Janine Partington

Following a BA at Sheffield Polytechnic in History of Art, Design and Film and an MA at Leicester University in Museum Studies in the early 1990s, Janine took up a career as a museum curator. However, whilst taking a break to have children Janine took a part-time course at Filton College, Bristol in enamelling. She is now a full-time maker with outlets including The Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, The Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds, and the Gallery on the Square, St Ives. In 2012 Janine completed her first public commission, an outdoor wall installation, for Frenchay Hospital NHS Trust.

Janine's work combines the traditional craft of enamelling with fresh, clean, contemporary design to create framed panels, standing figures, jewellery and clocks.

Enamelling is the art of fusing glass on to metal. It is durable, strong and colour-fast. Janine creates intricate hand-cut stencils which she then lays on to copper. Her stencils are inspired by trees, flowers, seed heads and the landscape. After sifting the powdered enamel over the stencil Janine fires the piece at 800°C. This process is repeated many times until the work is finished.Whilst she reuse stencils, no two pieces are identical due to the nature of the process.

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