SHEILA McDONALD

Born in Crail, Scotland. Sheila studied at the Glasgow School of Art, then at the Royal College of Art, London. She is a Freeman of the Goldsmiths' Company.Her work is sold in Craft Council Selected Galleries, such as the Scottish Gallery, Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Lesley Craze gallery, Ruthin Craft Centre, Primavera, Cambridge.Sheila is also a short course tutor at West Dean College, East Sussex.

About Sheila

Most of my work features enamel on silver, with fine gold wire and fine gold and silver leaf.Colour is very important, and has always been my main focus of interest; I love drawing and painting, especially watercolour.
I originally studied Textile Design at the Glasgow School of Art, before being drawn towards Silversmithing and Jewellery Design. In my final year at Glasgow I won a Royal Society of Art, Travel Bursary that enabled me to travel to Australia, and work and meet with jewellers there and also to travel extensively.
After Glasgow, I completed an M.A. in Jewellery Design at the Royal College of Art in London, and then set up a workshop with my husband, Rod Kelly, Silversmith. After three years in London, we decided to move to South Norfolk, where we now live and work with our family.
Today there is still a strong textile influence in my work. Enamel is the perfect material for incorporating colour in jewellery, and although technically challenging, it is a medium I enjoy.
I usually work on small series of designs, and I like the way that pieces can coordinate well; an earring can match a necklace, or brooch without it being exactly the same design, the link is the colour. Drawing is still very important in the evolution of new designs, and I find many colourful images start me off on a path towards a final series of work; these could be bright and colourful sweet wrappings, drawings from a kaleidoscope, or studies of leaves and berries.
Enamel is essentially a composition of glass, coloured with mineral oxides. It is ground to a very fine grain size in water, then applied to the piece of silver and fired in a very hot kiln until the tiny grains fuse together to form a fairly smooth, shiny surface. Enamel colour is permanent and will not fade, it is however glass and has to be treated with some care.
I am also a short course tutor, (teaching enamelling to all levels of student,) at  West Dean College, in East Sussex.

Further Images

Brooches

Brooches

Brooches, silver, hand carved, enamel with fine gold leaf

Cufflinks

Cufflinks

Cufflinks, silver, enamel, fine gold and silver leaf.

Brooch

Brooch

Brooch, Silver, enamel, fine gold wire and leaf.


Brooch

Brooch

Brooch, silver, enamel fine gold wire and leaf

Selection of Brooches

Selection of Brooches

Brooches, silver, enamel, fine gold wire and leaf.

Two Necklaces

Two Necklaces

Two Necklaces, Silver, enamel, fine gold. Amber,cornelian, pearl. Amethyst, malachite, stained blue agate


18ct Gold Necklace and Earrings

18ct Gold Necklace and Earrings

18ct Gold Necklace and Earrings with Lapis lazuli beads.

Bar Brooches

Bar Brooches

Selection of Bar Brooches

Four  Seed-head Brooches

Four Seed-head Brooches

IMage of Four seed-head Brooches, Silver, enamel, fine gold wire and gold leaf.


Cufflinks

Cufflinks

Cufflinks, Silver enamel fine gold

Just a selection of the contemporary jewellery available to buy on lovedazzle.com by Sheila McDonald


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