Jul 27, 2015
Rebecca Knott is an artist blacksmith from Guilford,
England. She has been around blacksmithing her whole life,
she held her first hammer at the ripe age of three. She
studied fine art at Southhampton Solent University, then worked
with a master blacksmith for 7 months before returning home to work
in her father’s (Terrence Clark) shop. Working on several
large projects with her father gave her the experience and
knowledge to start a blacksmithing business of her own in
2007. Her gates, sconces and other custom pieces show an
exceptional quality of workmanship and attention to detail.
What We Talked About
- Rebecca spent fair
amount of time in her father’s blacksmith shop when she was young,
making pieces of art for presents.
- Starting University in the photography field, Rebecca soon
wanted a deeper art education and moved into the Fine Arts
program. She ended up leaving university because she felt she
didn’t want to become an artist, that it wasn’t the route for
- The following seven months after university were
spent learning from master blacksmith, Brian Russel. This was
her first real blacksmithing job. They were working on
architectural gates and railings where every connection was a fire
weld. One of the first jobs Brian gave to Rebecca was to hand
forge 600 nails for a stone mason who was building a house.
- Rebecca headed back to her father’s business with
the knowledge she had gained and worked on large commission
projects with him, such as a large set of gates for Oxford
- She has been in business for herself since 2007,
though she wished she had worked with more smiths before branching
off on her own.
- Her business is growing mainly through word of
mouth enhanced by marketing through social media.
- Her artwork is currently in the Fire and Iron gallery in
Rebecca Knott’s Links:
Website - http://www.rebeccaknott-blacksmith.co.uk/home.html
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/BlacksmithBex?fref=ts
Etsy shop - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/blacksmithbex?ref=hdr_shop_menu
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