Fleur 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 W. Sussex . She is a member of The Sussex Guild and a Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Pewterers.
Her designs range from one-off sculptural glass and pewter pieces, to tableware such as cheese knives, serviette rings to desk clocks and vases. Fleur also works to commission and runs short 1 day courses in pewter casting.
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. Five years ago Fleur began to learn glassblowing which she now combines with pewter and the two materials complement each other perfectly.
Her current Maris range of work has developed from a series of drawings of seaweed, in particular baldderack found on the beach near her home in W. Sussex . The pieces capture the flowing lines as it moves through the water.
She has won several awards for her designs, most recently the Craft & Design Selected Maker, Silver Award for metal.
Other awards are the Craft & Design Magazine award at Made Brighton,
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 by 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 she was invited to The Worshipful Company of Pewterers to strike her 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 involves stamping a name punch onto a pewter sheet in front of the court and the master. Fleur now feels very honored to have her mark alongside the many other pewtersmiths from the last 500 years.