Tom Goff

Tom Goff

Decorative metalsmith and craftsman based in Moffat

Tell us a little about what you do and why you love it
I love the malleability of copper and brass and the texture of wood, taken rough and smoothed into something tactile and beautiful ( as well as useful). I am very inspired by the work of William Morris, Ruskin, Voysey et al but also inspired by my fellow artists and makers in D & G, what a wonderful vibrant place to visit. I never miss Spring Fling and hope to participate myself one day.
I make everything by hand and prefer to work with locally sourced wood whenever available, bought in rough format and sanded, shaped and oiled by hand. I also use recycled copper and other metals wherever possible.

What makes Dumfries and Galloway special to you?
The opportunity to be creative and to have my work appreciated together with the inspiration from the wonderful scenery and amazing culture of the area.

Are you involved in other arts and cultural activities?
I am involved in the Moffat Garden Trail also as I tend to do metalwork in my own garden and want to show it off. I am also a founder member of the new Moffat Art Collective that hopes to have its inaugural show at the Town Hall later this year

What projects are you involved in right now?
Work wise I am working on some new designs which feature a domed piece of oak in a clock which is different to previous designs – no two pieces of my work are the same so I am always changing and evolving the work.

Hopes, ambitions or plans for 2015?
To exhibit in more galleries and to be involved in the Craft Scotland event in Edinburgh

Have you always been in this role – or have you/do you do anything else?
I spent many years as a metalworker in industry but my mother was a sculptor and blood will out. Now an artist and maker I am inspired by William Morris and others in the Arts and Crafts movement and my work includes paintings and metalwork with wood. Metalwork includes hanging ornaments, candle sconces, mirrors, clocks etc and I work in hand beaten copper, brass and stainless steel, usually on an oak or ash frame but occasionally in cedar, yew or other woods.

If we asked a friend to tell us something surprising about you, what would they say?
That I am determined and although I am disabled I do not let it stop me doing anything!

Anything else you’d like to tell us?
I initially lived in Merseyside where I exhibited in Wirral and Liverpool but have been based in Moffat for the last four years. I am currently exhibiting in Gracefields in Dumfries, the Art Room in Moffat and the Three Fishes Gallery in Peebles. I’m a member of the Dumfries and Galloway Fine Art Society and have a shop, Goffart, on Etsy.


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