Talking Practice and Vittoria Street Gallery are delighted to host Enamel | Substrate, a solo exhibition by John Grayson, crafts maker, academic and researcher.
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 the literature with regard to the manufacture of the fundamentally important copper substructure of these objects.
The exhibition encapsulates the research method, the journey of enquiry and its findings. It presents:
The exhibition will be of interest to historians, museum and heritage professionals, and contemporary crafts makers alike.
Following the artist’s talk at 6pm, you are invited to join us for the Private View and celebration in Vitt Street Gallery between 6.30-8pm.