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As a jeweller and silversmith I have spent time learning the traditional skills involved in working with silver and other materials. My work is process driven and as a way of merging these traditional ideas with digital technology I use 3D software to design. Similar to hammering or raising metal I start with a flat surface and in the digital environment I manipulate the individual points of the polygon mesh to form traditional bowls, vases and flatware and jewellery with unique faceted surfaces. By using rapid prototyping and computer numerically controlled (CNC) milling with press forming and casting I am able to realise these objects in physical materials. I continue to develop my design ideas and learn about new technologies which I combine to design and make my faceted silverware and jewellery.

Qualifications and Education

2008-2010 MPhil by Project ‘The Craft of Digital Tooling’, Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery, Royal College of Art
2006-2008 MA Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery, Royal College of Art
2003-2004 Bishopsland Workshop, South Oxfordshire
2000-2003 First Class BA(Hons) Goldsmithing, Silversmithing and Jewellery Design, Kent Institute of Art and Design
1999-2000 BTEC Foundation of Art and Design, Kent Institute of Art and Design

Residences

2012-2013 Design Informatics Resident Entrepreneurs Programme, Edinburgh University - ‘Digital Hammer’ project
2011-2012 Artist in Residence, Jewellery and Silversmithing department, Edinburgh College of Art

Grants and Awards

2014 Creative Scotland, Artists Bursary
2013 Shortlisted for KetelOne Modern Craft Project, Great Britain
2013 Commendation from Worshipful Company of Pewterers, Clock design
2012 Gold Award, Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths Craftsmanship and Design Awards
2012 Creative Scotland, Professional Development Award
2008 Award for silverware, The Worshipful Company of Armourers and Braziers
2008 Best in silver, Theo Fennell Award

Publications

2014 Silversmithing, A contemporary guide to Making, by Brian Hill and Andrew Putland
2014 Printing things, Gestalten
2013 Digital Crafts by Ann Marie Shillito
2013 Print Shift by Dezeen
2013 Silver Triennial International, Arnoldsche
2012 Humor in Craft by Brigitte Martin, Schiffer Publishing Ltd