Fleur is one of the UK leading pewtersmiths with over 20 years’ experience; she trained at The Royal College of Art, London where she completed her M.A on the Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery course.
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 workshops in a variety of pewter working techniques.
Her 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 is always striving to develop her work and this has lead to also devloping skills in many other materials such as slate, ceramic, wood carving, glassblowing, and more recently casting and colouring concrete. Fleur is passionate about pewter and exploring ways to work with it whether on its own or in combination with other materials.
This passion for pewter was recognised by the publisher Crowood Press and they commissioned her to write a book exploring techniques, processes and designing with pewter.
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.
Fleur is also currently working on a series of sculptural pieces called Home. Exploring the feeling of belonging no matter whom or what we are, whether it is a house, habitat, nest or ocean. It’s a place to feel safe, comfortable, connected or part of a community. She is producing these pieces using pewter combined with cast coloured concrete.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.
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 feels very honored to have her mark alongside the many other pewtersmiths from the last 500 years.