Fleur is a well-respected pewtersmith who is a strong advocate for reviving the craft in the UK. She is passionate about promoting pewter, as it is a material often undervalued and overlooked by makers due to its special characteristics.
She makes pewter homeware and sculpture and has been working with the material for 30 years, a passion that ignited when studying her Bachelors in Jewellery, Silversmithing and Metalwork at Sir John Cass and the RCA in the early 1990s.
A QEST Scholarship will see Fleur travel to the US for a course at the Penland School of Craft, followed by one-on-one training with tutor Logan Woodle in North Carolina. She’ll learn angle raising, transforming flat sheet metal into 3D forms, how to make specific tools, welding, chasing, forging and combining pewter with other materials.
Fleur hopes she can use these skills to realise her goal of making one-off, larger sculptural pieces. In the future, she hopes to pass on her newly acquired skills to other practitioners, be commissioned by the V&A metalwork collection and attain international representation.