M E E T | B E T H W A T S O N
VI | Hello Beth, tell us a little bit about you...
BW | Originally from Ayrshire, I ventured to Aberdeen to study Three Dimensional Design at Gray's School of Art.
VI | And what brought you to jewellery making?
BW| Growing up, I enjoyed so many different creative processes and when I went to art school, I thought I was going to be a painter. I soon realised I missed working with my hands and creating tangible objects. Studying glass, ceramics and jewellery, I was able to learn so many new skills and techniques but I was drawn to jewellery and metalwork; I loved working with metal to create jewellery and objects that would be cherished.
VI | Who or what do you take your inspirations?
BW | I am really inspired by my local surroundings, architecture and landmarks and enjoy incorporating historical references and sentiments.
VI | What do you use/how do you make your work?
BW | I combine traditional making processes with elements of modern technology and wax carving skills. A lot of time and consideration is spent sketching and designing the pieces and I enjoy making models along the way to isolate and solve any potential issues. Although, sometimes it’s just as important to have a break and re-visit the designs with a fresh perspective.
VI | What do you enjoy the most about making?
BW | I find it really exciting to be constantly evolving, learning and developing different skills and techniques. This is really important to me because I can continue to offer customers new and exciting high quality products.
VI | What don’t you enjoy?
BW | How much tools and equipment cost! What are your aspirations? To further discover my aesthetic as a designer through working hard, education, making mistakes and learning from them.
VI | What’s your favourite piece you have created?
BW | For my degree show, I designed and made a sterling silver tea set and my favourite piece I have ever created was a loose leaf tea strainer. I love the undulations in the metal and it is a beautifully tactile and useful object.
VI | Who’s work do you admire?
BW | I really do admire so many jewellers; this is a tough one to narrow down. Brazen create some gob-smackingly exquisite jewellery; the work that they put into each design is just incredible. Also, jewellers such as Katie Lees and Sarah Brown are incredibly exciting.