Aug 29, 2016
For today’s episode, I have Delyth Done from England, her
hardworking and dedicated efforts are indispensable in promoting
and developing artist blacksmiths in today’s modern world.
Delyth is the Course Leader for the MA in Contemporary Crafts and
the BA for the Artist Blacksmith program at Hereford College of
Arts. She also is the coordinator of an upcoming major
international contemporary forged metal exhibition called
“Transition” that will open at the Ypres International
blacksmithing event in Belgium starting September 1st, 2016.
What We Talked About
- Delyth has a clay background for her education which includes a
Bachelor of Art and a Masters from the Royal College of Art in
London. After her education, she exhibited her clay art in many
venues and also completed some bronze castings.
- She began as a ceramics and clay teacher at an art school in
Cardiff that offers a single discipline Ceramics degree. This led
to becoming the course director for the program at the school.
- After a few years of running the ceramics program in Cardiff,
Delyth felt that she would like to move to the next step in her
career. A position opened at the Hereford College of the Arts to
oversee all of the programs at the college, Delyth applied and was
- After being at Hereford for 10 years and working with the
students, Delyth saw the need for a master’s program to be
developed for the contemporary art students, so Delyth, along with
a coworker, developed a 45 week Master’s degree program in
- Hereford College of the Arts offers a 3-year Artist Blacksmiths
program that teaches a solid grounding in history and in critical
ways of thinking about creative practice. This is done by
simultaneously teaching process and design creation, always pushing
the student to generate design ideas from their inspirations.
The program also includes a professional work placement, creating a
professional portfolio and business plan.
- Delyth talks about her ABANA conference experience in Salt Lake
City and how she led a series of lectures along with Rick Smith and
- The Ypres International Blacksmithing Event will be held in
Ypres, Belgium, September 1 – 6th and Delyth has organized a
lecture series with some of the 24 master blacksmiths that have
been selected to forge a panel during the event.
- Another project that Delyth is spearheading involves
coordinating a major international, contemporary, forged metal
touring exhibition, called “Transition” to coincide with the Ypres
event and then continuing on, travelling to other countries and
galleries. The exhibition’s theme is about the transitions that
happen during the first world war in landscape, languages, and
- The exhibition drew over 90 art submissions from 15 different
countries. A panel of 5 judges took 6 weeks to look over the
submissions and select 40 pieces of art to be in the
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