Designers 14

Caroline Finlay

I trained at Grays School of Art, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK.

Alongside teaching I have exhibited my jewellery in the UK, Ireland, Holland and USA.

I am currently experimenting with the use of enamel and different surface finishes. These include Basse-taille and Champleve enamelling techniques and matt finishes.

Receiving the Fife Contemporary Art & Craft: Craft Artist Award 2011, 2012 & 2015 has helped me develop my work.

I am inspired by my natural surroundings and the Sea. I am interested not only in the textures, colours and marks found by the shoreline but the symbiotic relationship of plants, creatures, the tide, seasons and life cycles and want to echo this in my jewellery.

I work mainly in silver incorporating enamel and use silversmithing and traditional jewellery craft skills. I am particularly interested in mark making on metal surfaces and techniques include; embossing, piercing, punching, hammering, etching, raising and forming. 

I enjoy the process from start to finish of gathering inspiration through photographs and found objects and sketching or digitally enhancing an idea and developing it at the bench. I love the way a piece evolves at each stage and the spontaneity that experimental enamelling allows.

The techniques I use mean every piece is unique.

In 2015 I was fortunate to receive support towards offering workshops, classes, benches and mentoring from my studio from Creative Scotland Lottery Funding.

In 2016 I was selected by Craft Scotland for their Go See NYNow trade fair visit to New York.

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