Craft Scotland is delighted to welcome not one but two talented cohorts to our COMPASS: Emerging Maker Programme.
From jewellery designer/makers to textile and ceramic artists, discover the seven makers selected for the 2021 programme. Due to the pandemic, our 2020 programme has also been extended. Meet the participating makers below.
Our COMPASS: Emerging Maker Programme focuses on nurturing talent and equipping individual makers with the skills they need to create a successful, resilient creative and business practice.
The programme takes a practical approach to nurturing a creative business through the early stages of development with webinars, immersive residentials, 1:1 surgeries and mentoring.
COMPASS is supported by the William Grant Foundation and Creative Scotland.
“Participating in COMPASS has given me the confidence to build a craft practice that best serves my values and my customer base. Having the exposure to different makers, different business models, and different disciplines has widened my thoughts to how I sustainably and successfully run my own brand.“
Maker Journeys in Focus Workshop Series
11am, Tuesdays 9 and 23 March, and 6 April 2021 (3 sessions)
Hear from five Scotland-based designer/makers about their own experiences of navigating the creative business landscape with this COMPASS webinar series.
One ticket gives you access to all three online sessions.
"As a relative newcomer to Scotland, I'm excited to take part in a community of makers as well as benefit from some expert guidance on how to pursue a professional craft practice."
Meet the Makers 2021
From her Edinburgh studio, Gillian Finlay makes fine handcrafted jewellery. She creates an intricate arrangement of repeated wire elements which are fashioned into tactile and rhythmic forms.
Hazel Frost's inspiration is rooted in the exploration of the geological processes that create the clay material, and the slow movement of the earth's crust, creating balanced vessels for her ceramic homeware range.
When Jennifer Alford discovered clay, there was an immediate affinity with the material. The immediacy of the wheel, the calming, meditative process of hand-building, provided a creative language that she had been searching for.
Littlehouse Jewellery was established in 2017 by Sally Cuthbert. Designing the heirlooms of the future, Sally is fascinated by how shapes sit beside each other, how they repeat, and can create new patterns.
Sally Cuthbert on the Craft Directory
Dumfries & Galloway’s idyllic scenery is a major influence on Sarah Rodger's jewellery designs. Sarah focuses on structural organic forms created predominantly in gold and silver wires, and cast components.
Canadian textile artist/maker, Emily Smit-Dicks creates useful, meaningful, one-of-a-kind homewares using improvisational patchwork and quilting from reclaimed textiles.
Ailsa Ritchie combines traditional powder enamel alongside industrial enamel techniques to transfer her fluid drawing style directly onto the metal. Her jewellery is inspired by a childhood fascination with insects, specifically beetles.
Ailsa Ritchie on the Craft Directory
Fiona Hall of Camban Studio loves the slow made, hand crafted, explorative and creatively meaningful processes involved in textile making.
|Emma Louise Wilson
Emma Louise Wilson first creates photographs and watercolours of the huge Scottish skies, mountains and hills. These artworks then inform her making process and enamel work, creating fine silver and enamel jewellery and hand-raised copper or fine silver and enamel bowls.
Emma Louise Wilson on the Craft Directory
From her textile and ceramic studio in Tighnabruaich on the West Coast of Scotland, Eve Campbell creates surface patterns designed to bring the Scottish nature as an abstract form to people's lives.
Eve Campbell on the Craft Directory
Considering the function of a piece of furniture, how it adds to the space it fills, is as important to Honor Dalrymple as how its aesthetic affects those who surround it.
Juju Books was founded in Glasgow in 2017 by bookbinder, illustrator and all-round paper enthusiast Gillian Stewart. As well as a working bindery, Gillian's studio is also a place to share skills and knowledge.
Juju Books on the Craft Directory
Linoleum, the sustainable antibacterial material made from natural raw ingredients, has familial roots for Roslyn Leitch. With shapes influenced also by architecture and mechanics, she creates original jewellery using both precious metals and linoleum.
Roslyn Leitch on the Craft Directory
Image 1: Woolgathering / Photography by the artist
Image 2: Cara Guthrie / Photography by Sandra Franco
Image 3: Gillian Finlay / Photography by Stacey Bentley
Image 4: Hazel Frost / Photographer unknown
Image 5: Jennifer Alford / Photographer unknown
Image 6: Sally Cuthbert / Photography by the artist
Image 7: Sarah Rodgers / Photography by Dan Baillie
Image 8: Woolgathering / Photography by the artist
Image 9: Zephyr Liddell / Photography by Genevieve Reeves
Image 10: Ailsa Ritchie / Photography by Silvia Sani
Image 11: Camban Studio / Photographer unknown
Image 12: Emma Louise Wilson / Photography by the artist
Image 13: Eve Campbell / Photographer unknown
Image 14: Honors Furniture / Photography by Murray Orr
Image 15: Juju Books / Photography by the artist
Image 16: Roslyn Leitch / Photography by the artist