Located in Melbourne’s Inner West, Waterside Metal Art Studio (Waterside) is an artist blacksmith studio offering blacksmithing courses, quality forging supplies and tools, blacksmiths coke and a space where members can forge. The purpose of the studio is to provide a relaxed and inspiring space, where people with an interest in metalwork can gather to pursue artistic and creative metal forging using traditional and/or modern tools and techniques. Current members include blacksmiths, electricians, geologists, boat builders, managers and drafts-men. Basically we come from all walks of life and we all like to work steel! The studio is ideally located along a quiet section of the Maribyrnong River in Footscray.
The group was established in 2011 by Steve Phillips (Estebaan) who studied blacksmithing in Antwerp (Belgium). Upon his return to Australia, he was invited to join the studio by the award winning metal artist Noel Muscat and in 2015 he completed installation of eight traditional coke fired blacksmith forges. Steve has a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and directs the delivery of classes at Waterside.
At the end of 2011, Jacq Wylestone joined the forge. Jacq has over 25years experience working as a blacksmith and metal worker, holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and is currently completing a Bachelor of Fine Art at Victorian College of the Arts.
Waterside maintains links with a number of other blacksmith groups including the Mont Delancey Blacksmithing Group, The Artist Blacksmiths Association of NSW, Tasmanian Artist Blacksmith Association and the Australian Blacksmiths Association (Victoria) Inc.