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Dale Deveraux Barker


My relationship with A.J Wells & Sons started in 2004. It was a new experience for us both, first to see if it was possible to make unique vitreous enamel artwork in such an industrial environment and secondly to see if it was possible to have an artist in residence at their factory in Newport on the Isle of Wight. I was immediately struck by the ‘why not?’ attitude of the staff.

There seemed to be an air of instantaneous respect blended with mutual excited curiosity; we were keen to learn from each other. This was the first enamel factory that I was made to feel at home. A.J Wells & Sons really understand the strange foibles and working patterns of an artist!

I have continued to work at the factory on and off since my first visit, to make both personal work and large commissioned projects.

I am proud of the work that A.J Wells & Sons have enabled me to produce.

Dale Devereux Barker, 2008