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Fleur Grenier

I completed my M.A. on The Goldsmithing, Silversmithing Metalwork & Jewellery course at The Royal College of Art, London in 1996 and have since established a studio in W. Sussex .  I am a member of The Sussex Guild, The Surrey Guild and I am a Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Pewterers. 

My designs range from one-off sculptural pieces to tableware such as cheese knives, serviette rings to desk clocks and vases.  All of my designs are individual and sculptural in style. Movement and fluidity are the main influences for my work each piece is designed to capture these elements and now that I am combining the pewter with hand blown glass the two materials complement each other perfectly. My current range of work has developed from a series of drawings of molten lava. The pewter swirling and moving, while with the blown glass some have been created to look like it is flowing over the pewter and others show the flow but also intense variations of colour between the static cooled lava and the flowing lava stream.

I have won several awards for my designs, such as The Craft & Design Magazine award for my pewter and glass at the Made Brighton show, the International Design Network Federation, New York (IDNF) and The Worshipful Company of Pewterers and commissions include a pewter and glass bowl that was presented to the Countess of Wessex at the Worshipful Company of Pewterers, the RFU (Rugby Football Union) Commemorative gifts, Award for St Catherine’s School, Chain of Office Rustington Parish Council, and a Sculptural Box that was presented to the Mayor of Durmersheim to commemorate the 25th Twinning Anniversary and in 2010 I had my book Pewter Design and Techniques published by The Crowood Press.              

In November 2014  I was invited to The Worshipful Company of Pewterers to strike my mark at a touchmark ceremony, this is the first time for 10 years.  The Worshipful Company of Pewterers was established in 1478 to take control of the expanding pewter trade. On completing an apprenticeship, pewterers were required to register a ‘touchmark‘ to be stamped on their wares, which had to meet set standards of quality. Inspectors or ‘searchers’ from the Company travelled around England visiting workshops and testing items. Substandard wares, often containing too much lead, incurred fines and were liable to destruction.

The ceremony is now done purely for makers to register their marks so future generations can identify pewter pieces.  The ceremony involved stamping my name punch onto a pewter sheet in front of the court and the master.  I now feel very honoured to have my mark alongside the many other pewtersmiths from the last 500 years.

craft&design Selected Silver Award Winner 2016
 
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