Welcome To Iron Excellence

Specialists in Architectural Ironwork

Creativity & Imagination in Design & Technique

Winner of the An Taisce Ellison award 2014

Bridging the gap between art and utility.

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IRON EXCELLENCE was established by John Hogan in 2005 on the outskirts of Killala, Co Mayo, with Ireland’s rugged northwest coast providing the perfect canvas for creativity. Ever since, John has been producing the highest quality, bespoke ironwork, expanding a portfolio of both functional and creative art.

The foundations for his career in this ancient craft were laid at the Irish School of Blacksmithing, where he qualified with distinction. Under the guidance of master blacksmiths in the UK and Ireland, John honed his craft delivering on a high scale and high-end projects.

With a determination to bring the highest quality ironwork to the local community and beyond, John decided to set up his own business, bringing together years of training and knowledge gathering. Building up a large client base, John has since created specially tailored functional ironwork including gates and staircases as well as his own unique masterpieces. His creative and imaginative designs bridging the gap between art and utility.

Passing on the tradition of mentorship that he was fortunate to receive in his early working life, John continues to share his skill with young apprentices eager to learn the trade. He was also invited to speak at the Irish Artists Blacksmiths Association (IABA) about his experience working in the field.

John has showcased his work at many exhibitions including the Crux Exhibition in Ireland and was one of six metal artists from around Europe to be invited to the Czech Republic for a week to create a piece of sculpture. With commissions flooding in from all over the country and overseas, John is delivering on his ambition to create timeless works of art for clients to enjoy for years to come.

Examples of work

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Conservatories

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Staircases

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Sculptures

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Restorations

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Areas of expertise

Artistic ironwork – Creativity and imagination is at the heart of every piece. From large scale public sculptures to intricate garden features, each artwork is created in consultation with the client and tailored to best suit their needs and unique style. A high quality finish ensures protection against the elements for all outdoor displays.

Architectural ironwork – Having worked with some of Ireland’s biggest construction companies, John has the necessary ‘know how’ to ensure a smooth installation. A portfolio of stunning spiral staircases, showcases John’s ability to blend style and functionality, and his expertise in the use of a variety of metals including stainless steel, wrought iron, mild steel and bronze, means there is no limit to the possibilities of the final look.

Ironwork restoration – John’s appreciation of metal in all its forms, has given rise to various restoration projects, the most extensive being the restoration of the 19th century Turner Conservatory at Rokeby Hall. His commitment to honouring the original piece, something he strives for in every restoration project, earned him the An Taisce Ellison award for Conservation and Restoration. Having restored cast iron staircases, wrought iron gates, railings and more, John is an expert in retaining the authenticity of a long loved piece.