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In the 1980s Siân attended Sir John Cass School of Art, then met Sussex coppersmith Sam Fanaroff BEM, serving a four-year apprenticeship with him. In 2004, Siân won a QEST Scholarship enabling her to complete an MA by Project (Metal) at London Met and return to the craft she so loved. Between 2009 and 2016 Siân won five Craft & Design Magazine Selected Awards and in 2010 she appeared on Channel 4’s “Kirstie’s Homemade Home”. Siân became a Churchill Fellow in 2011 allowing her to discover the ancient origins of her craft. In France she met coppersmithing descendants of 12th Century knights and saw 2000 year old metalwork in Athens. She journeyed on the Himalayas to meet Tibetans making religious statues and craftsmen in Tamil Nadu engaged in sacred Hindu metalwork. Today Siân produces bespoke copperwork and accepts private commissions. She recently began an Archaeology PhD at the University of Sheffield researching the hidden history of women metalsmiths.
As one of the few remaining decorative coppersmiths, in this country Siân was interested in connecting with similar craftspeople in other parts of the world.