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. In addition to his formal education, he has attended numerous workshops, conferences, and residencies at craft centers around the country.
de Lisle taught as a Professor of Blacksmithing at a private college from 2018-2021, where he contributed to major redesign and renovation of the blacksmithing facilities and developed courses for ferrous and non-ferrous metalworking and design. He has also taught at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Appalachian Center for Craft, and the Center for Metal Arts, and exhibits his work nationally and internationally. Currently he works as Programs Director at Pocosin Art School of Fine Craft in Columbia, North Carolina.