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RHS Urban Show

Little Duck Forge is proud to be taking part in the new RHS Urban Show, set in the heart of Manchester, it celebrates your own oasis. Don’t miss the chance be a part of this new immersive gardening experience. See The RHS Urban Show

We are excited to unveil our Forged Plant Stands at the upcoming RHS Urban Gardening Show, where gardening enthusiasts and industry professionals come together to celebrate urban horticulture.

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Traditional Heritage Craft Week – Bedales School

Discover the art of transforming steel and glass into a bespoke piece of garden sculpture with our Blacksmithing and Garden Sculpture course, one of three courses on offer for adults at the inaugural Traditional Heritage Craft Week, taking place at Bedales from 8-12 July.

Under the expert guidance of Lucille Scott of @littleduckforge , you’ll complete a sculpture of your own design for your garden over five days, exploring the key skills required for working with glass and steel. You’ll create a piece of fused glass before moving onto blacksmithing techniques, learning how to draw down, upset, bend, twist, hot cut and punch using hand tools to bring your sculpture to life.

Open to all – whether you’re a current parent, former parent, Old Bedalian, friend of the school, or new to Bedales – this is an exciting opportunity to learn a comprehensive range of traditional craft skills from highly experienced professionals. Lucille will be supported throughout the course by fused glass artist Elisa Dodd and Little Duck Forge’s blacksmithing apprentice Martyna Ciucka.

Limited places are available, so don’t miss this chance to immerse yourself in a heritage craft. To find out more about the course and book your place, follow the link

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New Plant Stands

Little Duck Forge is pleased to announce a new set of products to provide stands for plants.

See the current set of products on the Catalogue Page

A printed version of the catalogue is available here

Please check before ordering as these products are new and subject to change.

Latest

Love Tillandsia
Heart shaped Fused Glass in forged steel frame, elegant airplant display.


Dimensions (mm)

240 x 180 x 100


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Spring Art Trails and Sculpture Events

This Spring Little Duck Forge will be attending the following events showing new and existing products. It would be nice to meet you so if you go to any of these beautiful events stop by and say hello.

Emsworth Art Trail

Welcome to the Emsworth Arts Trail 2024. We’ve 88 talented artists exhibited in their own homes, studios and community spaces this year. Taster exhibitons in Emsworth business will also bring excitement to the Trail in the very heart of the town during April and May. Note Little Duck Forge will only be exhibiting on the 27 – 28 April Weekend.

Venue

Hollybank House, Hollybank Lane, Emsworth, PO10 7UN

Date

27 – 28 Apr

Opening Times

10am – 5pm

Website

Emsworth Art Trail

Hayling Island Art Trail

The 2024 trail promises to be one of the best ever with over 60 artists throwing open the doors of their studios, homes and gardens to give the public an insight into their work.

Venue

15 Seafront Estate, PO11 9JJ

Date

11 – 12 May

Opening Times

10am – 4pm

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Hayling Island Art Trail

Contemporary Craft Fair – RHS Garden Wisley

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Petersfield Physic Garden

Petersfield Physic Garden is a private garden which is open to the public without charge, providing a green oasis in the centre of town. It is a garden created in a 17th Century style with distinct parts laid out for different purposes.

Hampshire Artists Co-operative Exhibition

5th – 14th April 2024

Petersfield Physic Garden,
16 High Street, Petersfield, Hants GU32 3JJ

Petersfield Physic Garden Website

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New Product Brochure

During the summer we produced a new product brochure with some stunning photographs of some of our work. If you call in at the forge for any of the winter events please ask to see the new brochure and keep an eye on the website for a online version coming soon and some of the photographs appearing.

The brochure may be viewed here

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Little Duck Forge News

Hello and welcome to our Winter newsletter from the forge. 

Little Duck Forge News – Winter 2023

If you are interested in receiving future newsletters please subscribe to the list here

Previous newsletters:-

Little Duck Forge News Spring 2023

Little Duck Forge News Winter 2022

Little Duck Forge News November 2022

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Little Duck Forge at the Fire and Iron Gallery

Fire and Iron Gallery was founded in 1982 as part of Rowhurst Forge / Richard Quinnell Ltd (established 1932), in response to a global resurgence of interest in forged iron as a creative medium.

Fire and Iron Gallery is known across the world as the place to see and buy the very best metalwork by leading international artist blacksmiths. Little Duck Forge is proud to be included in the gallery space and in a very short time has had an amazing amount of interest in items placed there.

