We love our artists and believe in every one of them. Their work excites us and we think this is really important. We only exhibit original pieces and all are made with true quality craftsmanship, and skill from Britain’s finest professional artists and designers within their discipline. We guarantee unique original art, sculpture and fine jewellery that you will not find else where in Worthing and the surrounding areas, enabling your visit to The Forge Gallery to be an experience, a feast for the eyes with something bespoke for all pockets.
Siobhan Jones is one of Britain's leading contemporary fused glass artists and unlike any other. Siobhan creates exciting bespoke kiln fused contemporary glass wall panels, garden sculpture, bowls, vessels, glass jewellery, ashes in art and leaded glass work in bold, vivid, contrasting and complimentary colour combinations.
Please click here to visit Siobhan's website for further examples of her work and commissions.
Elaine Peto graduated from Exeter College of Art & Design in 1985, where she studied animals via livestock markets and the abattoir, using the media of photography and drawing to record the structure of the carcass.
In 1986, she set up a studio and continued the study of agricultural animals. Each animal is individually made by the process of slab building in clay, i.e. rolling out a sheet of clay and forming the body, then gradually adding slab by slab to form the whole animal. The details are then re-modeled until the animal is complete. It is then biscuit fired, glazed and re-fired to stoneware.
The Forge Worthing Comments: On a personal note, having followed Elaine's work for over 15 years, we feel her work captures the life and soul of the animal in a way no one else does. Come and see for yourself!
Paul began Blacksmithing after leaving school in 1986. His training was traditionally focused, and attending the Rural Development Commission at Salisbury, he developed these skills and completed his apprenticeship with a love of traditional style ironwork. It was sharing a workshop with Claudia Petley in 1992 that opened up a new dimension to his work. Paul saw the potential of combining his traditional skills with modern design. Since then, his work has progressed from small interior pieces to larger architectural commissions, but he strives to maintain the precision and integrity, whatever the scale.
Heidi first started using the media of textiles embroidery in 1998 following the completion of her degree in textiles at Chelsea Art College. Heidi rapidly became a lover of this exciting and inspiring medium and would describe her work as freestyle embroidery, painting with fabric and thread. Heidi produces textile images inspired by fairytales, personal narrative and a personal response to the events surrounding us, a sort of textile Journalism!
Heidi hope to evoke with my work, the magical place between closing your eyes and falling asleep.
The neglect and decay of structures and buildings plus exposure to the natural elements, can reveal interesting surfaces, shapes, textures and patterns, which inspire Diane's textile works and paintings. Main themes are carpets of rich colourful leaves, the gnarled, grainy texture of tree bark, pebbles and structures on beaches and the ever changing rock pools.
Diane's images are hand painted with dyes or printed directly onto silk. The use of free machine, hand embroidery and quilting to create texture and raised areas in relief, provides the opportunity to express an appreciation for the beauty of texture and form in nature. This results in a compelling, irresistible tactile quality to each piece.
Absolute belief is at the heart of LoCo Glass’ success. A belief in creating the very best of British studio glass, a belief in keeping the craft of glassmaking alive and relevant for modern consumers and a belief that in everything they do, above all it must have integrity and ultimately delight both client and glass maker.
The duo behind Cotswold-based LoCo Glass, Louise and Colin Hawkins, have enviable glass making credentials. What sets the pair apart is a true appreciation of glass, its foibles and follies. Louise and Colin gained this innate understanding early in their careers when working alongside some of the last glass making ‘gaffers’, traditional artisans who practised their art when the British glass making industry was at its pinnacle. Now modern-day gaffers in their own right, the pair have been joined by a team committed to creating the very best studio glass to represent their industry in the UK and further afield.
Tara specialises in traditional silversmithing techniques; mostly handraising to produce fluid, curvaceous forms, primarily asymmetrical, from one-offs to private commissions. Influenced by the organic nature of silver and gold, Tara also creates contemporary but classic jewellery. simplicity is the key to her designs wanting pieces to be sensuous and sensational to touch.
Linda Warrick originally trained as a ceramics teacher, but since 1997 has worked solely as a ceramic artist, exhibiting her semi-abstract bird forms in galleries throughout the U.K. Her work is the result of a lifetime of watching birds, trying to determine the essence of their characteristics, how they are suited to the environment they inhabit and how they move and feed. All pieces are individually hand-built and then sawdust smoked, giving unique carbon markings.
Samantha creates a range of functional earthenware wheel thrown and press moulded tableware including mugs, jugs, bowls, platters and jars. Work is decorated using coloured decorating slips which are applied to the surface with a combination of brushwork, sponging and slip trailing. Samantha enjoys the process of decorating work with repeat patterns using slip which enhances the layering and painterly quality of the material. White earthenware and terracotta clay are used as they exploit the richness and warmth of the coloured decorating slips, in combination with transparent and honey glazes. Samantha’s influences for her work derive from interests such as English country slipware, the natural environment and 1950s textiles.
The human form has always been a fascination for Arabella, and she has derived much pleasure from studying it intently. Arabella uses the figure as a vessel with which to carry an idea or emotion. It has become a fantastic tool for fostering understanding between artist and viewer. Arabella aims to permeate each piece with her own style, being vigorous and energetic with the material to achieve something which is tactile and has a presence within its setting.
Clare Designs and Makes Jewellery using Anodised Aluminium.
Author of 'Anodize! Brilliant colour and bold design for Jewellery' Colourful Jewellery incorporating silkscreen, graphic design, photography and traditional printmaking techniques.
As an Artist Blacksmith, a Sheet Metal Fabricator and a Welder, Natalie is able to experiment with a huge range of metals and processes. After four years employment in light and heavy commercial metal industries, study at Warwickshire College in Artist Blacksmithing and Brighton University 3D Design WMCP, Natalie works all metals with a view to changing its metallurgy using temperature and tonnage. Natalie has a fascination of metallurgy and the chemistry of change. This combines with a long love of Art and Design and her desire to make metal art.
Rozie was born in Middlesex and spent the first part of her life living in West London moving to Herefordshire, where she now works and lives, in 1974. She originally learned illustration and typography at Harrow School of Art. After college she worked in the painting room at the Royal School of Needlework, painting designs for embroiderers. After moving to Herefordshire, she worked in the print and publishing trade as a typesetter. In 1990 she returned to Hereford College of Art and Design where she completed the Small Studio Practice course, later to become Applied Arts. Since leaving the course she has made her own work, producing an ever-changing range of jewellery, wire sculptures and site-specific work. Although now working three-dimensionally, she continues to illustrate life and stories with her work.
Simplicity, grace, precision, poise. Clean fluid contours flow effortlessly throughout Martyn Pugh's collection of silverware. Each piece has a satisfying solidity when used. He has created harmonious balance not only to the eye but to the hand. His design philosophy is uncomplicated. "I create beautiful objects for people to use. Function and mechanics are of equal importance to uncompromised beauty." His skills at melding fine engineering with disarming elegance ensure a classical longevity for each piece. Unassuming confidence resonates throughout, a reassuring quality in a world of transient fashions.