Alison Moore's unique range of beautiful gold and silver jewellery is all painstakingly crafted and finished by hand in her workshop in Dounby, in Orkney's west mainland. Alison, who is largely self-taught, merges a passion for creating wearable and affordable pieces with a fresh, clean and simple approach to jewellery design. Gemstones feature strongly in her work, reflecting her background in geology and love of the natural world. Alison sources her gems from around the globe, sympathetically incorporating them into her striking creations. In addition to her core range of rings, necklaces, bracelets and cufflinks, Alison also works to commission and produces bespoke wedding and engagement rings.
Our philosophy is simple - to create progressive, design-led jewellery of the highest quality using traditional methods. We have a small, highly skilled and close knit team. Designers Teresa Shearer and Emma Thomson work in harmony with talented pattern maker Steven Cooper. Every piece of our jewellery is carefully finished by hand by our workshop team. Our Runic and Ring of Brodgar rings are made to measure. We also offer a jewellery commission service - engagement, wedding and commitment rings or anything else you desire. Call in and see our extensive range of silver and gold jewellery. The workshop enjoys a splendid view over Scapa Flow. Visitors are able to view work in progress from the shop.
Sanday artist Bill McArthur's seascape oil paintings depict the interaction between sea, sand and wind around his home island in Orkney, and around other Scottish islands. Bill McArthur attended Edinburgh College of Art (School of Drawing & Painting) and Edinburgh University (Fine Art Department), graduating in 1963. He then moved to London where he worked as a Junior Art Director with J. Walter Thompson Advertising before returning to Edinburgh to develop his own successful screen-printing business in the late Sixties and early Seventies. In 1977, he sold the screen-printing business, bought a fishing boat and moved with his wife and family to the island of Sanday in Orkney off the north coast of Scotland and spent twenty years working at sea around Orkney, the Hebrides (as far afield as Rockall) and in the North Sea as far east as the Norwegian Sector. During this period, the harsh daily working environment made an enduring impression. Wave action and the way in which strong winds de-naturize water,... More
The Hagi Hús Gallery was created by Orcadian artist Celia Clark (nee MacInnes) and showcases her work in the fields of digital photography and encaustic wax. Celia, a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, ran her own interior design business in the capital before returning home to Orkney in 2008. She opened Hagi Hús in 2012, converting a former dairy building on her family farm in Orkney's east mainland into a bright, spacious gallery and workspace that's now part of the Orkney Craft Trail. The gallery's name, pronounced 'Hagee Hoose', comes from a combination of the old Orkney words for pasture and house. While Celia initially focused on digital artwork, creating images with her camera and computer, she missed having hands on contact with creative materials and began to explore the possibilities offered by encaustic wax. Celia melts and paints the wax onto board, building up layers of colour and texture to create pieces that explore the power and beauty of the sea and the Orkney landscape. She now... More
Andrew Appleby's claim to be the original Harray Potter seems entirely justified, given his studio's location in Orkney's only landlocked parish. Unquestionably a wizard with clay and possessed with an infectious enthusiasm for his craft, Andrew has worked his magic in Orkney for over 30 years. He's always delighted to welcome visitors to his Fursbreck studio and shop where you'll probably fall under the spell of what is a remarkably extensive range of high quality pottery. It's all aesthetically pleasing, but practical and affordable too, with Andrew and his team creating lots of useful items, including dinner services, goblets, casserole dishes, soup bowls and salt pigs (to name just a few). They also produce a line of ceramic jewellery that's proving enormously popular throughout Orkney and much further afield. An expert in the prehistoric pottery of the islands, Andrew's groundbreaking research on Orkney's Neolithic ceramics has excited academics and seen him deliver a number of presentations to the... More
Island Design's Wendy Baikie has been working with textiles for over 25 years, designing and making a stunning range of bags and accessories in a mix of contemporary and vintage fabrics. Textile screenprinting was Wendy's initial focus, before she combined her eye for design with a lifelong interest in sewing to create her signature collection of shoulder bags, shoppers, purses and spectacle cases. Vivid colours and luxuriant fabrics are Island Design's trademark, with Wendy's constantly evolving patterns, shapes and textile choices reflecting her desire to always remain on-trend. Every item in the range is personally handmade by Wendy using only the finest quality materials. Unique, beautiful and tactile, her goods are also practical, affordable and made to last.
Heather Croy's Viking inspired silver jewellery is both beautiful and practical, reflecting her desire to create pieces that can be worn and enjoyed every day. Deerness based Heather has worked with her hands for most of her life, but turned her passion into a full-time business around a decade ago. Long fascinated by Orkney's Norse heritage, Heather uses traditional Viking silver working methods to make her attractive, functional jewellery and maintain the connection with island craftspeople of the past. All of her jewellery is made using ethically sourced and recycled eco-silver. Bracelets are Heather's speciality, but she also creates brooches, necklaces, torques, scarf rings, bookmarks and unique christening gifts. More recently, Heather has expanded her range to include glasswork and she manufacturers all of the colourful beads incorporated into her jewellery.
Freshly hand crafted from my soap kitchen in Stronsay, Orkney, my soaps are skin-loving and long-lasting. They are paraben-free, contain no harsh chemicals, are not tested on animals & contain responsibly sourced ingredients. Made with local products to create my exclusive Orkney Bere scrubby range plus island goats' milk, sea salt and seaweed soaps. My unique recipes of nourishing oils and botanicals are blended and then poured into traditional, natural wooden moulds which insulate and keep the soap batter warm. When the soap loaves are cold and hardened I cut them into bars which are then left for 6 weeks to cure before being carefully wrapped and labelled by hand.
Ortak offers limitless designs and finishes from high carat golds to the ever popular sterling silver. Some of our pieces are garnished with precious or semi-precious stones. Hot glass enamels are often used to execute our designs which are often inspired by the ever changing landscapes on our island home. Michael and his team are on hand to help with your every need, from a simple colour change, right up to a fully bespoke piece. Our "peddie" workshop nestled in the heart of Kirkwall is open all year round to the public, so pop in and see our expert staff, who will try to make your visit one of the high lights of your trip. Alternatively visit our gallery on Albert Street in the main hub of Kirkwall and view ours and several other members of OCA's products for sale, or go online to our website for Ortak Jewellery, www.ortak.co.uk .
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