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Anne Clare Graham graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art. She was a Senior Lecturer at Glasgow Clyde College (Cardonald), and presently works at Glasgow School of Art in Evening and Summer schools for their Open Studio programme.
Anne works as a professional jewellery maker from her own workshop in Kilbarchan, designing and making jewellery and small silversmithing pieces, predominately in precious metals.
Anne has exhibited nationally and internationally, including Goldsmiths Hall, the Scottish Gallery and Roger Billcliffe, to galleries in Europe, New York and Japan. Anne was shortlisted in 2015 for the Creative & Cultural Skills, Jewellery Skills of the Year Award.
Gemma graduated with a 1st in Textile Design from Glasgow School of Art in 2007 and after eight years working for commercial homeware companies, she started an evening class at Glasgow City College. in jewellery design Soon after, she decided to turn her passion for jewellery into a business.
Darte Jewellery was launched in 2016 and specialises in contemporary, everyday pieces with a focus on shapes an structures. Design style takes inspiration from art deco shapes with recurring themes of linear pattern and symmetry. The ethos behind the jewellery is to focus on style and quality.
All pieces are handcrafted by Gemma using traditional silversmithing techniques.
Darte strives to adorn rather than overwhelm, with everyday jewellery that is comfortable and easy to be worn from day to night.
Graduating from Edinburgh College of Art as a mature student in 2012, award winning artist jeweller, Eleanor Symms, has exhibited in the UK and internationally and has work in a number of public and private collections.
Eleanor’s work derives from a fascination with different types of materials, especially reclaimed plastics, which she finds and scavenges for use in her work. Often, her starting point will be the shape, colour or texture of something she has found; sea-worn plastics from the beach or scraps of waste sheet materials, which would otherwise be discarded.
Creating one-off pieces and small editions, she aims to make jewellery which is unique, highly wearable and sustainable.
Silversmith, Jeweller, Enameller
Taking inspiration from the landscapes and weather of Scotland, Emma Louise creates fine silver and enamel jewellery. She uses natural muted colours like those found in the Scottish landscape, trying to evoke the feeling of the landscape without reproducing it exactly. The Mountain Mist collection was inspired by the mists and low clouds hanging over the tops of the hills and mountains, obscuring the outlines and blurring the edges.
Iona is a Graduate of The Glasgow School of Art. She is a designer maker whose work explores the rich cultural heritage of fire festivals in Scotland, events which have occurred annually across the country for hundreds of years.
Iona attends these festivals and collects burn wood in order to research material, shape and texture directly from the source. Iona’s work has achieved awards and bursaries from The Goldsmiths Company, The Glasgow School of Art as well as The Glasgow Society of Women Artists.
There is a strong emphasis on repetition in her work in both the lines, shapes and textures of the remaining burn firewood. The circle is important in her work as it leads from one moment to another as well as providing a nod to the recurring calendar of events. The work often functions both as sculpture as well as adornment for the body with each piece striving to celebrate the transformation from one state to another such a wood to ash and dark to light.
Katie's work depicts nature’s beauty, and the magnificence that is all around us. Her making process starts with a walk, whether it be along the coast or overcoming obstacles in the woods, focussing particularly on her home town of North Berwick in Scotland. She collects anything she finds of interest, from fallen leaves, pine cones, or an unusual fragment of shell, as well as photographs. Using these as inspiration, Katie looks at the patterns, lines and textures she finds and translate them into metal using ‘chasing and repousse’. This technique lends itself beautifully to reimagining these forms in her silversmithing and jewellery, as it allows her to create many varied organic lines and forms, thus bringing the outdoors in.
Lorna Romanenghi creates fine hand-crafted statement pieces of jewellery that honour the grandeur, beauty and elegance of nature in a contemporary style.
Having spent her formative years in Italy, surrounded by an artistic and musical family and immersed in art and culture, Lorna moved to Scotland in 2012. Here she attended various training courses and a specialized Jewellery University course.
In 2016 she was accepted to study Jewellery and Metal design in Dundee, training in both jewellery making and design techniques and was encouraged to push the boundaries of conventional methods and strive for design innovation and making excellence, which are all aspects reflected in her work today.
Lorna graduated with a BD First Class Honours from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in June 2019.
Natalie Baker is an Australian contemporary jewellery designer living in Scotland. Working from her studio in Glasgow, she produces sculptural but eminently wearable jewellery. Her work is handmade from precious metals often combined with materials such as Murano glass, concrete and Jesmonite. Each piece is unique and demonstrates a passion for colour, form and line and explores the juxtaposition of chaos and order.
Inspiration comes from many different sources including man made structures and surfaces, each piece speaking of a keen interest in structural composition and material process. Natalie studied jewellery and object design at Randwick TAFE, Sydney.
After spending her entire career in a corporate environment, with a side order of 12 years as a hypnotherapist, Pauline discovered jewellery making and silversmithing late in life.
A chance comment by a colleague saw her attend a hobby class at Kelvin College, and the rest, as they say, is history. Having found her raison d'etre, Pauline sought further training at Glasgow School of Art and with established artists such as Ndidi Ekubia.
She is inspired by contrasting texture and finishes, with a hammered surface her preferred base to set off the other materials and gems. Architecture and extremes of the colour palette are appealing influencers in her work.
From her home workshop in Glasgow, Pauline Paterson designs and hand crafts all her enamelled pieces, working mainly with silver and copper. Pauline inquisitively searches for interesting ways to combine beading and other disciplines into her work. She loves the Art Deco and Art Nouveau periods, and this is a major influence on her work. It never fails to amaze her how the simplest shapes, when coloured, can become so attractive.
Being environmentally conscious, wherever possible, she uses recycled metal and eco-friendly packaging. For some years she studied the art of silversmithing, and vitreous enamelling, although part of her joy in life is that she is still learning.