We have been busy delivering sculptures and squiggle frames around the country to beautiful galleries. Luckily these are in places we love to visit making every visit a mini holiday. The galleries only have a small number of items due to space so if you wish for something specific get in touch with us at the forge. All the galleries tend to specialise in hand made pieces and art created by UK artists so if you are in the area they are well worth a visit.

Currently the Galleries include:-

  • Fire and Iron Gallery, Leatherhead
  • Salt Marsh Gallery, Lymington
  • Obsidian Art Gallery, Stoke Mandeville
  • Mill Bridge Gallery, Skipton
  • Lilford Gallery & Framers, Canterbury
  • Westgate Galleria, Margate
  • The Eclectic Art Gallery, Margate
  • Anthony Giles, The Margate Studio and Gallery, Margate
  • Saltbox Gallery, Helmsley

Further details of galleries

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Courtyard Gallery and Guests at The Physic Garden Petersfield

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Peacock Photos

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Spring Newsletter 2023

Hello and welcome, this is our fourth newsletter from the forge containing spring news and details of events we will be attending in the spring:-

Little Duck Forge News Spring 2023

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Spring Events Details

Past Events

The Garden Show at Firle Place, 21 – 23 April 2023
Craft in Focus – RHS Wisley, 7 April to 1 May 2023

Craft in Focus – Hever Castle

18-21 May 2023

Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 7NG

This event will feature exhibitors showcasing their work in open-sided marquees within the award-winning Hever Castle Gardens set in 125 acres of glorious grounds with the backdrop of the historic castle – the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Exhibitors have been selected from the UK’s finest designer makers and contemporary artists, and the event will incorporate demonstrating artists, a food village and live music! 9.30am to 5.30pm Daily
Craft Fair entry included in normal Garden admission charges
Hever Castle 2023

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Spring and Garden Events Details

This Spring Little Duck Forge will be attending the following events showing new and existing products. It would be nice to meet you so if you go to any of these beautiful events stop by and say hello.

The Garden Show at Firle Place

21 – 23 April 2023
Firle, Nr Lewes, East Sussex BN8 6LP

The Garden Show at Firle Place is an annual springtime event set in the beautiful surroundings of Firle Estate, in the heart of the South Downs National Park. Set over three days, it features specialist growers, garden related goods, artisan designs, homeware products, fashion accessories & delicious country foods. There are daily talks, activities for young & old, expert advice and a variety of music & entertainment.

  • 10am – 5pm daily (last entry 4pm)
  • Free Parking

Craft in Focus – RHS Wisley

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27 April to 1 May 2023
RHS Wisley, GU23 6Q

This event, one of our largest, will be held mainly in floored marquees within the beautiful surroundings of RHS Garden Wisley so visitors will be able to view and purchase contemporary craft and art whilst also enjoying the beautiful spring garden with its huge plant collection. Once again, alongside the marquees displaying and selling the work of some of the UK’s finest designer makers, the event will incorporate demonstrating artists, a food village and live music!

  • 10am to 6pm Thursday & Friday
  • 9am to 6pm Saturday & Sunday
  • 10am to 5pm Monday
  • Craft Fair entry included in normal Garden admission charges

Craft in Focus – Hever Castle

18-21 May 2023
Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 7NG

This event will feature exhibitors showcasing their work in open-sided marquees within the award-winning Hever Castle Gardens set in 125 acres of glorious grounds with the backdrop of the historic castle – the childhood home of Anne Boleyn.  Exhibitors have been selected from the UK’s finest designer makers and contemporary artists, and the event will incorporate demonstrating artists, a food village and live music!

  • 9.30am to 5.30pm Daily
  • Craft Fair entry included in normal Garden admission charges
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Galleries

Fire & Iron, Leatherhead
Rowhurst Forge, Oxshott Road, Leatherhead, KT22 0EN
Fire and Iron Gallery was founded in 1982, in response to a global resurgence of interest in forged iron as a creative medium. Fire and Iron represents 200 British and international makers working in technically diverse ways with all types of metal.
Fire & Iron

Salt Marsh Gallery, Lymington
18A St Thomas Street, Lymington, SO41 9NB
The gallery is a mix of local and national artists. We have built relationships with local artists and hope to meet new ones all the time.
The Saltmarsh Gallery

