Sheila McDonald studied Silversmithing and Jewellery Design at The Glasgow School of Art, then at The Royal College of Art, London.
Until recently she lived and worked in Norfolk but has now relocated to Beaverhall Studios, Edinburgh.
Most of the work features vitreous enamel on silver with fine gold wires and silver foils. Pieces range from small jewellery to larger silver objects such as beakers and vases.
There is a great love of colour and drawing with clear influences of previous Scottish makers/artists such as Phoebe Traquair and Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Sheila has a wide knowledge base incorporating many different traditional enamel and jewellery skills in her work. Often she will combine engraving, etching or stone-setting as well as enamel to produce her unique pieces.
Drawing has always been fundamental in the development of designs; when working with clients, Sheila produces detailed drawings and watercolours of the designs.
Sheila has work in several major collections such as The Goldsmiths’ Collection, The Pearson Collection, and many private collections.
Recent commissions include an enamelled silver vase for the Duchess of Rothesay.
Sheila is a short course tutor at West Dean College, Chichester, Bishopsland Educational Trust and is happy to offer workshops and masterclasses.
Born, Crail, Fife ,Scotland.
Glasgow School of Art BA Hons.
Royal College of Art MA RCA.
Goldsmiths’ Fair, 2015
Elements, Edinburgh, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.
Collect 2018, 2019
Freeman of the Goldsmiths’ Company
West Dean College, Chichester.
Bishopsland Educational Trust.
Cambridge Art Makers, Cambridge.
Workshop, Beaverhall Studios, Edinburgh