Joff Hopper was born in the historic market town of Shrewsbury in 1971 and grew up with a fascination for ironwork and a natural practical ability.
Apprenticed to a Master Blacksmith for four years he furthered his study by completing an HND at Europe's largest blacksmithing college in Hereford. Joff's work attracted a great deal of attention and received awards for excellence while still at college. As a result he was invited to collaborate with highly respected Smiths both in the UK and around europe.
A member of the British Blacksmithing Association (BABA) he has exhibited extensively since turning professional, resulting in a string of prestigous awards.
Joffs was recently awarded the title of
The 'Wave gate', his competition winning piece of work, is on display in the Metal Pig Forge Gallery. If you're passing through Devon pop in to the gallery where you'll find this and many other examples of Joffs work.