With a design-led approach, Karen employs a range of traditional techniques to express their ideas exploring our interconnections with the universe. Karen's products are recognised for their subtle, decorative surfaces and being made with traceable precious materials.
A graduate of The Glasgow School of Art and Bishopsland fellow, they now work from their studio in Glasgow. In 2022 Karen completed their PhD research in, 'Border Crossings: A Case for Interdisciplinary Practice in Physics and Craft'. Find out more about this doctoral research via ORCiD. Karen continues to undergo training from experts and master craftsmen across the UK and seeks out new ideas through their research to translate into silver.
Commissions are welcomed and items can be personalised on request. Please contact Karen to discuss your ideas.
with Festival of SIlver
2nd - 6th May 2024
Graduate Apprentice Scholarship 2023, South House Workshop Trust
Inches Carr, Established Maker award, Craft Scotland
'Silver Migration' project funding from Creative Scotland, Lottery Funding
Public Engagement Grant for 'Subjectified: Women, Physics & Art', Institute of Physics
Contemporary Cutlery Design Competition Finalist, The Cutlers' Company
EPSRC Innovation Placement with lampworker Helen Chalmers
EPSRC Innovation Placement with Durham Precision Optics
Enterprise Challenge Funding for ‘Science Unboxed’, The University of Dundee
The Scottish Goldsmiths Trust Grant for the promotion of Fairmined Silverware at Collect
Silversmithing Junior, bronze award, Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council
EPSRC Doctoral research funding at The University of Dundee
Commended design, Young British Silversmith Competition, The Society of Caddy Spoon Collectors
The Fairtrade Gold Design Awards finallist & highly commended design
The Pearson Silver Collection Young Silversmith of the Year
The JG Graves Graduate Award finallist, The JG Graves Charitable Trust
Master Craftsmen Internship, The Goldsmiths' Company
Scottish Craft Awards finallist, The Inches Carr Trust
New Designers Silversmithing Award, The Goldsmiths’ Company
GSA Sustainability Prize, Sustainability in Action Group
Peter Wylie Davidson Memorial Prize, The Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections
Precious Metal Bursary, The Goldsmiths’ Company
Outstanding Scottish Student of the Year, Incorporation of Goldsmiths Edinburgh
Carole Harper Memorial Prize, The Glasgow School of Art
40th Anniversary Brooch Competition finallist, The Mackintosh Society
Karen strives to offer contemporary designs with high ethical standards to her clients, and continually looks for ways of improving. Here are examples of how Karen works towards a responsible practice:
Quality products, priced fairly
All items are Hallmarked at The Edinburgh Assay Office
Work with 100% recycled precious metals
Support the responsible production of Fairmined gold and silver
Offer jewellery made with Fairtrade gold to commission
Source gemstones responsibly
Provide minimal, recycled packaging where possible.
Support small businesses including trade experts in the UK
Work with honesty, transparency and respect
This website runs on 100% renewable energy
Please get in touch to find out more...
Karen strives to offer contemporary designs with high ethical standards to her clients, and continually looks for ways of improving. Please get in touch to find out more.