Addison de Lisle earned his BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry at the Maine College of Art in 2011. After a class at the Haystack Mountain School of Craft he was tantalized by the possibilities of forging steel, and apprenticed with Wilson Forge on Little Deer Isle, Maine. In 2014 he was awarded a year-long fellowship in architectural ironwork at the Fondation de Coubertin in France. Following this program he enrolled in the graduate program for Blacksmithing and Metalsmithing at the Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and received his MFA in 2018. He has also attended numerous workshops and residencies around the country.
de Lisle was a Professor of Blacksmithing at the American College of the Building Arts from 2018-2021, where he contributed to major renovations to the blacksmithing facilities and curriculum, and developed courses for ferrous and non-ferrous metalworking and design. From 2021-2023 he was Programs Director at Pocosin Art School of Fine Craft in Columbia, North Carolina, where he oversaw major renovations to the studios and the revival of summer workshops and community classes for youths and adults after a two-year pause during the COVID-19 pandemic.
He has led workshops at notable craft centers including Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Appalachian Center for Craft, John C. Campbell Folk School, and the Center for Metal Arts. Noteworthy commissions include the Unitarian Church in Charleston, the Sette of Odd Volumes Society, Warren Lasch Conservation Center, and the Juliette Low Birthplace Museum. He is currently the Editor of the Anvil's Ring, a quarterly publication of the Artist-Blacksmith Association of North America, and maintains a studio practice in Deer Isle, Maine.