Bex Simon – Artist Blacksmith – Biography

Bex studied a degree in Three-Dimensional Design in Metal at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design. Realising she had fallen in love with the craft of blacksmithing and needed to learn how to swing a hammer properly she followed on to study a two-year diploma in forge work skills at Hereford College of Technology.

She moved to London and set up her own creative blacksmithing business in 1999 with the help of the Princess Trust. Initially, she worked on private commissions acquired from exhibiting regularly at RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows. Later, she moved on to larger scale public artwork projects via collaborations with a selected group of smiths and artist blacksmiths.

Her biggest commission to date being a forty-metre public artwork for Westminster Magistrates’ Courts, London. It was for that installation that she became the first woman to receive the Tonypandy Cup, the most prestigious award given by the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths.

Bex continues to study techniques old and new, recently studying geometry at the Princes School of Traditional Arts under a scholarship from Qest (Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust). She is always seeking ways to apply traditional craft to modern ideas. She is very passionate about the craft of blacksmithing, keeping traditions alive by using old forging techniques and moving them forward into more of an artistic contemporary vocabulary.