Kirsty Eaglesfield  

Photograph by Richard Crawford















After successfully completing her 1st class honours degree at  Edinburgh College of Art in 2008, Kirsty then went on to work in  Schoonhoven, Holland on the Silver in Motion Program for a year. She worked as an Artist in Residence at Edinburgh College of Art until August 2010 and now works from her own workshop in West Lothian. Recent exhibitions include; Contemporary Silver: A Selling Exhibition, at Christie’s, London, Subversive Design at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery and Growing Talent at Goldsmiths’ Hall, London. Awards include a Craft Maker Funding Award from the City of Edinburgh Council in partnership with the Scottish Arts Council and the Inches & Carr Award for Jewellery & Silversmithing at the Visual Arts Scotland Open Exhibition 2012.

Kirsty Eaglesfield’s contemporary silverware and jewellery is inspired by the way the sea weathers and erodes objects changing their form, colour and texture. Tumbled piles of fish crates, old buoys, pieces of sea-washed glass, driftwood and the construction and shapes of boats are all central to her work as a silversmith. Used, worn objects and the way they have been patched-up and repaired, often modified for a use different to the object’s original purpose also inspire her.

She works primarily in silver and wood, often incorporating pieces of scavenged, collected flotsam. She enjoys exploring the different ways each material can be worked with, textured, formed and treated to convey a sense of the sea and likes to add a bit of colour to her work using enamel and semi-precious stones where possible. She uses techniques such as; raising, folding, riveting, hammer texturing, forging, etching and press-forming to create a range of cutlery, bowls, boxes, jewellery and many other objects.