Making it 09 participant launches Blacksmith Business
This month a new craft business, 'Cold Iron', opens its doors at Oxford Island in Craigavon. The business is run by talented blacksmith, Steven Murphy, with the support of Craft NI's making it 09 programme.
A graduate of Hereford College with a degree in Artist Blacksmithing, Steven specialises in hot-forged metal and uses a mix of both traditional and contemporary metal working techniques. He has also worked alongside a range of experienced blacksmiths and metalworkers at the successful Ironart of Bath.
In 2008 Steven returned to Northern Ireland when he was selected for the making it 09 programme: a 2-year initiative that provides support for makers to set up in business. As part of the programme, Steven was offered a placement by Craigavon Borough Council at Artspace, Oxford Island, where he now has a studio. He also has a blacksmithing forge at Silverwood in Lurgan.
"Having completed the first year of the making it programme, I felt it was a good time to launch my business", Steven explains.
"Over the last few months I have gained experience in architectural commissions, workshops and demonstrations. I've also taken part in a business training programme as part of making it that has given me some good business and marketing skills and I hope to develop these over the second year of the programme ".
Steven works to commission for interior and architectural products, teaches workshops in Craigavon and regularly gives demonstrations at open days, festivals and other events.