Designer, Jeweller and Silversmith

Beverley studied at Grays School of Art from 1991 to 1995 graduating with a BA Honours in Design & Craft. During her time at Grays, she became interested in jewellery and chose it as the subject for her dissertation. It was at this point, where amongst others, she interviewed Malcolm Appleby, a prestegious Designer/Engraver, with whom she worked through out her final two years at Grays during holidays and weekends. This was an invaluable experience and became the foundations to her career as a jeweller.

The year after Grays Beverley decided to develop her work from her degree show work; resin and metal jewellery. Beverley's designs became larger in scale and more sculptural in form, a number of vessels and large candelabra completed her collection, which was sold to a gallery in Hong Kong. Unfortunately, due to the lack of facilities and the hazards of working with resin, work with this material has not been produced since.

In 1996, Beverley returned on request, to work for Malcolm Appleby with whom she had worked previously; she remained  working in his workshop for three years. During the second year  of working here, Beverley set up her own workshop in Aberfeldy where she worked on her own designs one or two days a week.  She had always been intrigued to know the technique used for the handraising of beakers and bowls and introduced to one or two Silversmithing colleagues, Beverley picked up the basics of Silversmithing (handraising), once again gaining interest in the larger three-dimension aspect of design and creative form which can be achieved using silver as the medium.  Beverley worked on larger silversmithing pieces, such as small bowls and beakers, teaching herself throughout and developed a natural flair for Silversmithing. During her time working she was fortunate enough to be asked to work on a commission, which had been designed  by Malcolm, which was the design of the centrepiece for the First Minister's table at the New Scottish Parliament. Working to his design she made the numerous posy holders and candlestick holders, which were a part of the centrepiece design.

Later, based near Blair Atholl for a year and a half from summer 1998, Beverley, inspired by the surrounding countryside, developed her etching skills so that she could portray her drawings onto silver brooches, for instance "The Blairuachdar Brooch". Still inspired with scenery and flowers throughout the year, she spontaneously captures images onto silver, as you would a sketch to paper, as she sees it.

In January 2000, Beverley moved back to Banchory, the area where she grew up, to pursue her career as a jeweller/silversmith and now works from her workshop near Aberdeen. Motivated by her desire for knowledge in the art of Silversmithing, she has developed her skills in to other areas of the trade such as spoon-making and larger bowl raising, continuing to add to her vast array of hand-making techniques ranging from hand-made chain, items of jewellery through to stone setting. The learning curve is forever continuing.