designs gallery, south west scotland ~
designs gallery, south west scotland ~  
        Sarah Hutchison, jewellery and silverware ~  


My work encompasses both silversmithing and jewellery. I am passionate about saw piercing metal- the work that I have tackled has derived from this passion. I am inspired by the world around me in general, but have a particular interest in the natural world.
  I work mainly in precious metals which I have explored and experimented with. I love the combination of large areas of silver with details of gold. I also like to explore innovative ways of incorporating stones and pearls with the metal structures both in the silversmithing and jewellery.

I work with titanium too, which is such a hard metal, I like to break down its surface and make it appear fluid, soft and free flowing. With my Silversmithing I have been exploring a new and innovative way of working. That is I carefully pierce cut out shapes in the sheet metal and then raise the piece.

As I raise, the pierced out sections alter and change shape. With some of the silversmithing pieces I have punch textured the whole surface before saw piercing then forming the sheet. The resulting pieces resemble flowing fabric. The jewellery pieces, and my work as a whole explore movement and texture and I like the feeling of immediacy and spontaneity I have expressed in my work.

Education and Development:
Current: Artist in residence, Edinburgh College of Art
June 2005: Post Graduate diploma Silversmithing and Jewellery, Edinburgh College of Art.
January 2005: 'Getting Started' - an introduction to Business for Silversmiths and Jewellers.
June 2004: First Class BA (Hons) Design and Applied Arts Silversmithing & Jewellery, Edinburgh College of Art.

designs gallery, 179 king street, castle douglas, s.w.scotland ~ open 9.30 / 5.00 ~ closed sundays