Meet Your Maker event at Timespan

Saturday 6 June, 11am – 1pm, Timespan

Join us for a morning of practical, hands-on workshops with three exceptional makers and explore contemporary craft in the North of Scotland.

In collaboration with Craft Scotland’s Meet Your Maker campaign, we are delighted to be showcasing the work of three makers based north of the Caledonian Canal who work with very different materials: from metal to antlers, precious jewels to grass. From 11am to 1pm, visitors are invited to participate in a series of hands-on workshops and try out the techniques that shape each maker’s practice.

Silversmith Alan Baillie will teach ‘chasing’. This technique adds texture and pattern, inspired by that found in nature, to his intricate silverware and jewellery. Joanne B Kaar, a textile artist, embraces ancient techniques such as nalbinding to construct contemporary, wearable textiles. Using plants grown in her field, she will show the techniques she is currently experimenting with and invite you to have a go. Patricia Niemann will share her design process as a goldsmith and glassmaker, inviting visitors to make their own models from card in order to re-imagine jewellery on a bigger scale.

Finished pieces, raw materials and the tools of the trade will be on display, alongside a series of films featuring each maker at work. The workshops will take 30-40 minutes, will run simultaneously and will be repeated, so small groups will be able to take part in each workshop.

Read about the event on Craft Scotland’s website here.

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All workshops are free but advance booking is recommended. To book your place, or for more information, please call 01431 821327 or email Rachel Horsman at

About the makers

Joanne B Kaar_smlJoanne B Kaar lives in Dunnet, on Dunnet Head, Caithness, only 2 miles from where she grew up in the village of Brough. Her artwork takes inspiration from our heritage. As both participant and instigator of arts and heritage projects and collaborations, she has worked in Taiwan, South Korea, Iceland, USA, and has also exhibited in Japan, Germany, Australia, Sweden and Finland. Keen to learn traditional skills, research local stories, learn about conservation and care of objects, Joanne enjoys finding inventive ways to attract new audiences while adding new information to artefacts of which little is known.  Visit Joanne’s website

Alan Baillie_smlAlan Baillie graduated in silversmithing and design from Edinburgh College of Art in 1980. He worked for Edinburgh silversmiths Hamilton & Inches for four years. Since 1995 he has been running his own well-established business, and his many commissions have included two full size silver golf clubs and, most recently, the cup for the Gaelic ambassador of the year. His work ranges from Quaichs and sgian dubh to tumble cups, candlesticks and contemporary jewellery.  Visit Alan’s website

Patricia Niemann_smlTrained as goldsmith and designer, Patricia Niemann’s one–off work revolves around a contemporary view of the human body, anatomy and theatre. Materials are unusual gemstones, pearls, precious metals and studio glass; the scale is varied, betimes sculptural. Her studio-showroom is based on the Portland Estate in Berriedale, Caithness, an inspirational landscape rich in drama, ancient history and steeped in Highland traditions. Recent work is based on notions of hunting trophies, local archaeology, nature and climate.  Visit Patricia’s website