Exhibition

Enamel | Substrate – Revaluing lost craftsmanship

26 Nov 2018 – 18 Jan 2019

Event times

10 - 4pm term time only

Cost of entry

FREE

Vittoria Street Gallery

Birmingham
England, United Kingdom

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We are delighted to host Enamel | Substrate, a solo exhibition by John Grayson, crafts maker, academic and researcher.

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John’s career in making spans some thirty years: his practice is rooted in a fascination for exploring the creative value of processes employed by defunct Midland metal working ‘toy’ trades and a passion for satirical story telling through object making.

Enamel | Substrate is the culmination of John’s practice-based PhD investigating the [lost] craftsmanship employed in the 18th South Staffordshire enamel trade. The trade made objects for the person and the home such animal-shaped snuff boxes, Rococo and Neo-Classical styled candlesticks and Medieval armour shaped mustard pots, from paper thin copper foil coated with enamel. John’s past craft practice identified a knowledge gap in literature with regard to the manufacture of the fundamentally important copper substructure of these objects. 

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