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Michael Craine

Managing Director

Michael is fortunate to love the smell of artists’ paint and printmaking ink. Michael remembers working during the holidays for his father beginning at age seven, but didn’t take the business seriously until he was 25! After attending Watford College and specialising in ink & paint chemistry, Michael worked initially in the paper industry before he took his father up on an offer to temporarily ‘fill in’ a role at Cranfield. This ‘temporary’ assignment has lasted nearly a lifetime!
In his time, he has moved Cranfield from a UK ink maker onto the International market in both printmaking inks and fine artists’ paints.
Michael previously served as a non-executive director of the Environment Agency’s Arena Network and remains an active member of the manufacturer’s association: The European Artists’ Colour Group (CEPE).
Michael plays the organ for a village church where he has been described as sounding like someone playing whilst wearing oven-gloves.


Rachel Volpé

commercial director

After studying accountancy at Exeter University, Rachel joined Cranfield in 1996 and was appointed as a Director some four year later. Rachel comes from a family who are all passionate followers of the game of Rugby. This is a costly commitment as her devotion to the game means Rachel will follow the Welsh team around Europe. Rachel can often be heard discussing the finer points of a referee’s decision with male colleagues with such knowledge and insight as to astonish the most hardened full back or scrum half.

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Angela Brown

artists' production

Angela’s original engineering degree from Southampton University lead initially to a teaching career in the UK and East Africa. A Masters’ degree in Printmaking cemented Angela’s place and reputation as a leading colourwoman and expert in the field of ink and paint formulation and development.
As with any medium sized company, Angela’s small team carry out all manner of support functions for our customers and within the organisation. As well as overseeing our high levels of QC, Angela’s team assist by supporting our retailers, producing promotional materials and running our regulatory affairs department.

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George Craine


George retired in 2008 after 50 years in the colour industry but still makes regular visits to the factory when conversation increases and productivity declines… Cranfield’s reputation as a dependable and ethical company are due in no small part to George’s years at the helm.

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Whether you’re a fine-art printmaker, an artist, a retailer or just want to know more about our colours, we’d love to hear from you. Our open and friendly team are on hand to tackle any paint and ink challenges you may encounter.

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