"I look for simplicity and freshness in my work.

A language of working that is not obvious brings excitement.

A new twist on an old technique or by taking something beyond conventional limits.

Fundamentally for me, blacksmithing is the art of moving, not removing, metal."


Ian Moran was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, in 1969. In this city he spent two years at the School of Art and Design, where he gained an Ordinary National Diploma in Three Dimensional Design in 1987. He then studied for a further two years at the University of Central England's School of Jewellery in the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter. Here he gained a Higher National Diploma in Design Crafts specialising in silversmithing. After graduating from Birmingham in 1989 Ian worked with the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers on various projects, including grassland and woodland management, fencing, footpaths and step building.

Ian began his blacksmithing training in 1991 at Arthur Black General Smiths Ltd. in Langley, West Midlands. He spent five years mainly doing industrial forgings and fabrications. He became proficient at mig, arc & tig welding, flame cutting, using power hammers, hydraulic presses, tool and jig making, and working to drawings. Orders ranged from "u" bolts for power stations and transporter bridges, anti-roll bars for heavy service vehicles, forgings and fabrications for the food and hygiene industry, tools, ornamental, structural and architectural metalwork.

Ian started up his own forge and became self-employed in 1995. The same year he joined the British Artist Blacksmith's Association

exhibited at third international exhibition Metal and Light '97

contributed one of the motifs, in an international collaboration, for the Bankside Gates at Shakespeare's Globe theatre, London



invited to Abbadia San Salvatore to participate in forging a sculpture for a Tuscan mining town, along with other selected smiths




taught three-dimensional design to foundation level students at Sutton Coldfield College



sub-contracted installations for Alan Dawson Associates for the new Bull Ring development, Birmingham, including hand railing, staircases and ballustrading

commissioned artist for site-specific railing, gates and wall sculpture for the City of Wolverhampton College, Bilston

“Daisy Chain” sculpture, Cradley Heath Liberal Club

School project sculptures, Springhill & Hockley, Birmingham,

Sytch lane cemetery Gateway, Wombourne

Street furniture, Kinver, West Midlands

Active commissions include:

a landmark sculpture for a new housing development
at the previous Bilston Girls High School

Gates for Young Design Champions Manton & Reynolds Housing regeneration, Aston, Birmingham

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Further highlights include:







designed lighted harbourside railing for North Quay, Douglas, Isle of Man

visiting artist for Super Learning Day, Broadway School, Aston

worked as a welder on Antony Gormley's Domain Field at BALTIC, the centre for contemporary art, Gateshead

appeared live on BBC House Call, demonstrating and talking about blacksmithing

exhibited at Christmas Presents, Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead

contributed to the Gdansk Millenium Tree, at forge-in, in Gniew, Poland

exhibited at Querschnitt - Metallgestaltung Heute, Friedrichshafen, Germany