“Forging my own tools makes chasing my equivalent of drawing but in metal. Metals respond to hand drawn marks through chasing, forging and wire work.”
“I am very passionate about subverting and playing with traditions and methods to progress and rejuvenate ancient techniques and materials.”
Artist Designer Maker
BA (Hons) Silversmithing Jewellery
Glasgow School Of Art
Caitlin is a Scottish artist designer maker who graduated from The Glasgow School of Art with First Class Honours in 2018.
“My work explores material value which is underpinned by research of the rich and contradicting history of the colour blue. The Lapis Lazuli stone, for a period in history, was more expensive than gold as it was the raw material used to make ultramarine paint. This research invites exploration of heritage, hierarchies and binaries through relationships and tensions of materials. The work simultaneously references but also subverts ancient aesthetics and traditional processes, employing techniques that carry rhythms throughout a varied material palette.”
Materials and Techniques
“My processes are rhythmic and resonate with the expressiveness of drawing. My material palette is the language through which I express my research of the colour blue. I am drawn to these materials because of the way they respond to certain processes. Forging my own tools makes chasing my equivalent of drawing but in metal. Metals respond to hand drawn marks through chasing, forging and wire work; similarly wood, jet and jesmonite respond to the marks of hand carving.”
“The Lapis Lazuli stone is set or crushed into a powder referencing the origins of ultramarine pigment; jesmonite and wood can be dyed using powder pigment. The materials converse with each other through the processes that I use. I enjoy the unpredictability of these processes, referencing the nuances and inclusions of the Lapis Lazuli stone. The processes I use are not always conventional to the material. I enjoy this deception of tactility and new curiosity that can be created around a material. I am very passionate about subverting and playing with traditions and methods to progress and rejuvenate ancient techniques and materials.”
Awards, Exhibitions and News
Based between her studio in Argyll and Bute and as Artist In Residence at The Glasgow School of Art in the Silversmithing and Jewellery Department.
Awarded the Craft Scotland Graduate Award making her member of their Makers’ Directory and currently working towards a collection of work which will be on display and available to purchase at the Craft Scotland Summer Show in August in Edinburgh.
Talent Spotted by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths at New Designers who supported her graduation work through awarding a Precious Metal Bursary.
Awarded The Incorporation of Hammermen Prize for recognition of craftsmanship for her Degree Show Collection.
Employed part-time for the National Trust for Scotland and as a freelance art tutor.
Has work stocked in Gill Wing Gallery London, and Diana Porter Gallery in Bristol.
Working on collaborations with furniture restorers and upholsterers, The Glasgow Guild; exhibited at their showroom opening in November 2018.
Caitlin’s work is currently on display as part of the exhibition Flourish in Welcome Home, at the CCA, Glasgow, with fellow Artists in Residence (runs until 4 May 2019). This exhibition will be taken to Melbourne, Australia, and shown in Craft Victoria as part of Radiant Pavilion in September.
In March 2019 undertook a Residency at Cove Park as part of Fife Contemporary’s New Maker Support programme of activity. Caitlin is currently writing up a blog to share her experience and it will be ready to view in the coming weeks.