Sheila McDonald

'SHETLAND BIRD' VASE

2013

Hand-raised silver, etched and engraved, enamels and gold and silver foils

The vase is inspired by the seascape of Shetland, where McDonald lives and works. The asymmetrical form suggests movement and flow.

The surface of the vase is acid-etched to evoke cliffs, with enamelled seabirds wheeling in flight. Successive firings of translucent enamel in grey, white and black have been overlaid with silver or gold foil, then scratched through, to convey the changeable light and weather of Shetland.

“I like to work from my coloured source drawings and sketches, developing one idea into a whole range of possibilities.”