Brought up in a small village in the Scottish Highlands, this is where Amy Mackay has gained a great deal of her inspiration. Amy’s work has been particularly influenced by naturally built structures, in particular nests. To her, they are works of art, conveying preciousness and built with exceptional skill. Through her work she conveys the beauty, intricacy and precious nature of these natural homes using precious and semi precious materials such as silver and gold, creating both jewellery and decorative objects.
The importance of a handcrafted approach is an essential element of her work. Amy’s involvement in the process of development through to creation means that each final piece is intrinsically linked back to her, the maker. Consequently, this organic method of design, development and making ensures a unique piece is created each time.
|The Glasgow School of Art, Artist in Resident||2009-present|
|Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design Jewellery and Metal Design BDes (Hons) 1st Class||2005 - 2009|
|International exchange San Diego State University, California. 1st Semester||Aug - Dec 2007|
|Leith School of Art Foundation Certificate||2004 – 2005|
The Arts Trust of Scotland Award
Duncan of Jordanstone Design Interdisciplinary Prize
Strathearn Gallery Prize
The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths' Precious Metal Bursary
Perth and Kinross Decorative Arts Society Award