Caroline Finlay

Designer & maker of contemporary vitreous enamel and silver jewellery.  I work in silver and vitreous enamel, incorporating gold and semi precious stones.  I explore traditional jewellery making techniques to create mark making on silver and to achieve textures, pattern and form such as embossing, piercing, punching, hammering, etching, stone setting, raising and forming.  Each stage is made by hand; I prefer the fluidity this gives my work; nothing is identical or repeated, no pattern is exactly the same. I enjoy the connection this gives me with each piece.  I use traditional enamelling techniques such as Basse-taille and Champleve in a freer, more experimental way; I am not restricted by traditional results and prefer softer, matt surfaces and textures, applying enamel to convey these.  Enamel allows me to introduce colour into my work and I use a palette that echoes my inspiration.   Oxidised silver contrasts well with matt and transparent enamel finishes.

Alongside teaching for many years, I have exhibited my work in Scotland, England, Ireland and The Netherlands.  A year ago I gave up my lecturing post to concentrate solely on producing my own work.  I have been developing a new range of enamel work and looking at methods and ideas in mark making on metal and different surface finishes.  I am inspired by my natural surroundings, in particular the coastline and am interested not only in the textures,  colours and patterns it evokes but the symbiotic relationship of plants, creatures, the tide, seasons and life cycles which I hope to echo in my jewellery. I am motivated by the process from start to finish of gathering inspiration through photographs and sketches
and developing it at the bench, evolving at each stage. The techniques I use mean every piece is individual and I am happy to let a piece develop in the making process; allowing the natural characteristics of different techniques to interact, creating a more unusual form or texture. I aim to create contemporary, tactile pieces of jewellery and hope to develop this with a range of small silver and enamel vessels over the next year.

1988 – Graduated – Grays School of Art, Aberdeen with B.A.(hons) Degree
2009 – Dundee University, PG cert. Teaching Qualification in Further Education

1993 – 2013 Lecturer in Jewellery at Carnegie College, Dunfermline, Fife

Forthcoming Exhibitions
November – Dazzle Oxo, London
Selected 2014, Dovecot, Edinburgh
Devon Guild of Craftsmen
Number Four, St Abbs

Gill Wing Jewellery, London
Kath Libbert Jewellery, Salts Mill
SHJewellery, Edinburgh
Found Gallery, Dunbar
Craft Centre & Design Gallery, Leeds
Primavera Gallery, Cambridge
CultureLabel (through Craft Scotland)
Made by Hand online

Exhibitions 2014
Dazzle at Dovecot, Edinburgh Festival, August
3D2D West End Fair, Edinburgh
Dundee Contemporary Arts – Design Market
Craft Scotland Summer Show, London, June
British Craft Trade Fair 2014, April
The Byre, Cornwall2014

2013 – Gallery Q, Dundee
2013 – Angela Learoyd Gallery, Doune
2013 – Cabinet, Edinburgh Contemporary Crafts
2013 – Chromatic, ACJ, Edinburgh
2013 – Fourth International Exhibition of Enamelled
Jewellery, The Netherlands
2013 – Craft Scotland Summer Show, Edinburgh
2013 – Visual Arts Scotland
2012- Progression, Rothes Halls, Glenrothes

Applied Arts Scotland – Board Member
Association of Contemporary Jewellers
The Guild of Enamellers

Fife Craft Artist Award 2011 and 2012
Create in Fife Grant 2014