KIRSTY EAGLESFIELD

Workshop in Edinburgh. Contemporary silversmithing inspired by the structures of boats and sea-worn textures. Kirsty works mainly in silver and wood, often incorporating pieces of collected flotsam and uses hammer texturing, folding, forging and raising techniques. Her work includes cutlery, vessels, salt and sugar bowls, boxes and a small collection of silver jewellery..

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About Kirsty

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 has now moved into her own space at The Precious Metals Workshop in Edinburgh. Recent exhibitions include; Homes & Interiors Scotland 2011 at the  SECC in Glasgow, Goldsmiths’ Fair 2012 at Goldsmiths’ Hall, London, Collect at the Saatchi Gallery, London and Contemporary Silver at the V&A, part of the London Design Festival at the Victoria & Albert Museum, 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.

Further Images

Forged jetsam cutlery

Forged jetsam cutlery

silver & reclaimed steel, 2009, 21.5 x 11 x 1 cm

Kyuushutsu (reclaimed) sake set

Kyuushutsu (reclaimed) sake set

silver & reclaimed wood, 2009, 56 x 9 x 15 cm

Sea-skiff Water Jug

Sea-skiff Water Jug

silver & elm wood, 2009, 23 x 10 x 29 cm


Adrift Salt & Pepper Set

Adrift Salt & Pepper Set

sterling silver, driftwood & lemon gold gilt, 2010, 29 x 12 x 4 cm

Weathered Lantern

Weathered Lantern

sterling silver & glass, 2010, 10 x 10 x 20 cm

Stapled Bowl

Stapled Bowl

Sterling silver & 18ct gold 26 x 26 x 7.5 cm


Shoreline Bowl

Shoreline Bowl

Sterling silver & driftwood 20 x 16 x 5 cm

Eroded Box

Eroded Box

Sterling silver & gold gilt 11.5 x 9 x 5 cm

Triangles Box

Triangles Box

Laser-cut sterling silver 5 x 5 x 6 cm


Sand Box 2

Sand Box 2

Sterling silver, 14ct gold & tourmaline 5 x 5 x 5 cm

Flotsam Caddy Scoop

Flotsam Caddy Scoop

Sterling silver & driftwood 16 x 3 x 3 cm

Flotsam Strainer Spoon

Flotsam Strainer Spoon

Sterling silver & driftwood 18 x 7 x 2 cm


Forged Wave Spoon

Forged Wave Spoon

Sterling silver & gold gilt 28 x 4 x 2.5 cm Image © The Goldsmiths’ Company. Photography by Richard Valencia

Weathered Beaker

Weathered Beaker

Sterling silver 7 x 7 x 9.5 cm

Weathered Salt Bowl

Weathered Salt Bowl

Sterling silver, black slate & gold gilt 11 x 11 x 3.5 cm


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