Sheila McDonald

Designer

The Goldsmiths Company

Biography:

Most of my work features transparent enamel on silver, combining bright, rich colour and pattern with fine gold wire and fine gold or silver leaf. I use traditional enamelling techniques such as cloissoné, champlevé and plique-a-jour. The colourful range of enamelled jewellery includes earrings, cufflinks, brooches and necklaces, and is mainly sold through Craft Council Selected Galleries and during special exhibitions in various galleries and craft centres. I also work in 18ct gold, fabricating small, delicate pieces which incorporate plique-a-jour enamel. I am happy to consider commission and design work. My main influences have always been a love of drawing and watercolour painting. I originally studied Textile Design at Glasgow School of Art and there is definitely a very strong textile influence in the design and decoration of my work, which I have continued to develop in my enamelwork since leaving the Royal College of Art.

Specialist Techniques:

Enamelling - cloissoné, basse taille, champlevé, plique a jour, painting enamel.

Awards:

1980
First Prize RSA Bursary Competition
Travel Scholarship to Australia

1984
The Anstruther Award, Royal College of Art

1986
Goldsmiths' Fair Display Award, First Prize

1990
Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths

1991
Granted the Freedom of the City of London

1996
Craft Council Selected Makers Index

Education:

B.A. (1st class honours) Glasgow School of Art 1975-1980 M.A. Royal College of Art 1981-1984

Public Collections:

Goldsmiths' Hall, London Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow Norwich Castle Museum Holden Gallery, Manchester Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery


  • Sheila McDonald

    'Christmas Parcels' Christmas Decorations

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    Two Enamelled Beakers

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    White Heart Earrings

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    White Heart Drop Necklace

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    Small Round Earrings

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    Fishscale Cufflinks

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    Seed Head Brooch

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    Necklace

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    Engraved And Enamelled Rings

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    Tartan Inspired Cufflinks And Brooch

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    Bird Brooches

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