sculpture commissions in Oxford, one of which is a large scale depiction of the river Cherwell wrapping around a new student accommodation building.
2018 works include a DNA based large-scale sculpture for Winchester University, and a sculpture for the new Athelstan Museum in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.
Find out more at www.melissacole.co.uk.