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Curriculum Vitae



Since 2004 working as full-time goldsmith and designer for jewellery and glass from a studio and showroom in Latheron, Caithness (Highland Scotland). Since 1st May 2014 new studio in Berriedale.
Outreach lecturer at North Lands Creative Glass and tourist guide for artists. Glass blowing, life drawing and textile work.
- Member, Lyth Arts Executive Committee
- Advisor (Arts), Timespan Museum & Arts Centre


1998 - 2000 Postgraduate studies at Edinburgh College of Art, Glass under Ray Flavell, Graduation as Master of Design (ECA)
1993 - 1998 Student at the Fachhochschule Idar-Oberstein, Gemstone and Jewellery Design under Prof. Udo Ackermann and Prof. Herman Spaan (Germany), Graduation as Diplom-Designer (FH)
1987 - 1990 Apprenticeship and qualification as Goldsmith with S. Taepper, Deggendorf, and at Professional School for Goldsmiths, Munich, Bavaria (Germany)

2016 Class with Carrie Fertig at North Lands Creative Glass (NLCG) - sculptural flameworking
2014 Masterclass with Petr Stanicky, NLCG - site-specific sculpture
2011 Masterclass with Michael Rogers, NLCG - kiln casting/hot glass
2010 Masterclass with Magdalene Odundo, NLCG – hot glass
2008 Masterclass with Richard Jolley, NLCG – hot glass sculpting
2007 Masterclass with Einar and Jamex de la Torre, NLCG – hot glass sculpting/mixed media
2006 Masterclass with Dick Marquis, NLCG – hot glass/fused glass
2004 Intern at Bullseye Glass Co., Portland, Oregon (USA) – glass fusing
2003 Masterclass with Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen at NLCG – introduction to hot glass sculpting
2000 Masterclass with sculptor Richard Wentworth & glassblower Neil Wilkin at NLCG - hot glass
1999 Summer class at Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, USA with Randy Walker - hot glass
1996 – 1997 Exchange studies at Edinburgh College of Art, departments Jewellery/Silversmithing and Glass

Professional experience

2010 Co-curator, North Lands Creative Glass partnership exhibition “Vitreous North” at Timespan Museum Helmsdale, director of accompanying promotional DVD
2000 - 2003 Goldsmith studio and free-lance designer in Vilshofen (Germany)
2001 Goldsmith for Timeless Gold Jewellery, Melbourne (Australia)
1997 – 1998 Assistant to jewellery technician at the Fachhochschule Idar-Oberstein, Gemstone and Jewellery Design (Germany)
1991 – 1993 Goldsmith and shop manager for K. Lenski, Tutzing, Starnberger See, Bavaria (Germany)

Teaching Experience (selection)

2015 Expressive Life Drawing, NLCG
2015 'Meet Your Maker', Craft Scotland & Timespan Museum and Arts Centre
2011 Body Adornment with Kilnformed Glass for the North Highland College at NLCG
2010 Introduction to Kilnformed Glass, Glass Week, NLCG
2009 Introduction to Lost Wax Casting, Evening Class NLCG
2009 Introduction to Kilnformed Glass, Glass Week, NLCG
2008 Introduction to Hot Glass, Glass Week NLCG
2008 Kilnformed Glass for High Schools, NLCG
2007 Introduction to Kilnforming, Glass Week NLCG
2007 Box Casting with Bullseye Glass, Glass Week NLCG
2006 Introduction to Kilnforming, Evening Class NLCG
2004 Kilnformed Glass for Primary Schools, NLCG
2000 Workshop lecturer at Fachhochschule Idar-Oberstein (Gemstone and Jewellery Design), Germany
2004-2010 Teaching assistant to Steve Klein at Pilchuck Glass School (USA, 2010) and to Masterclass leaders at NLCG: Kaffe Fassett and Steve Klein (2009), Clifford Rainey (2007), Ted Sawyer (2006, 2005, 2004), Klaus Moje (2005), Steve Klein and Tom Rowney (2004)

Awards and Honours

2013/14 Emergents Makers mentor
2011 HI-Arts Craft Development “Making Progress” mentorship
2011 Listed in the New Glass Review, Corning Museum of Glass (USA)
2010 Nomination for Saxe Award, Pilchuck Glass School (USA)
1999 Scholarship at Pilchuck Glass School
1999 Nomination for Corning Prize, Pilchuck Glass School
1998 German state scholarship by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
1995 Support prize by Kunstverein Obere Nahe (art society, D)
1991 Apprentice of the year in trade chamber of Niederbayern/Oberpfalz (D)
1991 Scholarship in further professional education awarded by the Minister of Culture and Education in Germany
1991 Official appreciation by the City of Munich, capital of Bavaria (D)


20012/13 Residency at Mackay Country
2009 Residency (AA2A) at Sunderland University, Glass and Ceramics Department
2004 Residency at NLCG
2000 Residency at NLCG
1997 Residency at Zelezny Brod Glass School (CZ)

