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Work Bridge

Work Bridge, Elba Park

The Work Bridge is situated in the 52-hectare Elba Park, located between the villages of Shiney Row, Burnmoor and Fencehouses. The handrails consist of over one hundred hand forged miners’ pickaxe heads  with decorative braces at each end of the bridge. Elba park was opened for public use October 2010 after a £25m reclamation programme […]

Photo Gate (detail)

Gates and Railings

A selection of gates and railings each uniquely designed for the project or client.

Iron Tree

Iron Tree, River Wear

The Iron Tree is part of a  massive sculpture entitled ‘Shadows in Another Light’ by Craig Knowles, Colin Wilbourn and Karl Fischer (1998), St Peter’s Riverside. It shows the metamorphosis of a shipyard crane into a tree mounted on the base of crane. It has many components: the paving on its east side providing a […]

Coffee Table

Coffee Table

The design influence for this table came from looking at water Lilly pads, drawing them and abstracting them to arrive at the finished design.

Taking Flight (detail)

Taking Flight, Sunderland Marina

Taking Flight – (1997) is made up of five steel girders that grow as they get nearer the water with a cormorant gradually emerging and taking flight. Artist Craig Knowles said: “The sculpture suggests the transition of the St. Peter’s area from its industrial past into something new”


Other Work

Mirrors, Candle holders, brackets etc.

The Diving Belle

Scarborough Belles

The Bathing Belle is now in Westborough & The Diving Belle is on Lighthouse Pier completing this Civic Society Public Art project. The steel post of the Belles represents the constraints of society on women’s freedom. In the Bathing Belle the post represents not only the bathing machine to shield her modesty but all the […]


Rose Arbours, Mowbray Park

As part of Mowbray Park Poetry Project Linda France and Craig created two rose arbour’s. An arbour is a shaded place sometimes created by the leaves and branches or a tree, but also a structure designed to support plants such as roses. Linda France’s poem ‘The ark in the park’ was written especially for Mowbray […]

Gala Days, Elba Park

Gala Days, Elba Park

Four steel banners designed by children from four schools in the Lambton area. Using their drawings to create their own miners banner.


About Craig

Craig Knowles Artist Blacksmith designs and creates hand made exciting & original contemporary metalwork. He has worked from his studio in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear for the past sixteen years and his portfolio ranges from interior furniture, gates and railings to large public sculpture. Artist Craig Knowles has been commissioned to create a number of […]



Gala Days and Work Bridge, Alba Park, Lambton, County Durham. Diving Belle and Bathing Belle, Scarborough, North Yorkshire. Wind and Fire, East Shore Village, Seaham, County Durham. Waterfall Canopy, Pudding Chare, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Rose Arbours, Mowbray Park, Sunderland. Domain Field (Welding technician & assistant.), Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead. The Three Healers, Chester-le-street hospital. The […]


Working Methods

I am an Artist Blacksmith, designer/maker with a ‘hands on’ approach. I predominantly work with steel and use many traditional and new technologies to achieve a design. I have also used other materials within my works, stainless steel, glass, plastics, wood and stone. Nearly all works and processes are carried out at my studio in […]


Contact Craig

Craig Knowles Old Simpson Street School Simpson Street Deptford Sunderland Tyne and Wear England Tel / Fax: +44 (0191) 510 3046