Obsidian Art Gallery, Stoke Mandeville
Layby Farm, Old Risborough Road, Stoke Mandeville, Bucks. HP22 5XJ
Obsidian Art Gallery opened in 2002, and is one of the largest art galleries in Buckinghamshire, England. We specialise in fine art and designer craft by British artists and makers, showing a wide range of hand selected selected hand produced items.
obsidianart.co.uk/

Mill Bridge Gallery, Skipton
3 Mill Bridge • Skipton • North Yorkshire • BD23 1NJ
Mill Bridge Gallery, located in a canal-side building dating back to 1675 and said to be the oldest dwelling in Skipton, exhibits the work of talented local artists.
Mill Bridge Gallery

Lilford Gallery & Framers, Canterbury
76 Castle Street, Canterbury, Kent. CT1 2QD
Lilford Gallery & Framers is a Art Gallery and Framing Studio in Castle Street, a 5 minute walk from the High Street.
Lilford Gallery & Framers

Westgate Galleria, Margate
29 Station Road, Westgate-on-Sea, CT8 8RB
Westgate Galleria is in picturesque Westgate-on-Sea, a thriving high street and holiday resort.
Westgate Galleria

The Eclectic Art Gallery, Margate
6 Broad Street, Margate Old Town, CT9 1EW
The Eclectic Art Gallery is in a beautiful location within Margate Old Town’s former Crown Chambers which also includes other creative retail outlets, the renowned Bottega Caruso Restaurant, and studios and living accommodation.
The Eclectic Art Gallery

Anthony Giles, The Margate Studio and Gallery, Margate
3 Lombard Street, Margate Old Town, Kent CT9 1EJ
Anthony lives and works in Margate Kent. Surrounded by Turner’s ‘best skies in all of Europe’, ​he paints with a passion, large canvasses that capture the beauty of the downlands, marshes and beaches that surround him.
Anthony Giles.co.uk

Saltbox Gallery, Helmsley
2 Castlegate, Helmsley, York, YO62 5AB
A constantly changing collection of uk contemporary paintings, print, glass, ceramics, sculpture, jewellery and textiles.
Saltbox Gallery

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New Sculptures for the Spring

During the winter, the forge has been working on a number of new Sculptures incorporating beautiful fused glass. These are the first images of the Stingray Sculpture.

Find some of the latest developments on our Facebook page

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Future Events 2023

Little Duck Forge will be attending the following future events. Keep and eye on the “Shows and Exhibitions” listed on the website.

  • 27 May – 11 June – Art in the Garden, Boarhunt
  • 3-4 June – Sculpture by the Lakes
  • 9 – 11 June – Stansted Garden Show
  • 7 – 9 July – Crafting Festival – South of England Showground
  • 15 – 16 July – Hand made Fair – Sussex Prarie Gardens
  • 19 – 23 July – RHS Tatton Flower Show – Cheshire
  • 7-10 September – Contemporary Craft Fair, Hever Castle
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Newsletter No3 – December 2022

Hello and welcome to our third newsletter from the forge. You have received this newsletter because at some point I thought you may be interested but as ever if you don’t want to receive these emails you can absolutely unsubscribe (down at the bottom)… but I hope you stay!

In brief the newsletter has information about Christmas opening, our 1 day January sale, the new galleries that we can be found in and our hopes for 2023!

Care and Love – Glass by Elisa Mott

WEDNESDAY 21st DEC – Last Minute Forge opening for Christmas

The forge is open for last minute Christmas Shopping on the 21st December from 1 – 7pm. Elisa the glass artist will be with me so pop in and say hello.

Little Duck Forge, 199 Henderson Road, Southsea, PO4 9 JQ

Squiggle Frames are not just for Christmas

Wreath making seems to be more popular than ever this year and Squiggle Frames make a great base for a Christmas Wreath. They are also great for use through the year to display finds and create your own wall sculpture.

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Sqiggle Frame Christmas Wreath

For those of you who have escaped seeing one yet, squiggle frames are wall hanging wreaths hand forged in mild steel and finished with oil and wax. They are a great base for making all sorts of things decorative. I originally designed them as a base for Christmas wreaths but soon discovered that the shape was so pleasing it could be used all round the year as a base for different crafts. Seaside/Coastal Wreaths being very popular.

For inspiration and to share what you have done seek ‘Sqiggle Frames by The friends of Little Duck Forge’ Facebook Page here

New Exhibitions

The Salt Marsh Gallery

In November we delivered outdoor garden sculptures to The Salt Marsh Gallery in Lymington. The gallery is delightful and offers a mix of art, ceramics, sculpture, jewellery, gifts & pieces for the home and garden.

