born                  1981 Caithness, Scotland


2009 – 12          PhD (Practice-led) in Design, Edinburgh College of Art / Edinburgh University

2003 – 05          Master of Design (MDes), Edinburgh College of Art

1999 – 03          BA (Hons) First Class, Design & Applied Arts, Edinburgh College of Art


2014 – 16         Creative Scotland Artists Bursary of £15,000

2013                 Opportunities Grant, FCAC / Creative Scotland

2011                 Spirit of Stone International Jewellery Competition, Finland, 2nd Place

2010                 The Arts Foundation Award 2010 – Jewellery Finalist

2009                 Edinburgh College of Art 3 years Graduate Research Studentship

2009                 ‘Best New Work’, Goldsmiths Fair, Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, London

2009                 ‘Best Jewellery’ ACJ Jewellery award at Bovey Tracey Craft Fair

2006                 The Scottish Arts Council Start-Up Grant

2005                 The Business Gateway Start-Up Grant, Scottish Executive

2003                 The Harley Award for Best Use of Materials, New Designers London

2003                 Second Place in New Designer of the Year, New Designers London

2003                 The Helen A. Rose Bequest Award for High Achievement

2003                 Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths Craftsmanship Awards Commendation

2002                 Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths Bursary Award

2002                 Visual and Cultural Studies, eca, Excursion to Persia (Iran)

professional experience

2015                 Programme Coordinator, XPO North engagement programme, Inverness Museum & Art Gallery ‘Highlife Highland’.

2015                 Mentor, Fife Contemporary Art & Craft

2015                 Artists Panel Member for Fife Contemporary Art & Craft / Creative Scotland Grant scheme submissions

2015                 Visiting Fellow, Hong Kong Design Institute, Hong Kong

2015                 Resident Artist, ‘Gullkistan’ Laugavatn, Iceland

2015                 Contributing Artist ‘Naked Crafts’ Make /Workshop & Symposium  Burlington, Ontario, Canada

2014                 Resident Short Course Art Tutor, West Dean College, Sussex.

2013-14            Visiting Lecturer, The Glasgow School of Art – Supervisor of Final Year Jewellery Students

2013                 Mentor for the Crafts Council Collective: Hothouse Mentoring Programme

2013-14           Crafts Researcher, Highlife Highland, Inverness Museum and Art Galleries.

2009-12           Graduate Researcher, Edinburgh College of Art / Edinburgh University, 3 year studentship award for a practice-led PhD

2010                 Featured Speaker, Edinburgh College of Art Seminar on the theme of the Haptic in craft practice

2008                 Artist in Residence, The Highland Council / Province of Nova Scotia, Resident Artist based in Cape Breton, Canada.

2008                 Author, ‘Jewellery from Natural Materials’ a handbook for makers published by A&C Black ISBN 978-0-7136-8276-2.

2008                 Invited Speaker at the Jerwood Applied Arts Prize 2007 Jewellery Symposium, Crafts Council

2008                 Visiting Artist, Killearn Primary, Stirlingshire Council

2008                 Visiting Artist, Contemporary Jewellery Workshop, Lanark Grammar School, Lanark

2007                 Visiting Artist, ‘Six Cities’, Children & Adult’s Recycled Workshops, Stirling Council

2007                 Visiting Artist, Felt & Plastic Workshop, McLaren High School, Callander     

2006-7              Adult Education Tutor, City of Edinburgh Council

2006-7              Commissioned Artist, Fife Council

2006                 Visiting Artist, Contemporary Jewellery Workshop, Lanark Grammar School, Lanark

2006                 Tutor, ‘A Random Narrative’ Applied Arts Master Class, The Dick Institute, Kilmarnock

2005-06            Visiting Artist, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

2005                 Introduction to ‘New Jewellery’ for High School Students utilising NMS Contemporary Jewellery Handling Collection

2004-05            Artist in Residence, Edinburgh College of Art Jewellery & Silversmithing Department

2004                 Visiting Artist, Taigh Chearsabhagh, South Uist, Scotland

2001                 Summer School Assistant, Edinburgh College of Art

selected exhibitions

2015-16            Naked Craft Touring Exhibition, Ontario – Quebec – Halifax, Canada

2014                 Nature Table, The Shop Floor Project, Cumbria

2014                 Solo Show, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

2014                 Loot, Museum of Art & Design, New York

2014                 The Goldsmiths Fair, Goldsmiths Hall, London

2014                 Special Exhibitor at Dazzle at Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh

2014                 Hallmark, Somerset House, London

2014                 The Ring, Yorkshire Sculpture Park

2014                 Silver Schools, Gallery of Art in Legnica, Poland

2013                 MADE, London

2013                 ‘Magnificent Views – Landscapes in Jewellery’, Schmuck Museum, Pforzheim, Germany

2013                 ‘Connect’ SOFA Chicago

2013                 The Goldsmiths Fair, Goldsmiths Hall, London

2013                 ‘Process’ showcase, Gallery Mostyn, Wales

2012                 ‘Natural Artificial’, Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h, Montreal

