Ai Iijima


'LIFE' is a fundamental theme of my work which is inspired from nature, or formed incidentally in the making process. None of my works are exactly identical, like all leaves are slightly different in shape, and that is what I would like to achieve.




Ai Iijima studied basic metalworking, especially in jewellery making in Japan.
After graduating from Japanese school, she was keen to gain a European art & craft education (mainly metalworking). In the UK, she studied 3D Materials Practice at Camberwell College of Arts London and the University of Brighton, majoring in metalworking and wood work. Since then, she has been a blacksmith apprentice at Glynde Forge near Lewes. She returned to Japan after took apprentiship for 3 and half years.

渡英後、ロンドンのCamberwell College of Artsに入学。
Foundation Course(基礎コース)を経てBA(学士)3D Material and Critical Practice Courseへと進むが、 より技術的な事を学びたいと言う理由からUniversity of Brighton, 3D Materials Practice (WMCP) Courseへ編入し金工と木工を専攻。BA2年時の夏にGlynde Forgeで鍛冶見習いとして仕事を手伝う過程で伝統的な鍛金技法を学ぶ。
大学卒業後、Glynde Forgeに戻りTerry Tyhurstに師事。本格的に修行する傍らイギリス国内のイベントや国外の展示に作品を出展するなど活動の幅を広げている。



2017- :Opening Forge at Yachiyo-shi, Chiba Japan
2011 - 2017: NAAR (Tax Free shop at Narita International Airport), Japan
2008 - 2011: Blacksmith Apprentice at Glynde Forge, near Lewes UK
2007 - 2009: 3D Materials Practice (Wood, Metal, Ceramic & Plastic) at University of Brighton, Brighton UK
2006 - 2007: 3D Material and Critical Practice at Camberwell College of Arts, London UK
2005 - 2006: Foundation Course (Fine Art Sculpture) at Camberwell College of Arts, London UK
2001 - 2004: Fine Art Course (Wood, Metal, Ceramic, Plastic and general Art & Design) at Tokyo Gakkan Technical High School, Chiba Japan


2017- :千葉県八千代市に工房を構える
2011 - 2017: (株)NAAリテイリング(成田国際空港)
2008 - 2011: イギリス Glynde Forge 鍛冶屋テリー・タイハーストの元に弟子入り
2007 - 2009: イギリス University of Brighton 立体造形コース・金属工芸&木工芸専攻
2006 - 2007: イギリス Camberwell College of Art London 立体造形コース
2005 - 2006: イギリス Camberwell College of Art London 基礎コース・彫刻&ファインアート専攻
2001 - 2004: 東京学館総合技術高校工芸科・金属工芸専攻(現・東京学館船橋高校美術工芸科)




November: Group Exhibition, Sakura Japan
April: Group Exhibition "Brighton", Tokyo Japan

November: Artists and Makers X'mas Market, Lewes UK
August & September: Artwave, Lewes UK
May: The Assembly Room, Brigthon UK
Lewes May Fayre at Lewes Priory, Lewes UK
April: Firle FLower Show, Firle UK
March: Craftaganza Art fair, Brighton, UK

December: Handmade Brighton Christmas Fair, Brighton UK
Artist & Makers Christmas Fair, Lewes & Brighton UK
October: UK-JAPAN ADF Award [Final Selection], Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, London UK
August & September: Artwave, Lewes UK
June: The South of England Show, Ardingly UK
January: 100 Artists Exhibition, New York USA

December: Artists & Makers Christmas Fair, Lewes UK
September: Artwave, Lewes UK
July: New Designers, London UK


UK-JAPAN ADF Award, Finalist [Art Category]

Seoul National University Prize Nominate

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