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John Grayson

Satirical automata in vitreous enamel

Wolverhampton, West Midlands


enamel, narrative, automata


With a passion for 18th Century and Victorian industrially formed and decorated metal objects, created by defunct manufacturing processes rooted in the West Midlands: maker, researcher and academic John Grayson has been engaged in a 20 year career creating narrative based automata and objects, initially from printed tin sheet and now vitreous enamel. Through craft making, he subverts the factory made aesthetic, creating objects that satirise, document, and critique contemporary society.


A Curios Turn

14 Dec 2017
Digital and analogue enamel automaton 'The Discombobulated Brexiteer' commissioned by the Crafts Council for their 'A Curious Turn' touring exhibition is currently on show at Inverness Museum & Art Gallery until 24th February 2018.

Made in the Middle

14 Dec 2017
Work on show in Made In The Middle touring exhibition, organised by Craftspace and the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry. At Rugby Art Gallery, the final venue on the tour, 20th January - 10th March.

Available for commissions



The Brexiteer and La Brexiteuse - Digital Satirical Automata

Disciplines Automata, Metal work
Materials Metal

Bantock House Museum - Georgian Enamels: Piecing Together a New Narrative

Disciplines Metal work, Automata
Materials Metal

Unravelled Arts - Unravelling the Vyne: Gate Gate

Disciplines Automata, Metal work
Materials Metal

Bilston Craft Gallery - Craftsense: Making Connections

Disciplines Metal work
Materials Metal