Shona Johnson fwcb
Shona originally studied agriculture but moved sideways into blacksmithing in 1989, training under her father, Phil Johnson and gaining further skills from her husband Pete Hill. Active on the British blacksmithing scene through the British Artist Blacksmiths Association, Shona attended forge-in events working with and learning from experienced smiths happy to spend their weekends playing at the anvil. Shona became a partner of P. Johnson & Company in 1993 and currently runs the business with Pete and her sister-in-law Sandy Johnson.
Shona is predominately hands on in the forge but also turns her hand to design work and is responsible for marketing, social media and photography.
Shona has been invited to demonstrate and run master classes at several international smithing events over the years throughout Europe and in America, Canada and Australia and has also been involved with organised events and exhibitions promoting artist blacksmithing. Shona holds both a Bronze and Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths, a London craft guild dating back to the 15th century and currently is the
only female to have been awarded a Silver Medal.
Passionate about forging and moving hot metal, Shona’s spare time away from the forge is unsurprisingly connected to blacksmithing as she is currently on the BABA council promoting artist blacksmithing to other smiths and the public. In her very very spare time she can be found happily growing plants in the garden.