The #150mm Challenge is a celebration of process, material, creativity and ingenuity in forged metal. It began when Hereford College of Arts lecturer Ambrose Burne set his students a ‘warm-up’ exercise, one that he regularly sets himself, to create something interesting out of a small rectangular piece of steel, 150mm x 20 mm square. The students had three weeks to design and make something using only the specified quantity of material
The challenge went on to catch the interest of blacksmiths around the world and Measured Making features 240 artworks from 19 countries. The artworks varied from playful figurative models to functional tools and abstract sculptures, demonstrating a diverse, creative and technical exploration of form and concept, made in response to the challenge.
The #150mm Challenge continues to connect an international community of blacksmiths, revealing a rich diversity of practice and discourse.