Ambrose Burne is an artist blacksmith working on national and international projects, from his workshop in the Welsh Marches. A designer maker of high quality metal sculptures and bespoke architectural ironwork, he fuses contemporary artistic ideas and design principles with a vocabulary of traditional craft techniques.
As an artist, he finds inspiration in steel as medium due to the diverse ways the material can be applied; it is physically strong so can be used to create robust and durable structure, when hot it is malleable so can be manipulated into varied forms whilst retaining its strength. Though there is an element of work on paper in his practice, even when responding to the criteria of a client, a great proportion of the design is in the making. Ambrose creates a design objective, he then makes components that respond to this, the act of construction is akin to the process of completing a visual puzzle; using ingenious methods to interweave and fix the pieces resulting in original lyrical, rhythmical forms that exist comfortably in the context of traditional blacksmithing.
As well as running a busy workshop, Ambrose teaches on the BA (Hons) Artist Blacksmithing degree course at Hereford College of Arts, run in conjunction with the National School of Blacksmithing. Ambrose undertakes a wide range of commissions for striking modern gates, railings, pergolas and more.