Fleur Grenier is one of the UK leading pewtersmiths with over 20 years’ experience; she trained at The Royal College of Art, London and has since established a studio in West Sussex . Fleur Grenier is a member of The Sussex Guild, The Surrey Guild , Contemporary Glass Society and a Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Pewterers.
Her designs range from one-off sculptural pieces to tableware such as cheese knives, serviette rings to desk clocks and vases. Fleur also works to commission and runs short courses in pewter casting and etching.
Fleurs designs are individual and sculptural in style, movement and fluidity are the main influences for her work each piece is designed to capture these elements. She now also goes glassblowing at the Smithbrook Glassblowing Studio in Cranleigh and is combining the pewter and glass in her pieces with great success the two materials complement each other perfectly.
Her current range of work has developed from a series of drawings of molten lava, the pewter and glass swirling and moving. Some have been created to look like the glass 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.
She has won several awards for her designs, such as 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 and in 2010 had her 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 honored to have my mark alongside the many other pewtersmiths from the last 500 years.
In 2010 she was commissioned to write a book on pewter and design, by The Crowood Press. Her book "Pewter Designs and Techniques" exemplifies why pewter is the perfect material for the modern designs of today. Available at the gallery.