About Heather McDermott
Heather McDermott is a contemporary jeweller based in Glasgow, originally from the Isle of Skye. She creates collections of jewellery inspired by the dramatic ever-changing shorelines of her island home. Specialising in stainless steel alongside precious metal she loves to create sculptural, voluminous pieces which are tactile and lightweight but also durable and incredibly wearable.
Heather’s use of repetition is seen throughout her work and it is here that her fascination with creating patterns, shape and movement is seen. Each element is handmade using a variety of techniques, ensuring each piece is unique to its wearer.
Heather uses a variety of traditional techniques within her day-to-day practice including soldering, sawing, bending wire and filing. She has also introduced industrial processes such as welding with a fine jewellery welder and the use of Computer Aided Design. Her process of designing jewellery starts from being at her bench in her workshop. Making and testing shapes by hand is very important for the development of a piece. Heather continually plays with lengths and layers in the designing process before concluding on a finished piece of jewellery.
Information on commissions
All Goldsmiths’ Fair exhibitors welcome commissions. Don’t hesitate to contact this maker and start a conversation about commissioning a piece, unique to you. Examples of commissioning include transforming or combining old jewellery into new pieces, incorporating stones into new settings, or simply working together to create a bespoke piece in the style of this maker.
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