Jorum Craft Award

1 Jul 2020 - 25 Jan 2024

Christopher McEvoy / Photography by the artist

Meet the Jorum Craft Award recipients

lace weaving

MakerChristopher McEvoy

2024 Recipient

Christopher McEvoy is a textile designer and maker based in Glasgow. Specialising in hand-woven textiles and objects, Christopher’s practice explores his own relationship with the city, its past, and family history.

Combining traditional Scottish techniques with unexpected materialities, his work highlights the fragility of nostalgia for an imagined past. Mixing silks, mohairs and wools with materials such as latex or old bin bags, Christopher’s pieces disrupt the beautiful with cold, synthetic, harsh elements. 

In response to the theme of ‘Childhood’ Christopher will create a series of fabric pieces that further explore the materiality of growing up in the north Glasgow council houses of the 1990s.

Photography by the artist

ceramic vase

MakerEleanor White

2023 Recipient

Through her work as a ceramicist and cultural producer, Eleanor White aims to nurture connections within ecosystems through participatory art interventions. She is interested in the unique positioning of the creative arts in communicating, and bringing forth, decolonised futures of environmental sustainability.

Eleanor produces audio installations and ceramic vessels, often utilising woodfired local clays, to explore the intersections among social, personal and environmental ecologies.

Her project based on the theme of ‘Urban Nature’ will be to harvest local clays working with urban allotments in Edinburgh and co-create a collection of harvest-supper plates.

Photography by the artist

Sequoia Barnes

MakerSequoia Barnes

2022 Recipient

Based in Edinburgh, Sequoia’s Barnes is a textile artist with a multi-disciplinary practice that includes ceramics, installation, assemblage, and performance. Her specialities are quilt-making and soft sculpture, accompanying them with assemblage and installation techniques. Sequoia’s textile work is informed by her research-led exploration of black radical art practice. She explores the creative practice of subverting white supremacy through the (semiotic) deconstruction of black diasporic representation and symbolisms transatlantically. The work is also centered around the importance of making processes, rituals, and modes of fashioning; the creation of ‘art’ as equally important as the resulting object.

Photography by the artist

Iona Turner - Seaweed harvested jewellery

MakerIona Turner

2022 Recipient

Jeweller Iona Turner was selected to receive Round 5 of the Jorum Craft Award as her collection The Seaweed Gatherer was exemplary of the theme Biomimetics, also known as Biomimicry.

Biomimetics is defined as the studying of elements from the natural world as the basis of complex problem solving within craft and design is evident in Iona’s carefully considered jewellery pieces. Crafted from Knotted-wrack Seaweed, gathering and making is done in accordance with seaweeds natural qualities, sensitive to local ecology. She gathers seaweeds frugally after stormy weather, when it has been flung ashore by natural processes, so, there is never a need to inhibit live ecology. The pieces are then dried and worked with a jeweller’s toolbox and finely detailed processes, normally reserved for economically precious metals.

Iona’s jewellery collection is both wearable and sustainable. There are no preservatives or treatments cast upon the seaweed, and were pieces are made without brass or gold they are completely biodegradable and regenerative. Iona considers the sustainability of metals too, were pieces feature brass or gold they are specifically designed for disassembly and recycling.

Iona’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including the Class of 2021 exhibition at The Scottish Gallery (Edinburgh) and the 35th Marzee International Graduate Show (Netherlands). 

Photography by Mark Messer

Scott Smith _ Jorum 2022 _ Workshop2_ Artist Own

MakerScott Smith

2022 Recipient

Scott Smith is a Glasgow-based award-winning silversmith and contemporary maker whose works explore the importance of meditative craft through the processes of carving, raising and casting. Scott uses materials such as precious metals and reclaimed wood alongside a variety of repetitive and meditative practises, traditionally favoured by ancient Scottish craftspeople, to interrogate early Pictish carvings, contemplating mark-making and the authenticity of replicas. 

Scott often produces pieces of handheld silverware that sits comfortably on both the dining table and in the wild Scottish landscapes that shaped their designs. Scott is currently a Silversmithing and Jewellery Artist in Residence at the Glasgow School of Art, from where he graduated in 2021.

Photography by the artist


MakerIsla Cruickshank

2021 Recipient

Isla Cruickshank is a jewellery designer/maker from the North-East of Scotland and is now based in Glasgow. A recent graduate of the Glasgow School of Art, Isla is fascinated by the potential of food waste as material, she uses raw eggshell from Scottish kitchens to create pieces with delicate inlay, forming intricate yet minimal designs.

Isla’s process aims to be as sustainable and environmentally conscious as possible. Her dyeing methods are devised from vegetable compost allowing for the whole process to be organic, inspired and made with food.  She consciously chooses additional materials alongside the eggshells, including brass, Jesmonite (a plaster and resin composite material), wood and cotton. 

Photography by Harry Anderson 


MakerJack Sheahan

2021 Recipient

Jack Sheahan is furniture maker based in Edinburgh and specialising in traditional woodworking techniques, inspired by Japanese philosophies of making and Scandinavian aesthetics.

His work is heavily influenced by the process of making and he strives to maintain and highlight the artefacts of hand tool work in finished pieces. Jack does this through exposed joinery, and construction methods that can only be achieved by hand tool work, which brings depth to the finished piece by intrinsically connecting an otherwise static piece of furniture to the dynamic process of its creation. 

Photography by the artist

Jorum Craft Award - Florence Dwyer

MakerFlorence Dwyer

2020 Recipient

Florence Dwyer's practice is informed by investigations into social and cultural histories most commonly related to industry, craft and labour.

Florence often uses craft, in-particularly ceramics, as a medium through which to make her thought processes visible. This process often takes the form of object making and draws on practices of the past whilst critically acknowledging social and cultural histories that are often overlooked or misrepresented. This usually explores ideas of 'women's work', collective making and global trade. The sculptural, yet often functional work she produces often end up taking the form of ceramic objects and textile pieces. Most recently these have taken the form of porcelain perfume bottles and hand tufted woollen rugs. 

Florence's way of working favours physical methods of enquiry; by visiting places, meeting people, responding to archival material and making, either collectively or as an individual. She recently undertook a three month residency in a porcelain factory in Arita, Japan as part of the Scotland/Japan exchange programme. This fuelled her interest and enthusiasm for working and problem solving with ceramics.

Photography by Matthew Barnes

Jorum Craft Award - Stephen Kavanah

MakerStephen Kavanagh

2020 Shortlisted

Stephen Kavanagh is a woodturner and maker from Fife, now living and working in Edinburgh. He graduated from Gray's School of Art in 2010 before obtain an MFA from Edinburgh College of Art in 2015. Stephen then began working at a local cabinet makers where his interest in timber as a medium truly began. He began woodturning in 2017 and has not looked back.

Stephen makes a variety of handmade turned items such as bowls, boxes, hollow forms and other bits and pieces. He uses recycled, salvaged, reclaimed and ethically sourced timber to produce his work, this method allows for a more reactionary response to the timber, allowing him to create unique pieces in a variety of styles.

Photography by the artist

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