Jake James is a blacksmith and sculptor with over 20 years of forging experience. Trained in the UK, and based for the last 16 years on Vancouver Island, BC, he has developed a style that focuses on the gesture and expressiveness that can be brought out in heavily forged material, and in exploring the plasticity of hot iron.
Jake’s work cuts across the board, from small utilitarian items to large architectural commissions and public art pieces. At the root of all his design concepts though, is the desire to forge, and bring the aesthetic that blacksmithing is able to provide to the fore.
Jake has also been teaching courses from his forge in Vancouver Island, and has led collaborative blacksmithing events around the world.