burton art gallery and museum
gallery highlights




Kingsley Road, Bideford, Devon EX39 2QQ

Telephone: 01237 471455
Email: info@theburton.org

Admission is Free
Open Daily 10am - 4pm
Sundays 11am - 4pm


Janine Partington

Janine Partington came late to enamelling. 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, she 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.


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


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 reuses stencils, no two pieces are identical due to the nature of the process. 


Janine was elected as a member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen in 2007. She became a full member of the British Society of Enamellers in 2009. Janine is also a member of The Guild of Enamellers, Arts&Business’ Visual and a Fusion member of Design Factory.


lottery funded