Artist Blacksmith making hand forged products for interiors, gardens and public spaces.
Using a combination of traditional blacksmithing techniques and contemporary design, Charis creates beautiful hand crafted items for homes, gardens and public spaces. From jewellery and candlesticks, to gates and railings, no project is too big or too small. She especially enjoys the challenge and satisfaction gained by working with a client to produce a bespoke work of art especially for them. She does her best to make sure the whole commissioning process is as easy and enjoyable as possible.
"Many people think commissioning work from a craftsman will be really expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Of course it will be more expensive than buying mass produced products from the high street, but I will design to your budget and you get something completely unique to you that will last a lifetime."
As resident blacksmith at Etruria Industrial Museum, Charis demonstrates her craft to the public at Steam Weekends. "I love showing off my skills! People are fascinated by the fire and the whole process of turning plain metal into beautiful objects. I love chatting to people and meet some wonderful characters." Portable equipment means that she can also demonstrate at outdoor events and festivals.
Charis has undertaken a number of high profile commissions, including award trophies for the 2010K Road race in Stoke, the cycle racks at Etruria Industrial Museum and Gladstone Pottery Museum and artworks for the new West End Village retirement complex on London Road, Stoke-on-Trent. This latest project included creating a three metre high red elephant for the gates!