Ford Hallam holds a unique position in the world of fine art metalwork. He is the only non-native artist to have been adopted into Japan’s ancient decorative metalworking tradition. Having dedicated himself to the mastery of its techniques and materials he is widely acknowledged as the leading Western authority on the technical aspects of this work.
From his earliest encounters with Japanese art he has felt a strong resonance with his own aesthetic sensibilities. This has provided him with a framework within which to develop his personal language of “metal as art”.
He now divides his creative efforts between contemporary expressions in classical Japanese formats and a freer exploration of the more abstract possibilities inherent in this medium.