Solo Exhibitions

2012 "Blood & Bones", Broadfield House Glass Museum
2011 “Bones & Beasts”, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, [DVD]
2010 “Where the Bones of the Earth Shine Through”, North Lands Creative Glass Gallery, Lybster
2009 “Where the Bones of the Earth Shine Through”, Timespan, Helmsdale
2003 “Frauen” (Women), Aidenbach Town Gallery, (D)
2002 “Carapax”, Jewellery Gallery Tectum, Passau (D)
2002 “Mee(h)r-Körper” (More/Sea Body), Vilshofen Town Gallery (D)
2001 “Body Attitude”, Axiom Gallery, Melbourne (AUS)
2000 “Regalia and Insignia”, Jewellery Gallery Tectum, Passau (D)
1998 “Life Drawing”, The Edinburgh Academy
1998 “Erreger” (Infectious Agents), Vilshofen Town Gallery (D)
1995 “Life Drawing and Jewellery”, Vilshofen Town Gallery (D)

Group Exhibitions - selection

2015 "Elements 1", Incorporation Of Goldsmiths and Lyon & Turnbull Fine Art Auctions, Edinburgh [cat.]
2014 "Hunting For Lost Crafts", Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, St. Fergus Gallery Wick [cat.]
2014 "COVET", Craft Central, London
2013 - ongoing "Real to Reel", Crafts Council UK touring exhibition
2012 "Beyond Tradition - Contemporary Glass In A Museum Environment", Caithness Horizons Thurso
2012 "Craft Showcases", Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
2011 "Katnes Folio", Axolotl Gallery, Edinburgh
2011 "Making Progress" HI-ArtsCraft exhibitions: Swanson Gallery, Thurso (Oct.), St.Fergus Gallery, Wick (Nov./Dec.)
2011 "Touching The Past", North Lands Creative Glass, International Conference exhibition
2011 “Beside the Seaside”, Broadfield House Glass Museum, Kingswinford
2011 “Leith Festival Exhibition”, Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh
2010 “Portage - Finger Symbols”, Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland, [cat., DVD]
2010 “Glass Jewelry”, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, GAS Conference, Louisville (USA)
2009 “Precious Cargo”, Scottish Highland touring exhibition
2008 “The Danger of the Image”, glass jewellery and body adornment, Broadfield House Glass Museum, Kingswinford
2006 “Wearing Glass II”, National Glass Centre, Sunderland, [cat.]
2006 “A Decade of North Lands Creative Glass”, National Museum of Scotland, [cat.]
2005 “Wearing Glass II”, Oxo Tower Gallery, London, [cat.]
2002 “Steine Tragen” (Wearing Stones), German Gemstone Museum Idar-Oberstein (D), [cat.]
2000 “International Glass Symposium Frauenau”, Glasmuseum Frauenau (D)
2000 “Wearing Glass – contemporary jewellery and body adornment”, Glass Art Gallery, London, [cat.]
1999 “Art of Glass Students”, Visual Arts Center Portsmouth, Virginia ( USA)
1996 “On Jewellery and Gems”, German Goldsmiths House, Hanau (D), [cat.]
1996 “Drawing”, Gallery for Jewellery and Art, Munich (D)
1994 “Jewellery and Glass”, Designcenter Linz (Austria)

Talks about body adornment and personal work (selection)

2016 'Women@Work Conference', Wick
2015 'Making in the North', Timespan Museum | Jane Bruce Student Symposium & Jane Bruce/Kirstie Rea Artist Symposium, NLCG
2014 Vanilla Ink, Dundee
2013 'GoNorth' Inverness; Opening of 'Silver of the Stars', St.Fergus Gallery Wick | talks for Mackay Country at Kinlochbervie, Bettyhill, Scourie and Borgie
2012 'There's a Goldsmith on the Loose', Broadfield House Glass Museum
2011 AGM Caithness Arts
2010 '400 Years of Scottish Glass' Conference, Edinburgh College of Art
2010 Pilchuck Glass School (USA)
2009 Timespan Museum
2009 Caithness Arts
2009 University of Sunderland
2006 'Wearing Glass II' Symposium, National Glass Centre, Sunderland
2004 Bullseye Glass Resource Centre, Portland (USA)
2001 RMIT University Melbourne and Sydney Rozelle College of The Arts (Australia)
2000 Frauenau International Glass Symposium (D)

Regular artist and educational talks at exhibition openings, studio events, for 3rd Sector, community groups and charities


Scottish Glass Society
Scottish Artist Union
Venture North Tourism Cooperative
Craft Scotland
Lyth Arts Society
2009-15 Arts Committee Timespan Museum and Arts Centre
2013-14 Board, Applied Arts Scotland
2008-11 Board, Caithness Arts
2001 Professional member, Craft Victoria and JMGA Victoria (AUS)

Commissions (apart from normal studio work - selection)

2011 Concept design: Theatre production Macbeth for Open Book PW
2007 Silversmithing work for a blown glass container with the first distillate of a new whiskey distillery, William Grant & Sons
2004 Design and making of the ‘Tartan Day Award‘
1997 Technical development and construction of the new crown for the German Gemstone Queen in 14ct gold and gemstones

Works in private collections worldwide and in the permanent collection of North Lands Creative Glass