Kirsty Eaglesfield
Jewelry Design, United Kingdom
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Contact details
The Precious Metals Workshop Ltd, Out of the Blue Drill Hall
32-36 Dalmeny Street
Edinburgh, EH6 8RG
Tel: +44 7790571137
Brief Summary

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 2011 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 a Silver Award at the Craft & Design Selected Awards 2010.

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.

Professional Experience

Education & Residencies

Sep 09 – Aug 10 Artist in Residence, Edinburgh College of Art, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9DF

Sep 08 – Jul 09 Silver in Motion: Program of Excellence, Schoonhoven, The Netherlands

Sep 04 – Jul 08 BA (Hons) 1st Class in Jewellery and Silversmithing, Edinburgh College of Art, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9DF

Work Experience & Teaching

 1st-5th Nov 10 Post-Graduate Professional Design Course, Goldsmiths’ Hall, Foster Lane, London, EC2V 6BN

 27th Sep 10 – Present Silver Jewellery Adult Education Programme Tutor, The City of Edinburgh Council, Adult Education Office, South Bridge Resource Centre, 6 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LT

 1st Jun – 31st Jul 10 Press Forming Research & Development Project, Edinburgh College of Art in collaboration with Hamilton & Inches of Edinburgh, under the Scottish Funding Council’s Interface Innovation Voucher Scheme

 18th-22nd Jan 10 Goldsmiths’ Getting Started, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London, EC2V 6BN

 21st Nov – 4th Jan 10 Seasonal Sales Assistant, Ocean Jewellery, 39 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2DJ

 22nd Oct 09 – Present Jewellery Assistant & Evening Class Tutor, Edinburgh Academy, 42 Henderson Row, Edinburgh, EH3 5BL

 16th-20th Jul 07 Placement with Hannah Lamb, Coburg House Studios, 15 Coburg Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6ET

 4th-7th Jul 06 Placement with Ruth Tomlinson, Cockpit Arts, Northington Street, London, WC1N 2NP

Selected Exhibitions

18th-26th Sep 10 Contemporary Silver at the V&A, The London Design Festival at the V&A, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London

27th Nov – 24th Dec 10 Winter Design Collection, Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow

15th Apr - 17th Jul 11 craft&design Selected Award Winners Exhibition, Ferrers Gallery, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire

5th-9th May 11 Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London, in association with craftscotland

12th May 11 Rising Stars of British Silver Week, Pangolin Gallery, London

21st Aug – 28th Sep 11 Davy Brown Recent Works – Featuring Silversmithing by Kirsty Eaglesfield, The Laurel Gallery, Edinburgh

4th-9th Oct 11 Goldsmiths’ Fair 2011 - Week 2, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London

28th-30th Oct 11 Homes & Interiors Scotland 2011, SECC, Glasgow

5th-10th Oct 10 Goldsmiths’ Fair 2010 - Week 2, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London

 18th-26th Sep 10 Contemporary Silver at the V&A, The London Design Festival at the V&A,
The Victoria and Albert Museum, London

 27th-29th Aug 10 Homes & Interiors Scotland 2010, SECC, Glasgow

 7th-22nd June 10 British Silver Week, Styles Silver, Hungerford

 29th May 10 Tooveys Contemporary Art Auction, Toovey's Antique and Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers, West Sussex

 21st-30th Nov 09 PAN Amsterdam, Amsterdam

 7th Nov – 9th Jan 10 Dazzle, The National Theatre, London

 28th Sep – 4th Oct 09 Goldsmiths’ Fair - Week 1, Goldsmiths' Hall, London

 3rd Aug – 5th Sep 09 Festival Mixed Exhibition, The Leith Gallery, Edinburgh

 27th Jun – 9th Aug 09 Exploration, Zilvergalerie de Watertoren, Schoonhoven, The Netherlands

 9th-17th Jan 09 Designer Crafts 2009, The Mall Galleries, London

 14th Aug – 11th Sep 08 Second Wave, Bute Space Gallery, Cardiff

 3rd-6th Jul 08 New Designers, Business Design Centre, London

 14th-24th Jun 08 Degree Show 2008, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh


1998 Silver Salt Boat with Spoon, Bute House, Edinburgh

2010 Forged Paddle Spoon, Jewellery and Silversmithing Department Collection,
Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh

2011 University of the Highlands & Islands Ceremonial Mace, Sterling Silver, 18ct Gold & Scottish Ash Wood, in collaboration with Hamilton & Inches of Edinburgh, Emma McCallum, Hazel Thorn & Sarah Stanford


June 08 Salt Bowl with Spoon for First Minister Alex Salmond, Bute House

March 08 Wedding Ring & Cuff-Link Set, Private Commission

June 10 Two Tea Caddy Spoons, Styles Silver, Hungerford

August 10 Engagement Ring, Private Commission

November 10 Lennox Author Award Trophy, East Lothian Library Services


November 11 ‘Silver Service’, Country Life, no.15/22, p94-95December 10‘Lustre for Life’, How to Spend It, Financial Times, 26th Nov, p53-54

 Dec 10 'John Bly's Antiques Guide', Jerseylife, issue 62, p58-59

Nov/Dec 10 'craft&design Selected Silver Award 2010: Jewellery & Precious Metal', craft&design Magazine, issue 212, p31

September 09 'A Glittering Future', ES Magazine Insert, Evening Standard

 23rd September 09 'Where Silversmiths Are In Their Element', Homes & Property, Evening Standard, p10

September 09 'UK Gold Designers Shine Once Again', British Satellite News

January 09 Cover Image, Benchpeg Newsletter, issue 98

Autumn/Winter 08 'First Minister Opens Evolution House', Decades Magazine, issue 9, p3

September 08 'New', The Goldsmith Magazine, p81


Society of Designer Craftsmen, Licentiate Membership

Contemporary British Silversmiths, Graduate Membership

Awards and Recognition

January 12 The Inches & Carr Award For Jewellery & Silversmithing, Visual Arts Scotland Annual Open Exhibition 2012

January 11 Cooksons Precious Metal Sponsorship Award 2011, British Silver Week 2011

May 10 Silver Award, Craft & Design Selected Awards 2010

March 10 Craft Maker Awards, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh Council & Scottish Arts Council

December 09 Cooksons Precious Metal Sponsorship Award 2010, British Silver Week 2010

April 09 Goldsmiths’ Fair Free Stand & Graduate Bursary, The Goldsmiths’ Company, London

March 08 College Silversmithing Grant, The Goldsmiths’ Company, London

January 08 2nd Prize Young Designer Silversmith Award, The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, London


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