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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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Wild Garden

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Peacock Photos

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Stingray Photos

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E-Newsletter 3

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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Recent Commisions

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Island City Stories

Promo film created for local Blacksmith in Portsmouth called Little Duck Forge through Island City Stories. Director: Callum Woods Producer & Editor: Matthew Campbell Camera Op: Brooks Warner-James Sound Recordist: Ryan Palmer

Island City Stories

Island City Stories is a collaborative project between students and staff in The Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI) at The University of Portsmouth and local independent businesses and community groups in Portsmouth. BA TV & Film Production students were paired up with independent businesses to tell their stories through film. With thanks to Dan Pease from BA Illustration for the logo design. www.islandcitystories.co.uk

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Some other portfolio work

Going through photographs recently came across these as previous work.

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Common Time

Whilst sat in a band practice one day I was watching the conductor beating time, I suddenly realised the beauty of the form scribed in the air by his batton ….4/4 or Common Time was born. I chose to put a stave through the form to give it balance and a hint at the subject.

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Snow Witch

Over twenty local artists responded to a challenge by local author Matt Wingett to make new work inspired by his novel The Snow Witch novel in some form or other.

Funded by Arts Council England and generously supported by Cascades Shopping Centre the exhibition presented a range of work in a number of mediums. It was open daily for three weeks and saw over 1500 people visit the gallery during this time.

Curator Lucille Scott, Blacksmith and owner of Little Duck Forge explained that the idea came up in conversation with Matt over a year before in 2018. Originally the exhibition was to be a collaboration between Lucille and Matt, the wordsmith versus the blacksmith. Over the following year, the idea grew into a scheme for the exhibition which opened October 21st 2020.

The work of other artists taking part can be seen at the exhibition website here

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Frog arrived safely thank you

Its always nice to hear from a customer and to see some of their photographs.

“Just to let you know that the frog arrived safely thank you and is sitting happily in the bird bath. Looks great thank you.”

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Garden Bench

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Flamenco Dancer

Inspired by dance and the movement of fabric plus the freshness of a line and wash sketch I have endeavored to create a 3D ‘sketch’ of a flamenco dancer. The lines are incomplete as if quickly sketched and a hint of colour has been added using glass panels. It isn’t fully ‘coloured’ in the same way a sketch wouldn’t be.

I have done a series of studies of Flamenso dancing which I love as it is full of spirit and attitude. The pieces range from copper panels of flamenco hands to the 3D life size sculpture.

In the garden with the first pieces of glass added.
Her first outing at Stansted Garden Show

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People of Portsmouth – Lucille Scott


Jess Mcintosh
As part of my final year project for university I created a series of short documentaries centering around the people of Portsmouth to highlight the individuals within the city.

I was pleased to be filmed as part of the project and thrilled to learn that Jess received a 1st as a result of her efforts.

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Exhibition: Pie Factory, Margate

A Little Bit of What You Fancy : Little Duck Forge and Guests

Dates: 12 April 2019 to 17 April 2019
Times: Friday to Tuesday: 9am to 6pm; Wednesday: 8.30am to noon

Special viewing Friday Evening 7 – 9pm

Lucille Scott of Little Duck Forge will be exhibiting a collection of work from hand forged steel and copper sculptures to stunning paintings by guest artists. Lucille loves colour but does not like to paint her work so she works in collaboration with ceramicist Jan Griffiths and a number of glass artists chosen specifically for their styles to complement the various design. To fill the walls of the Pie Factory with colour a number of forge friends will be contributing work to the exhibition.