BABA Conference 2023

BABA Conference 2023 for all blacksmithing friends – have you got your ticket? Iron Age to Contemporary Age A Blacksmiths Tale 18th – 20th August 2023 The Venue:Butser Ancient Farm, Chalton Lane, Hampshire, PO8 0BG Join the British Artist Blacksmiths Association (BABA) as we explore the forging of medieval ironwork, to forge accurate recreations of…

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Heritage Crafts Association

 Heritage Crafts Association A great organisation promoting working and endangered crafts across the country. If you have a passion for the crafts or you are a craftsperson, the Heritage Crafts Association is probably one of the most pro-active resources currently available in the country.   Promoting traditional crafts and supporting crafts workers, for a small…

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Ridgeway Farm Art Project

  Ridgeway Farm Art Project Summer 2023 – Update Hello everyone at Ridgeway Farm!    I hope life at Ridgeway Farm is good and that now it has finally warmed up, you can see the swallows flying around the ponds and bats around the bat boxes!   I have been working on the entrance sign since the beginning…

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‘Makers’ Tales at Guy Goodfellow Collection, London May 2018

Melissa Cole FWCB.Artist Blacksmith. Melissa Cole, bronze medal holder and Fellow of The Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths, is  exhibiting her hand forged sculptures throughout May in the Guy Goodfellow Collection showroom. Melissa’s work ranges from commissioned gates and railings to sculpture and fine art installations, combining contemporary design with forged and fabricated metal for external public…

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Heritage Crafts Association AGM London 2018

I was unable to attend this important conference supporting Heritage Crafts but images of me at work are often used in their promotional flyers and posters and i am a keen supporter of this charity. My family went along to hear all the news and here is a link to my fabulous textile designer sister…

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Guest Blog with Wiltshire Arts Service 28th July 2017

 This week myself and Jonathan Mansfield, Landscape Painter give an insight into their working practices towards a curated show at The Pound Arts Centre, Corsham. Follow the link below! https://theartsinwiltshire.wordpress.com/2017/07/27/guest-blog-an-insight-into-our-working-practices-towards-a-curated-show-at-the-pound-arts-centre-corsham-melissa-cole-sculptor-and-jonathan-mansfield-landscape-painter/

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My Amazing Dad Hector Cole Awarded an MBE 1st January 2015

I thought it would be a good idea to post here about the great news that my father Hector Cole has been awarded an MBE for Services to Heritage Crafts in the 2015 New Year’s Honours! He is really thrilled to get recognition for the 45 years of dedicated work specifically for his arrow-smithing and…

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Marlborough Open Studios Marketing Talk

Last night I hosted a small gathering of artists that are participants and associates of www.marlboroughopenstudios.co.uk in The Old Stables here at Puthall Farm. My lovely sister Charlotte Hill-Baldwin who is responsible for the marketing at www.john-lewis.co.uk of Hungerford  Artisan Kitchens and www.hbdesigns.co.uk – Sustainable Cycle Parking joined me to discuss the different aspects of marketing.…

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JHQ Rheindahlen, Monchengladbach

Here I am on a quick sortie to The Ark primary school at JHQ in the snow and looking for inspiration for an art project that encapsulates the passage of people and time in the base camp over the last 50 years.  Ths site is huge to a civilian like me and mostly now being let…

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