I am Aaron Petersen - Blacksmith. (In Welsh ‘Aaron y Gof’). I am a worker of that most magical of materials, iron. Iron is a material like no other. Steeped in history and myth its use in decorative and functional objects goes back to the early Celts. Alongside my wife Trudi I run Ferric Fusion blacksmiths (www.ferricfusion.co.uk). I have been designing and producing ironwork both full time and part time for over two decades. I trained as part of the family business and have been wielding a hammer almost since I could lift one. I obtained my arts training via Newport Art College, leaving in 1987 with a BA (hons) in fine art in 1987. I spent 6 years working as the resident demonstrating blacksmith in the National Museum of Wales in St Fagans, Cardiff, making and restoring functional iron work for the buildings and gardens and demonstrating blacksmithing to the public as well as producing bespoke items for private individuals.
A trained teacher, I work part time at Barry College in the Vale of Glamorgan. I use my teaching skills to train beginners and those more advanced in hot forging skills at our family forge in West Wales. Alongside other family members and in partnership with peers I have worked on large public sculpture commissions including a 30 foot steel mural now housed in Cardiff City Hall and a large commissioned dragonfly made out of recycled steel for the firm Dow Corning in the Vale of Glamorgan. The latter was designed with Jon Williams, best known as the sculpter of the Gaudi inspired Scott memorial sculpture in Cardiff Ba.
I offer a cost-effective design & making service for most types of interior and exterior ironwork. From small scale pieces suitable for giving as gifts or for providing the finishing touches to your home through to large works such as gates and railings and garden sculpture designed to complement your house and garden. On this website you will find examples of just some of the products that I have made.
There are two strands to my work – traditional and modern. The traditional items are those that you would expect from a time served smith with knowledge of traditional techniques and an interest in renovation. The modern items demonstrate that blacksmithing doesn’t have to be ‘ye old worlde’. Contemporary metals and finishes combined with age old techniques combine to make really funky items that are as cutting edge as you want.