2012                 ‘A Sense of Place – New Jewellery from Northern Lands’, The National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

2012                 Pittenweem Arts Festival, Fife, Scotland

2011                 ‘UltraMarine’ International Jewellery Exhibition, Noblessner Foundry, Tallinn, Estonia

2011                 ‘Close to Nature’, New Brewery Arts, Cotswolds, England

2011                 ‘The Spirit of Stones’ exhibition, South Karelia Museum, Lappeenranta, Finland

2010                 KCDA/Korea Craft Designer Associations Exhibition, Seoul, Korea

2010                 ‘British Jewellery’, Gallery Cebra, Düsseldorf, Germany

2010                 Silver Schools, Gallery of Art in Legnica, Poland

2010                 ‘Natural Beauty’, Electrum Gallery, London

2009                 Origin, The Crafts Council Fair, Somerset House, London

2009                 The Goldsmiths Fair, Goldsmiths Hall, London

2009                 ‘Inner Voice’ Curated by Prof Dorothy Hogg MBE, Contemporary Applied Arts, London

2009                 Jewellery Showcase, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

2009                 Collect, The Saatchi Gallery, London

2009                 The Wytch Elm Project, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

2008                 Origin, The Crafts Council Fair, Somerset House, London

2008                 The Goldsmiths Fair, Goldsmiths Hall, London

2008                 Black & Gold, Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow

2008                 Winter Walks, Showcase at the DCA, Dundee

2007                 Analach, The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

2007                 Crafts Council Showcase at the V&A, London

2007                 Highland Arts, Glasgow Art fair, Glasgow

2006                 Made, Yorkshire Sculpture Park

2006                 Sieraad, The Amsterdam Rai

2006                 Scottish Contemporary Jewellery, Beeld en Aambeeld, Amsterdam

2006                 Gifted, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

2006                 100% east, Brick Lane, London

2006                 Contemporary Scottish Jewellery, Manchester Craft Centre

2006                 Winners Showcase, The Harley Gallery, Nottinghamshire

2006                 Design Collection, The Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow

2006                 Sculpture Objects & Functional Art (SOFA), New York

2006                 Highland Arts, Glasgow Art Fair, Glasgow

2006                 Up Your Street, The Dick Institute, Kilmarnock

2005                 Multiple, Goldigger, Northern Ireland

2005                 The Front Line, Brazen Studios, Glasgow

2005                 New Designers, Islington, London

2005-06           100% Proof, Traveling Exhibition Touring USA and UK

2005                 Edinburgh Comes to Clerkenwell, Lesley Craze Gallery, London

2005                 Contemporary Art Objects, Gallery Wattsu, Tokyo, Japan

2005                 Contemporary Art Objects, Gallery Kan, Kyoto, Japan

2004                 Masters of Design, ECA, Edinburgh, Scotland

2004-06            Highland Touring Showcase, Mallaig, Inverness, Caithness, Kinguissie

2004                 New Jewellery, Harley Gallery Showcase, Nottinghamshire, England

2004                 Array, Taigh Chearsabhagh, North Uist & Barra, Scotland

2003                 Visual Arts Scotland, Royal Society of Arts, Edinburgh, Scotland

2003                 The Graduate, Metal Gallery, Mayfair, London, England

2003                 New Designers, Business Design Centre, London

2003                 Graduate Degree Show, ECA, Edinburgh, Scotland

publication of works

2013                 ECLAT ‘Masters of Contemporary Jewellery’ by Professor Carlos Pastor Promopress, Barcelona

2012                 Natural Artificial, Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h, Montreal

2011                 Spirit of Stone, Saimaa University of the Applied Sciences, Laapeenranta, Finland, p157

2011                 Ultramarine  Exhibition Catalogue, Tallin Estonia

2009                 The Wytch Elm Project,  ed. M. Coleman, Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, Scotland

2005                 New Directions in Jewellery, Black Dog Publishing, Double Page Feature

2003                 Crafts Magazine Issue 185 Nov/Dec, Double Page Feature

public collections

                        The Permanent Collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London

  The Inverness Museum and Art Gallery Permanent Collection

writing & research  

2013                 ‘Hunting for Lost Crafts’A report on craft practices associated with hunting, shooting & fishing for a Heritage Lottery funded

project by ‘Highlife Highland’, Inverness Museum and Art Galleries.

2012                 ‘The Materiality of Place – An investigation into the makers approach to material and process as a reflection of place within

Northern European contemporary jewellery practice’ PhD Thesis – Edinburgh University

2012                 ‘The Topophilia Box Project’, Association for Contemporary Jewellery (ACJ), Findings Magazine issue 54,

2011                 ‘Stacey Bentley at the Scottish Gallery’ Exhibition Review, ACJ, Findings Magazine issue 53           

2008                 ‘Natural Materials in Jewellery’ a handbook for makers published by A&C Black publishers in 2008 ISBN 978-0-7136-8276-2.