I am a Scottish silversmith, currently specialising in small, playful vessels.
This collection came to fruition through studying the characteristics and behaviours of small and sessile sea creatures found in Scottish waters.
Through reinterpreting and merging these creatures’ forms and surface textures, I have crafted four playful and tactile vessels cast in sterling silver. I hope for the onlooker to view each piece as though they are living creatures in the process of repopulating until the surface they sit on is fully covered with a colony of vessels, alluding to themes of growth and proliferation.
Punch marks have been densely applied to the Porifera and Tunic Vessels to create a porous exterior, while the spouted vessels focus strongly on form. Natural cork stoppers fill the apertures placed throughout the bodies of each vessel, which are a necessity for the chosen casting method.
I was generously supported in making this work after being awarded a silversmithing grant from the South Square Trust.