Janine is a vitreous enamel artist. She found the craft of enamelling through adult education evening classes in Bristol in the early 1990s and very quickly fell in love with it. As interested in the design as the process, Janine strives to combine the traditional craft of enamelling with fresh, clean and contemporary design to create framed panels, standing figures, vessels, clocks and jewellery. She is always thinking of new ideas, new designs. Many happy hours are spent sitting on a train, in a café, in her workshop just daydreaming as she adds to her sketchbook and hums softly along to imaginary music.
Janine was elected as a member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen in 2007, (acting as a Trustee from 2014-2018). She is also a member of the Guild of Enamellers, the British Society of Enamellers and Design Nation.
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 birds, 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 re-use stencils, no two pieces are identical due to the nature of the process. Her beautifully simple images are transformed into something magical by the kiln she works with.