Polly was awarded her Decorative Surfaces Fellowship by The Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers in 2018, after graduating from City & Guilds of London Art School, which is where she stayed, to complete her Fellowship.

"The Fellowship offered invaluable knowledge into the history of the world's dyeing arts and crafts, and allowed me to re-contextualise them in a the contemporary setting. I look forward to seeing how much further I can take the skills I have learnt, especially when it comes to teaching myself more!"


Under Rian Kanduth and Hugi Hicyilmaz, Polly experimented with various water and oil gilding techniques, such as pastiglia, punchwork, sgraffito, verre eglomise and Japanning. Through the Japanning, she became interested in the different traditional uses of shellac, and learnt pen-work and inlay.

Alongside the Decorative Painter Lauren Minchington Polly discovered various painterly glaze techniques including ragging, dragging, stippling, marbling, stoneblocking, woodgrain and chinoiserie, her favourite's; stoneblocking, woodgrain and chinoiserie, she took forward with trompe l'oeil and wallpaper.