Fay McGlashan is a traditionally trained jeweller having studied an Advanced City in Guilds in Birmingham in 1980s. Now based in Fife Fay studied HNC and HND in jewellery at Carnegie collage and won the Creative Fife Award in her HND year. Fay is a B des (Hons) graduate in Jewellery and metal work design from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. She works from her own workshop in Fife.
“My latest collection is based on value. It is also a reflection of our need to collect and treasure valuable artifacts and materials. The source inspiration of this collection is entomology.
This body of work is made in porcelain and metal, both materials that have seen change in their value and reputation throughout history. I have housed some of this work in specimen cabinets, displaying the pieces in groups. This emphasises the importance of the objects and implies the precious nature of the items.
My aim is to create stunning contemporary works that are wearable pieces or objects of beauty in their own right. They may house and protect treasured items.
The most important thing to come out of my study is that jewelry, no matter what it is made of it only becomes truly valued when it has an emotional attachment given to it by the owner. Objects are only objects without an attached meaning.”
Fay’s latest work combines her traditional metal skills with a more recently acquired passion for ceramics combining the contemporary with the traditional.