Dorothy Hogg, MBE, studied at Glasgow School of Art (1963-7) and the Royal College of Art, London (1967-70). Her introduction to jewellery came early in life, as both her father and grandfather ran traditional watchmaking and jewellery businesses in Troon: she talks of the pleasure of “being used as voluntary illegal child labour … re-stringing pearls and arranging window displays.” Early exhibitions at the radical Pace Gallery in London and the seminal 1973 V&A exhibition The Craftsman’s Art followed RCA studies, but she soon returned to Scotland establishing her first studio in Edinburgh in 1973, a city in which she still lives and works.
Numerous awards and exhibitions followed but gradually her gift for teaching took precedence and, in 1985, she became the Head of Jewellery and Silversmithing at Edinburgh College of Art, a post she held, with great distinction, until her retirement in 2007. Occasional major collections were made for successful exhibitions at The Scottish Gallery (1994/2004) and elsewhere, with an important retrospective held at the gallery in 2014.
Her work is characterised by bold, elegant silver forms underpinned by formidable skill in handling metal. In 2008 she was the first invited design resident at the new Sackler Gallery at the V&A Museum, London. Her work is held in many public collections including Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums; Alice and Louis Koch Ring Collection, Germany; Goldsmiths’ Company, London; Museum of Art and Design, New York; National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh; V&A Museum, London.
Any of us fortunate enough to visit ECA jewellery department during Dorothy’s tenure knew to look closely at portfolios of the students’ drawings as well as their excellent jewellery. Hogg quite simply transformed jewellery education in Scotland and one of the routes to this was her emphasis on the importance of drawing. For jewellers, like Hogg herself, working drawings are not just a matter of graphite on paper. Metal models, test pieces, multi-media collages are all forms of drawing and the exhibited collection reflects that.