Beth has been making jewellery professionally since 2003 after graduating with a first class honours from Edinburgh College of Art. The remote environment she comes from in the far north coast of Scotland has strongly influenced both the work she produces and the materials she uses. She has always been fascinated by the hinterlands and quiet edges of places – a bleak remoteness which can be both beautiful and melancholic. Her studio has been compared to an artistic laboratory, where she surrounds herself with collected objects that inspire experimentation and have a powerful relationship with the environment she has taken them from. Rather than contriving designs beforehand, her practice is process-driven and material-led:
“I enjoy the labour of traditional hand tool methods – forming a dialogue with materials through the exploration of their innate qualities and discovering their inherent possibilities."
She works from her studio on the Fife coast in Burntisland.