Irish Artists Blacksmiths Association (IABA)
The Irish Artists Blacksmiths Association was set up to encourage, advise and help artists blacksmiths and decorative metal workers working in Ireland to promote their work to architects, interior designers and the general public. Many people may assume that artist blacksmiths and decorative metal workers no longer exist in Ireland and that they have to accept poor quality metalwork fabricated from components sourced from the other side of the world but this is not the case. Armed with computer aided design, power hammers and other sophisticated machinery, the capabilities of the modern artist blacksmith have been increased and added to their armoury of hand skills, hammers, tongs and anvil.
IABA members offer both classical and contemporary decorative metal work from large architectural commissions to small domestic items forged and made with skilled hands. Details of members and images of their work can be seen on IABA’s website.
Annual forge-in, training for beginners and master-classes for established smiths.