Matt started forging when he was 16 years old and has been blacksmithing for 10 years, perfecting his craft by completing several local and international masterclasses and all available blacksmithing units at TAFE with a Cert III in Engineering Fabrication in Blacksmithing.
Matt is an attentive and passionate teacher who is dedicated to sharing his knowledge about the nuances of blacksmithing to the community. Apart from being an instructor, Matt also works to commission creating architectural ironwork for clients, such as Merivale and Coogee Pavilion and is a passionate tool-maker, with his axes being highly sought after. Matt's secret talent is that he's pretty deft on the banjo and one day wants to do the motorcycle trip in Easy Rider, minus the horrible ending!
Artist and sculptor
Lisa was born in London and studied at Wimbledon School of Art and the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. She teaches the 4 week Metalwork for Sculpture course at Eveleigh Works. Following her move to Sydney she completed a masters degree at Sydney College of the Arts. Jones’ contemporary art practice explores drawing, sculpture and video.
Jones has exhibited nationally and internationally in solo and collaborative project based shows in institutional spaces, artist-run-initiatives and commercial galleries.
She has been a finalist in several art awards including ABN AMRO Emerging Artist Award, Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize and the City of Hobart Art Prize. In 2010 her work was acquired by the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award. Jones is a recipient of an Emerging Artist New Works Grant from the Australia Council for the Arts. Her work is in the collection of Artbank and private collections in Australia and Britain.
The elusive Piers has no known photograph, some say he is an apparition but he is a hell of a smith so we don’t mind either way!!