‘For my Christmas decorations I try to find traditional Christmas images and give them a contemporary feel’ says Fleur Grenier, a Pewtersmith working in West Sussex. The same can be said for the medium itself, as pewter is often seen as a very historical material and some of Fleur’s processes are the same as those used over hundreds of years. However, Fleur’s work demonstrates a delicate balance of traditional techniques and contemporary design.
Fleur was first introduced to pewter when studying at Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design at London Metropolitan University. She soon recognised the potential of the material, having been drawn to its warm and tactile quality. Fleur has noted that her passion for pewter has been encouraged through Christmas gifts, having spent years receiving hammers, files and saws! If you’re looking for more unique gift ideas this Christmas then why not take a leaf out of Fleur’s sketchbook?
We all have certain Christmas decorations that when unpacked, evoke memories of a special time, place or person. Fleur wanted to create a decoration that would create these cherished memories, so in 2010 she began designing an annual limited edition Christmas decoration. The decoration for 2012 is ‘Santa’s Sleigh‘, a traditional sleigh overflowing with presents and a Christmas tree sculpted in precious pewter.
For Fleur, ‘a British Christmas means sharing with family and friends, Christmas carols, turkey, mulled wine and the smell of a real Christmas tree.’ So this year, why not follow Fleur’s advice and choose Christmas decorations that are traditional, authentic and above all – beautiful.
Fleur Grenier is part of our Christmas Competition Twelve Makers Making