Bethan Griffiths

Bethan Griffiths

Bethan Griffiths, director of The Ironwork Studio, is a specialist designer and consultant in decorative architectural ironwork. Her passion for metalwork, especially blacksmithing, developed while studying for her BA in Three-Dimensional Design, has led to her being involved in a wide range of prominent projects.

New designs in heritage settings will always stimulate debate. Whether the
design is boldly contemporary or subtly traditional, there will always be
vehement advocates for and against the outcome. So how to you go about creating an imaginative and confident response derived from context, which not only respects but enhances historic surroundings?
Bethan’s talk will explore design approaches to new work in historic settings, looking at how, as designers, we can:

  • Explore the story inherent in a historic setting
  • Find a design response which tells that story
  • Justify our reasoning and design decisions

Bethan’s portfolio ranges from elegant new designs to heritage conservation, uniting her design training with a thorough understanding of metalwork gained through extensive workshop experience. This enthusiasm for ironwork has led to her actively support of the craft by serving on the council for the British Artist Blacksmith Association (BABA) and becoming a founding member and Trustee of the National Heritage Ironwork Group (NHIG). Her work with the NHIG has led to her playing a key role in the development of training and guidelines for heritage ironwork including establishing ‘Conservation Principles for Forged and Cast Ironwork’.