Michelle J Parker, an artist blacksmith and lecturer at Warwickshire College has won the title of ‘World Women’s Blacksmithing Champion’ at the ‘European Biennial of the Blacksmiths’ in Tuscany, Italy.

The competition attracted blacksmiths worldwide who came together to exchange ideas and innovations, but most importantly, to compete for the coveted championship titles.

Michelle is the first woman in 600 years to be made a Fellow of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths and it was they who sponsored her to enter the competition.

Michelle said: “I am delighted to have won my category of the competition. The competitive pressure was intense and it was magnified by only having three hours in which to work.”

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