The Salt Marsh Gallery

The Saltmarsh Gallery

Craft Cabin Chichester

We are also delighted to be involved in a relatively new venture based in Bognor and Chichester. The Craft Cabin Chichester is based in the compound of Manor Nursery Garden Centre. We have a range our sculptures on display in the Craft Cabin Chichester garden and I can be found helping out once a month, I will be there 27th January 2023 if you happen to be passing.

Craft Cabin Chichester

January Sale!

After the great success of our completely under advertised January sale last year Elisa and I will be joining forces again and running a mega January sale in the forge on Saturday 14th January from 11am – 4pm. As anyone who knows me or may have found in the past, I do not do discounts but we have been looking at our stocks and decided it is time to part with some old friends at bargain rates. There will be interesting items such as prototype designs and creations which whilst not making it to mainline products may be something that your life or garden have been seeking. There will also be a stash of pieces that we started and never finished that may catch your attention.

January Sale

Saturday 14th January, 11am – 4pm

Eastney Beam Engine House, Southsea PO4 9JF

New for 2023

2023 will see our first year doing a trade show, we have exhibited in a few galleries over the years but as I was generally working on my own I found it difficult to supply them. Since early 2021 we became a team of 3, the wonderful welder Graham and the able apprentice Martyna joined me in the forge. Initially it was just a couple of days a week but in the last year they increased their hours and I have increased their training. I will add more in future newsletters about their training and blacksmiths opportunities but for today here we are on our Christmas outing in the new yellow van…..

Lucille, Martyna (the apprentice) and Graham (the Welder) Christmas 2022

Provisional Event Dates for 2023

2023 dates to be confirmed please check for later updates

  • 17 – 29 Jan – Hilliers exhibition with Hampshire Artists Cooperative
  • 24-26 – Artisan Made – Trade show
  • 21 – 23 April – Firle Place Garden Show
  • 27 April – 1 May – Contemporary Craft Fair, RHS Garden Wisley
  • 18-21 May – Contemporary Craft Fair, Hever Castle
  • 27 May – 10 June – Art in the Garden – North Boarhunt
  • 9 – 11 June – Stansted Garden Show
  • 15 – 16 July – Hand made Fair – Sussex Prarie Gardens
  • 7-10 September – Contemporary Craft Fair, Hever Castle
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The Salt Marsh Gallery

The Forge has just delivered garden sculptures to The Salt Marsh Gallery in Lymington. This inspiring art gallery – offers a mix of art, ceramics, sculpture, jewellery, gifts & pieces for the home and garden.

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I shall be exhibiting my work at the next Craft In Focus event at RHS Garden Wisley from 9-13 November. I hope you can visit me there.

Contemporary Craft Fair

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Desire

Jewellery & Silversmithing Fair

9-13 November 2022

RHS Hilltop

RHS Garden Wisley

2 Events – 1 Admission – 1 Fabulous Garden

Craft In Focus and Desire Fair are pleased to be bringing a stunning selection of the very top makers from across the UK to RHS Hilltop at RHS Garden Wisley from 9-13 November. Both these events offer the public a calibre of exhibitor rarely seen at other fairs, offering a perfect opportunity to see outstanding work and craftsmanship from these talented British makers.

Desire Jewellery & Silversmithing Fair
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The Desire Jewellery & Silversmithing Fair offers a stunning collection and unrivalled choice of contemporary jewellery and stylish silverware. Regularly receiving widespread acclaim from visitors and the media for the diverse range on offer and the quality of the items available to purchase, the exhibitors have all been selected for their superb and innovative design and craftsmanship as well as outstanding quality.The fair offers a huge variety of unusual and original designs to suit all tastes and across a wide price range. These leading designer makers will also create bespoke pieces for those wishing to commission work.

Visit the Desire Fair Website
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Little Duck Forge on TV

Little Duck Forge film for Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh

Earlier this year I was filmed for an item which appeared on “Love your weekend with Alan Titchmarsh”

Many Thanks to Justin Ingham for making a marvelous short film.

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Glass Art Stands

Anton Glass Art Stand

Anton Sculpture Stand is designed to allow glass artists to display their work in a practical and decorative way as an interior sculpture.
Anton Sculpture Stand will allow you to display a 200mm circular piece of glass art or ceramics.


