about fleur GRENIER.
Fleur is one of a few contemporary pewtersmiths working within the UK. She trained at The Royal College of Art, London where she completed her M.A on the Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery course.
Her studio is in Angmering, W. Sussex and she is a member of Design Nation, The Sussex Guild, a Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Pewterers and a member of the Crafts Council directory of selected makers.
She designs and makes contemporary pewterware and also works with clients to make bespoke commissions. All of her designs are individual and sculptural in style. She has worked as a pewtersmith for over 20 years using traditional pewtersmithing skills to produce her designs and passes on these skills by running 1 to 1 and one day workshops in a variety of pewter working techniques.
“Fluid sculptural forms are the key words I use with my work, with the sculptural not being detrimental to the function of the piece. This drives the design of my work but also my understanding of the material. I am constantly looking at ways to work it and discover new ways to manipulate it to achieve an aspired outcome.
The desire to do this and incorporate other elements has challenged me to learn skills in new materials such as the glass and concrete, which often opens the door to a new development of ideas within my work.”
Fleur’s current range of sculptural work is her series ‘HOME’, It explores the feeling of belonging no matter whom or what we are. She is designing and making these pieces, exploring using cast coloured concrete and combining it with the pewter.
She has won several awards for her designs, the Craft & Design Selected Maker, Silver Award for metal. The Craft & Design Magazine award at Made Brighton, International Design Network Federation, New York (IDNF) and The Worshipful Company of Pewterers.
Fleur’s current Maris range of work has developed from a series of drawings, in particular bladderack found on the beach near her home in W. Sussex . The pieces that she makes capture the fluidity of it as it moves in the water.
Fleur was recently asked to design and make a Bishops Crosier for the Bishop of Stepney, London.
Others include a pewter and glass bowl that was presented to the Countess of Wessex by the Worshipful Company of Pewterers, the RFU (Rugby Football Union) Commemorative gifts.
In November 2014 she was invited to The Worshipful Company of Pewterers to strike her mark at a Touchmark Ceremony. 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 involves stamping a name punch onto a pewter sheet in front of the court and the master.
Fleur feels very honoured to have her mark alongside the many other pewtersmiths from the last 500 years
Fleur’s passion and knowledge of working in pewter was recognised by the publisher Crowood Press and in 2010 they commissioned her to write a book exploring techniques, processes and designing with pewter.