Bex has long been interested in the mathematics of the natural world.  After receiving a scholarship from Qest (Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust) she studied five different courses in geometry at the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts. This enabled her to create a new contemporary style Geometalism of combining traditional compass drawn geometry, laser cutting into metal plates, and hand forging components, to create a wonderful contrast of old and new techniques.

Bex’s logo shows a triangle which is the geometric symbol for fire. A circle is a symbol of unity and the infinite ‘whole’ in both nature and geometry.  Geometry is about togetherness and being one with the natural world, which is a perfect representation of her work and its connection to things happening around us.

Throughout the ages Artists reflected what was going on in culture and society. Bex recognises that a new contemporary movement is now required amongst the Artist Blacksmiths, and this is why she uses the term Artsmith to distinguish her new style which she calls Geometalism. She is unconstrained in her approach to design, drawing inspiration from limitless sources of research mixing geometric shapes and textures. Her Sculptures, gates and Public Art tell stories relative to the surrounding environment.

Bex Simon Welcombe Sculptures

Bex is the first woman to be awarded the Tonypandy Cup for blacksmithing, an award given annually by the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths for a piece of work which is considered to be an outstanding example of the skill of a blacksmith. She won this prestigious award in 2019 for a forty-metre art installation at Westminster Magistrates’ Courts in London.

She welcomes discussion with her clients while considering a brief and strives to create something unique and bespoke to them.