Artist jeweller and metalworker
Rachael Colley is an award- winning interdisciplinary artist and Senior lecturer in Jewellery and Metalwork at Sheffield Hallam University in the United Kingdom. Her current research and art practice focuses on jewellery, food waste and cutlery; exploring the ways in which we consume food. Rachael exhibits her work internationally and key examples from her Sha-green series are held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Arts and Crafts Itami, Japan and Le Arti Orafe, Florence, Italy.
Sean runs the ceramics facility at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, supporting students and researchers from any discipline to make things in clay. He gained degrees at Edinburgh College of Art, went on to a residency of at Banff School or Arts and Crafts and a Masters by Research in Design. Since 1991 Sean has made and sold pottery as Sean Kingsley Ceramics and Butter Wynd Pottery, reflecting a change in approach from designer/maker/ ceramicist to craft potter. The difference reflects deepening interests in localism and sustainability.
Maker and Social Practice Artist
Nicola is a visual artist and academic with an interest in the reach and uses of social practice and participatory arts. She first studied craft through combining paper-making and hand sewing processes. In her Masters she explored the multiple connotations of an ordinary white shirt. She works with social practice through residencies and colaborations with architects, engineers and most recently an ergonomist. Recently Nicola has been undertaking research on creative practitioner wellbeing within participatory arts. She leads modules in the MA Art and Social Practice programme at University of the Highlands and Islands.