Blue Flight of Butterflies Commission
Commissioned Public Sculpture
John’s career in hand forged ironwork began in 1998 at the age of 19, when he began studying in the Irish School of Blacksmithing
Here he was given the opportunity to train under US blacksmith Henry Profret and Irish blacksmith Paul Devlin, before going to the UK to work with Master Blacksmith Bill Corduroy at his forge in Norfolk.
The mentorship from these well renowned & highly skills blacksmiths’, forged the path for John’s career in blacksmithing, cementing his skills on all kinds of projects including Georgian, contemporary, and artistically expressive Iron, steel & bronze work.
After qualifying with distinction, John then joined an artistic ironworks company in Dublin for five years, where he worked on many large-scale projects including the grand gates of Birr Castle, railings restoration at Trinity College, as well as many bespoke iron staircases and gates for private clients.
With years of top-notch training and experience under his belt, John set up his own business in 2005. What started small, soon developed into a large warehouse suitable for projects of all scales.
Having been in operation for nearly 20 years, John has built up an extensive portfolio of bespoke pieces, that includes hand forged traditional gates and metal railings, curved staircases, garden sculptures, award trophies and much more.
John’s sense of creativity knows no bounds and his ever-growing collection of fascinating artistic pieces includes large scale public sculptures, garden sculptures as well as smaller wall sculptures.
John’s work has been commissioned all over the country and overseas in the US and Australia. He is experienced in working with a number of different metals including mild steel, stainless steel, wrought iron, copper and bronze
He has worked with interior designers, garden designers, architects, conservation officers and some of the biggest building companies in the country. Looking to the future, John plans to continue to create bespoke artistic pieces that break the mould and can be enjoyed by people for years to come.