About us

We are award-winning sculptors of metals - a husband and wife team - currently working out of a studio based in the grounds of Russborough House, Co. Wicklow, Ireland. Our inspiration and vision as artists - or artisans - is to touch and inspire through the elemental and timeless, the rustic and untamed. Each piece is crafted by either Michael or Gunvor with uniqueness, individuality and excellence in mind.



Gunvor Anhøj

Gunvor Anhøj was born in Denmark in 1973. From early childhood she loved making and used to sit and carve wooden objects in the garden of the family home. For a living she trained as a horticulturalist and was first introduced to Iron when required to plough the fields the old way using horses and a one-furrow plough. Following her intrigue with both the material and the tradition of the blacksmith she then trained in Hereford, England achieving a Higher National Diploma in Three Dimensional Design Crafts, Blacksmithing at the Hereford College of Art and Design.

' Rustic textures in elegant form is my 'signature style'. I aim for designs that have visual and sensory impact through an equal blend of shape, surface and balance - or off-balance.  I like to compose a piece using as few components as possible in order to capture the essence as opposed the obvious - assembling in a way that suggests a playful creation. '

Gunvors Accreditations

2015 The Mill Cove Award, awarded for 'a sculpture of distinction' by The Mill Cove Gallery at the Sculpture in Context Exhibition - the largest and most prestigious outdoor sculpture exhibition in Ireland .
2011 Certificate of merit in the recognition of excellence’. Royal Dublin Society.
1st price at the National Craft Awards, traditional metalwork category.
2001 Higher National Diploma in Three Dimensional Design Crafts / Blacksmithing at the Hereford College of Art & Design.
1999 The Stanley Allcard Cup. The Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths for ‘outstanding ability in the traditional craft of the blacksmith’
1999 Journeymans Certificate. The Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths.


Michael Calnan

Michael was born in 1968 to Irish parents. He ventured into the world of the blacksmith coming from a background in the glass world. The work he creates emanates a degree of simplicity and elegance irrespective of mass and size of material.

'I like that a work can communicate something fundamental to us, that we can realise a connection with it in some unexplainable way. Be it spiritually or mathematically orientated a presence is generated and a moment met. I strive to create work that is visually uncomplicated and aesthetically correct. Through the use of a minimal quantity of elements, such as subtle curves and straight line, visual balance and elegance are possible. The negative shapes - or the voids of space - which are created when two or more elements relate to each other, can often produce surprising results. When viewed from various different perspectives, an evolution of shape occurs'

Michaels Accreditations

2014 & 2015 Judge at the National Craft Awards
2012 Crafts Council of Ireland Purchase award
2012 'Certificate of merit in the recognition of excellence’. Royal Dublin Society. 2nd price at the National Craft Awards, traditional metalwork category.
2001 Higher National Diploma in Three Dimensional Design Crafts / Blacksmithing at the Hereford College of Art & Design.
1999 Journeymans Certificate. The Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths.


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