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Stuart Cairns works as a silversmith combining natural materials and found objects alongside precious metals to create artefacts in the tradition of  tableware  and domestic objects. He graduated with a Bachelors Degree In Silversmithing and Jewellery from the University of Ulster in 2000, returning to complete a Masters degree in 2006. He is a member of the British Designer Silversmiths and a part-time lecturer in the University of Ulster.

Cairns has exhibited widely; selected exhibitions include, Setting The Scene, the Craft Study Centre, Farnham 2013, Collect , The Saatchi Gallery 2012, Fit For Purpose, The V & A, London (2012), the Linen Diaspora, 4th Biennale Internationale du Lin de Portneuf, Quebec (2011) and Side x Side, Hämeenlinna, Finland (2009). His work has been purchased for both public and private collections including the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, University of Ulster and The Ulster Museum.

Cairns has  a photography blog  here documenting his collecting and walks.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 16, 2013 5:32 pm

    Yesterday I was at Crafts in the Bay in Cardiff and saw your amazing work. As a first year BA student I was really inspired (I’m studying ceramics and jewellery), I loved best the Six Stilettoes, I enjoy making from found objects, particularly natural materials, so they resonated with me. Thank you! Anni.

  2. Nicola Reid permalink
    November 7, 2013 9:06 pm

    Hello, I have followed your tumblr account. I hope you don’t mind! Your photographs are so beautiful,so evocative of a landscape I miss very much at times. I’m from Dundonald but live in Spain now. All the best,Nicola

    • November 7, 2013 9:12 pm

      Hi Nicola- glad you like the photos and thanks for the follow!
      all the best

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