'Meet Your Maker', 29/30 November 2014
National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
I am excited and honoured to be a part of a very special event at the National Museum of Scotland which gives visitors the opportunity of enjoying a rare 'sneak peek' behind the scenes of contemporary jewellery making.
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The National Museum of Scotland has always been one of my favourite places. I still remember being absolutely mesmerised by the Museum and its atmosphere (including the stuffed animals!) when I was young. The building and its collections have improved and moved with the times, but it remains at the heart of cultural life in the capital for many Scots and international visitors; The NMS is the 8th most visited museum in all of the UK, and the 27th most visited museum in the whole world with over 1.7 million visitors a year - not bad for a wee country like Scotland! It‘s a great honour for me to be awarded the opportunity to collaborate with the Museum and other makers at this event, and have my work exhibited and demonstrated within that beautiful space.
The weekend is a chance to really interact with the craft of making jewellery. If you‘re familiar with my work and we haven‘t met in person yet, do come along and say hello. The ethos behind Meet Your Maker is sharing inspiration and ideas, with the opportunity to look behind the scenes of the creative process The Meet Your Maker series, which is an initative of the wonderful team at CraftScotland, gives visitors at venues across the country a look into the making process behind a wide range of other crafts, also including textiles and ceramics. I rarely get to share my sketchbooks and ideas with you; usually, you only see the finished product. Meet Your Maker gives you the chance to look into my studio (and mind!), and if you want, be a part of it!
I‘m teaching a hands on mokume gane pendant workshop on Saturday, from 10:30am-1pm. This is a great opportunity for jewellery students and aspiring makers as well as complete novices. The group size is limited to 10 people (BOOK NOW), so we’ll really get the chance to work with and learn together. The workshop goes on for two and a half hours and I’m bringing gadgets and tools you’ll get to try out as you create your own unique pendant. While I am also demonstrating techniques later in the day, and taking part in a panel discussion on Sunday, making together creates a special bond; working with the same material, using the same tools, sharing our inspiration and experience.
For the rest of the day on Saturday and Sunday, I’ll be demonstrating my techniques, sharing my inspiration, and I’ll bring my sketchbooks along too, for a rare glimpse into what my creative process looks like. There’s no need to book, just pop in and say hello - I look forward to meeting you!
On Sunday, I will be part of 'SCOTTISH JEWELLERS IN CONVERSATION', a panel discussion hosted by Stephen Bottomley, a maker and the Programme Director of Jewellery and Silversmithing at Edinburgh College of Art, alongside two highly respected and successful contemporary jewellery designers, Grainne Morton and Gilly Langton The panel will give you a chance to hear us talk about both the differences and similarities in our work. It will be great to share perspectives and I expect to be inspiring, interesting and fun! If you’ve seen the other makers’ demonstrations on Saturday, this will give you a chance to hear them talk a little bit more about what they do. And if you’re not familiar with our work yet, this will be a great opportunity to find out what we're all about! This event is FREE, but ticketed and limited to a capacity of 30, so BOOK NOW to get your tickets and come along.