Will Maguire is one of very few contemporary blacksmiths in Australia. Working with, hot steel, forging and manipulating it, striving to create forms that are beautiful, genuine and new. He brings blacksmithing into the 21st Century, with a combination of striking contemporary design whilst keeping the integrity of the craft intact with his use of traditional skills learnt from masters overseas.
I am a blacksmith based out of country New South Wales. Initially I trained as an industrial blacksmith before travelling and working overseas for many wonderful contemporary smiths. Since then I have studied botanical drawing at the University of Newcastle and hold a keen interest in design. For over ten years now I have worked on a beautiful property from an old converted dairy in the Hunter Valley.
Will’s work has an individual depth, texture and feeling embedded in it creating iron with personality.
The idea of blacksmithing is steeped in myth and history but essentially as a skill-based craft. The tangible shaping of hot metal with the craft of blacksmithing forms a medium for expression through sculpture. My attachment with iron is not clear, it provides a real permanent directness while being soft and eminently pliable while hot. This combination continues to be tantalizing and, at its best, ultimately rewarding.