Students from The Lakes School, Troutbeck recently enjoyed a behind the scenes visit to the studio and workshop.

Chris Brammall with The Lakes School lecturers and students
Chris Brammall with The Lakes School lecturers and students

A group of nineteen Year 9 and 6th form students were given the rare opportunity to visit the premises here in Ulverston  as part of their design studies.

They enjoyed a talk by artist and designer Chris, who spoke about his career path as a trained blacksmith and the inspirations behind his designs and work. They were also able to take a tour of the workshop to view current projects including a 30metre swan sculpture weighing three quarters of a ton, which is destined for a client in London.

Chris Brammall addresses the students in the workshop
Chris Brammall addresses the students in the workshop

Isaac Hodgson, a Year 9 student at The Lakes School commented; “It was great to see the design process from a small sketchbook, to computer designs and then the finished sculptures. I particularly enjoyed seeing the construction of the artwork in the blacksmith’s forge and the variety of traditional techniques used to create modern pieces of art.”

Chris Brammall with The Lakes School students
Chris Brammall with The Lakes School students

Chris Brammall commented “I have a strong connection with The Lakes School as a former pupil and also as my daughter Wren is currently studying at the school for her A-levels. The next generation of artists and designers need inspiring just as I did when I was a student and it gives me great pleasure to give them a glimpse into my world as a Blacksmith and architectural metalworker. I realise how lucky I am to have been able to make a career by doing something I love and I hope the visit gave the students the confidence to know that is something they to could achieve.”