Patricia Niemann - Goldsmith and designer for gemstones, jewellery and studio glass Patricia Niemann - Goldsmith and designer for gemstones, jewellery and studio glass

About Patricia

Patricia is a trained and qualified goldsmith with over 30 years of trade experience, and also a designer for gemstones, jewellery and studio glass with academic Masters qualification. Her studio and showroom is open to visitors.


I was born and bred in Bavaria (that’s in Germany), but have now been living in Caithness – in the Far North of the Scottish Highlands – for almost two decades. The human body and its adornment is my focus. I work in one-offs and on varying, betimes sculptural scales.

My Jewellery

My fine jewellery is a combination of German clean contemporary shapes with Bavarian and Scottish traditional influences. Unusual gemstones and pearls are set in 18ct Gold, Silver, Platinum and Palladium.

For bigger scale jewellery, objects and performances I use as additional materials blown glass, found and locally sourced objects and textiles. I am fascinated and inspired by human fears, anatomy, anthropology, mortuary archaeology and the transitory in general. I have a passion for the vertical, for theatre and performance. The dramatic nature of Caithness is constantly on my mind. Attitude and humour feature heavily. Many pieces have been shown in public galleries and museum shows. I am constantly working across art forms, but am always passionately concerned with good craftsmanship.

Life Drawing

Life drawing – drawing in general – is an essential element in all the work I do. Having shared a studio for ten years with the potter Jenny Mackenzie Ross of the Northshore Pottery, I have now moved and am working from my new showroom studio home – the Old Post Office House in the stunning location of Berriedale. The studio and showroom are based on the windswept coast of the Portland Estate. This is an inspirational landscape rich in drama, ancient history and steeped in Highland traditions. Deer antlers, notions of hunting trophies, sustainability, climate and ancient adornment have all influenced recent work.”

Find out more about the studio here.