[S]tudents from The Lakes School, Troutbeck have recently enjoyed a behind the scenes visit to one of the UK’s leading architectural metalworkers.
A group of nineteen Year 9 and 6th form students were given the rare opportunity to visit the studio and workshop of Ulverston’s award-winning architectural metalworker Chris Brammall as part of their design studies.
The group enjoyed a talk by artist and designer Chris, who spoke about his career path as a trained blacksmith and the inspirations behind his designs and work. They were also able to take a tour of the workshop to view current projects including a 30metre swan sculpture weighing three quarters of a ton, which is destined for a client in London.
Isaac Hodgson, a Year 9 student at The Lakes School comments; “It was great to see the design process from a small sketchbook, to computer designs and then the finished sculptures. I particularly enjoyed seeing the construction of the artwork in the blacksmith’s forge and the variety of traditional techniques used to create modern pieces of art.”
Chris Brammall comments “I have a strong connection with The Lakes School as a former pupil and also as my daughter Wren is currently studying at the school for her A-levels. The next generation of artists and designers need inspiring just as I did when I was a student and it gives me great pleasure to give them a glimpse into my world as a Blacksmith and architectural metalworker. I realise how lucky I am to have been able to make a career by doing something I love and I hope the visit gave the students the confidence to know that is something they to could achieve.”