Little Duck Forge is a blacksmith business in the Portsmouth area.
My name is Lucille Scott (Iron Maid), a qualified Blacksmith from the Hereford College of Technology.
Little Duck Forge specialises in contemporary ironwork using traditional forge work techniques to create bespoke metalwork.
Lucille Scott is an artist blacksmith creating hand forged metal items inspired by nature and her love for dance and music. For Lucille the appeal of working with iron lies in the traditional role of blacksmiths, the permanence of their work and passing on this tradition to all around her.
As a child Lucille spent many a happy hour watching a blacksmith at work, in her 20′s he offered an apprenticeship but having just completed a BEd in Design and Technology at Goldsmiths College she decided to follow the path of teaching. Sixteen years slipped by when she ran into a blacksmithing demonstration at a teacher’s conference and fell in love with hot metal all over again. A couple of years later Lucille persuaded Portsmouth High School to give her a year’s unpaid sabbatical to go to Herefordshire College of Technology and train as a blacksmith.
On completing the course, Lucille set up ‘Little Duck Forge’ in Eastney, working part time in her old job and part time as a smith. She has recently resigned from teaching to concentrate on developing her artwork and is currently doing a block release course at Hereford to extend her design and forge work skills. She can be seen demonstrating the art of blacksmithing locally at museums, fairs and garden shows or working in the her forge on personal art projects and private commissions.
A collaboration between students at The University of Portsmouth & Independent Businesses in the city.
Products are being created in the Forge continually and are available at exhibitions and galleries. Keep an eye open for new items, some of which are shown above.
Commisions have included interior and exterior ironwork such as door furniture, candlesticks, garden sculptures and a range of fire tools and fire baskets.
Whilst a number of shows and exhibitions have been cancelled the following events are due to take place:-