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John Grayson

Satirical metalsmith and automata maker

Wolverhampton, West Midlands


enamel, narrative, automata


With a passion for old, industrially formed and decorated metal objects, whose defunct manufacturing processes are rooted in the West Midlands, maker, researcher and academic John Grayson has been engaged in a 20 year career creating automata and narrative based objects in either printed tin sheet or vitreous enamel. His work appropriates the vernacular of the factory made aesthetic and through craft making subverts it to create objects that satirise, document and critique contemporary society.


Made in the Middle

06 Mar 2017
Work on show in Made In The Middle touring exhibition, organised by Craftspace and the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry. Currently at the Parkside Gallery, Birmingham City University until 29th April 2017.

A Curios Turn

18 Feb 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 Wolverhampton Art Gallery until 20th May 2017.

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