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...fascination with fire, and the alchemy of melting stuff.

Currently, I produce pieces of jewellery using a material combining alloys of different melting points. The colours are created by polishing and heating. I use a mixture of found and specially distorted objects as the basis for the shapes you see on the surface. I create my own exotic alloys to achieve a greater choice of colours. The material is fused into ingots and then sliced, machined and formed.

Geological processes are the nearest analogy for my work, with materials being, crushed, distorted, melted, folded, fused, eroded and oxidised. The cross sections of 3 dimensional forms generate intriguing and enigmatic shapes similar to the imagery generated by scientific/medical scanning technologies and histology. Given the the distortions and inter-penetration of materials, there is something of the liquid origins of the material in each piece.

The process of slicing or sectioning can produce serial imagery on the faces of each cut and the possibility of a developing narrative. Similarly it also produces mirror imagery between opposing faces.

..and here's the slightly less po faced version from etsy...

"At a certain point after much melting, cutting, welding, hammering and polishing, I gently heat the almost finished piece and watch the colors and patterns come to life. - .

If I do not think to myself "Wow!" at that point, then it goes back into the metling pot! "

Introduction to Teaching in Further Education, Telford College 2004
Introduction to Welded Metal Sculpture, Telford college 1979
MA Design, Glasgow School of Art 1989 - 1991
BA Hons 1st class, Product Design, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art 1981 - 1984
1st Year Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art 1979 - 1980


David Canter Memorial Fund, Metal, Devon Guild of Craftsmen. 2002
Sir Harry Barnes Scholarship, Glasgow School of Art. 1991
Travelling Scholarship, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art 1984


National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh
Artimidorus, London.
Castle Gallery, Inverness.
Godfrey & Watt, North Yorkshire.
Verandah, Oxford.


Tyne & Wear Development Corporation: brooches based on company logo.
Traverse Theatre (Edinburgh): jewellery, signage based on chameleon logo.
Expocolour (Edinburgh): sculpture based on company logo, 2.5m.
Music Mill (Edinburgh): signage & individual free-standing interior lighting products.
Pointsize (Edinburgh): tabletop sculpture for client presentation.
Amos Haniff (Edinburgh): display vitrines.
Tony Walker Interiors (Edinburgh): Sculpture.
Fopp (Aberdeen): signage based on company logo.
Lodge Restaurant (Edinburgh): sculptural lighting based on hunting trophy animal heads.
Page and Park Architects (Glasgow): luminaires.
Domestic furniture and lighting for individual private clients.
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At 9:29am on December 2, 2013, Brigitte Martin said…

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At 2:54pm on October 23, 2012, Glen Guarino said…

Please look at Enlighten Me call for our next show here at Crafthaus.  There is no fee to submit to any Crafthaus show

At 6:51pm on September 26, 2010, Glen Guarino said…
Hi Colin,very nice to meet you. Yes please submit to the call.

Glen & Marie
At 7:16am on September 15, 2010, anne havel said…
love your work and ideas. fantastic.
At 7:39am on September 14, 2010, Natalie Smith said…
Thanks, you are the first person to pick up my reference!
At 3:45pm on April 14, 2010, Montserrat Lacomba said…
Really? Two artists in the same building and both doing different and so interesting work!
Is good to share!
At 4:56pm on March 24, 2010, Montserrat Lacomba said…
Thank you! I'm preparing a post about your work!
Best wishes.
At 9:09am on March 17, 2010, Brigitte Martin said…
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At 9:56am on February 21, 2010, COLIN DUNCAN said…
Hey Alison, I think i'll need to hang up my blowtroch to achieve any sort of green credential - I would feel a bit of a fraud presenting myself to The Portal. Curiously, St mary's street shops were the first place to sell my work about '86 to '89. The work then was more 'green' - constructions of found stuff, mostly riveted/screwed/glued.

I have gone on to develop a nasty habit of melting stuff

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