The festival has workshops before and during the festival open to blacksmiths. Take a look and book below.


Glass On Steel & Object Making

This workshop is suitable for all former Waterside students who have completed Module 1 and other metal artists with forging expereince. Students will learn how to apply colour and texture to dark forged and formed steel pieces, using vitreous glass enamel.  The class will start off with students making their own vessels ready to be enamelled. Demonstrations throughout the day will guide them through all the processes necessary to prepare and finish their vessels by fusing glass to steel.  All students will walk away with a forged and enamelled object and the knowledge/skill to incorporate this wonderful technique into their forging practice. At the end of the day Ben will also give a presentation on object making.

This class will be taught by Tasmanian based designer/maker Ben Beames. Ben has been working with steel for the past 15 years, running his own business, specialising in custom made steel sculptures and objects, participating in numerous blacksmithing events around the world and recently teaching sculpture classes in the US together with Rachel David. Ben draws inspiration from the fluid forms found in nature. His creative process is one of action and observation - 'through working with intent and a willingness to accept compromise, new ideas emerge'...


Saturday 20th & Monday 22nd April 2019


Blacksmiths Knife


This workshop will be a primer to the path of bladesmithing. Artist and master blacksmith Pete Mattila will guide you in design, forging and creation of your own simple yet elegant blacksmiths blade. This one day accelerated workshop will be keeping it real to cover many topics and techniques of making these desirable utilitarian devils. 

Pete will be graciously coming up from Tasmania to teach this unit with the assistance from the familiar Waterside crew. 

Mattila is the combination of an industrial blacksmith by trade and master of fine art. Pete’s work celebrates complex histories, in art, craft and design as well as industrial expression. With experience teaching and working in the US and Australia. 


Sunday 21st April 2019