From the photo you can see that the glass slides between the angled metal. The glass is therefore sat in a v groove allowing a range of thicknesses of glass to sit securely The stand is designed for 6mm but it can cope with anything below this and can go up to 8mm. If you want it to be permanent I would advise holding with silicon adhesive.
This stands at a height of approximately 250mm.
It measures 260mm across and 130mm depth.

They are hand forged by me in Little Duck Forge, Portsmouth.
The mild steel has been oiled and waxed for interior use.
Please be aware that no two are completely identical, different sizes can be made to order.
Local collection from the forge is available, please get in touch.
Photo pictured with Glass from Rachel Russell and Elisa Mott as examples.

Sinuous Sculpture Glass Art Stand

Sinuous Sculpture Stand is designed to allow glass artists to display their work in a new and exciting way as garden sculpture.
Sinuous Sculpture will allow you to display a 200mm circular piece of glass art.
From the photo you can see that the glass slides between 2 supports on the inner circle.
This holds the glass securely.
This stands at a height approximately 1680mm above ground.
Has a 200mm stake that goes below ground and measures 220mm across.
They are hand forged by me in Little Duck Forge, Portsmouth.
I have included a photo of myself 5ft8″ so you can gauge the size.
Glass sample photo is the work of Rachel Russell Glass.
Local collection from the forge is available, please get in touch.
This item is made from galvanised steel so designed for outdoor use.

Reverse Scroll Birdbath Stand

Add your own bowl – Birdbath Frame for Glass Art

The Reverse Scroll Birdbath Stand is ideal to compliment a fused glass or ceramic bowl.
A quality artisan galvanised steel stand.

Each piece is hand forged by me at Little Duck Forge in Portsmouth.
Local collection is available please contact me.

It holds a 300mm bowl.

This design stakes into the ground so is easy to display in any garden – stake into a lawn, flowerbed or deep heavy pot.

Pictured with a glass bowl for example and next to myself to gauge size- I’m 5ft8″.

The height above ground ranges between 600-650mm.
The stake into the groud is 200mm
The internal ring size where the bowl is mounted is 230mm.
The overall width is between 420-450mm.
These items are hand forged – hence the sizes vary slightly.

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Squiggle Frame

Hand forged steel wreath base.

For inspiration and to share what you have done seek ‘Sqiggle Frames by The friends of Little Duck Forge’ Facebook Page here

Description

Squiggle frames are wall hanging wreaths hand forged in mild steel and finished with oil and wax. They are a great base for making all sorts of things decorative. Originally designed as a base for Christmas wreaths it was soon discovered that the shape was so pleasing it could be used all round the year as a base for different crafts. Seaside/Coastal Wreaths being very popular.

Size: 30 x 40 cm high including the squiggle (12×15.5”) Available to buy for £25 from my Folksy Shop here

Inspiration

When I first set up the forge and we were making Christmas decorations my apprentice asked if we would be making Christmas wreaths….he had forged flowers in mind so I said no, they would be too heavy and cost a fortune!
That night I went home and berated myself for being negative and started thinking about what would be affordable and not be a liability on the doors of Portsmouth. The next morning I made a squiggle frame, that day I decorated it with green and red felt, then baubles and ribbon, then stones……and so started the life of the Squiggle Frame. I now sell them to ceramicists and weavers to make wall sculptures as well as the public who have used them to make amazing pieces of art. One customer never made hers up, after 3 years she came to me and said she had decided ‘less is more’….she loves the frame just as it is on the wall with no decoration. What will you do with yours?

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Fishy Gathering

A beautiful galvanized steel and fused glass fish sculpture designed to enhance any home with a nautical sea life theme. The bullrush and weed arrangement complement the colourful glass fish giving this piece an endearing maritime look.

Dimensions

Height: 70cm
Width: 47cm
Depth: 25cm
Weight: 5kg
Note all measurements are approximate as all are individually handmade.

This item may be ordered directly via my Folksy website

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Baby Bullrush Birdbath

The Baby Bullrush bird bath is the smaller of our bird baths designed on this theme. It is a quality artisan galvanised steel stand combined with a beautiful fused glass bowl.

Each piece is hand forged by our team of three at Little Duck Forge in Portsmouth and the bowls are made by Elisa Mott of Shake Your Glass.

This design stakes into the ground so is easy to display in any garden – stake into a lawn, flowerbed or deep plant pot.

Dimensions

Height: 70cm (90cm inc spikes)
Width: between 30-45cm
Bowl: 30cm
Note all measurements are approximate as all are individually handmade.

This item may be ordered directly via my Folksy website

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