Board Members

Carol Sinclair


Carol is a ceramic artist and graduate of Grays School of Art. She has been running her own studio and gallery in Edinburgh for the last 25 years. A keen supporter of artist led initiatives she is a founder member of Design-Ed and on Patriothall Gallery‘s committee. She is currently a Director of Really Interesting Objects CIC and Poorboy Theatre Company, and an adviser with Emergents. Carol has been working as a business adviser and trainer for the last 15 years, with clients including Cultural Enterprise Office, NESTA and the British Council. Projects include Starter for 6, Flourish and most recently The Craft and Design Innovation programme in Thailand. She was a specialist adviser for the Scottish Arts Council (now Creative Scotland) and member of Creative & Cultural Skills Council employers groups, Scottish and Crafts.

Fiona Thompson

Fiona’s main focus is on one-off ceramic pieces for exhibition. She studied at Edinburgh College of Art and the University of Sunderland, and established her practice in 1995. She has exhibited widely throughout the UK, and in mainland Europe and North America. Other activities include national and international residencies, private and public commissions, collaborative projects, teaching and writing for publications. Fiona also runs Cyan Clayworks, a social enterprise and educational ceramic studio.

Caroline Finlay


Caroline graduated from Grays School of Art. She is now a full-time designer maker based in Fife with many years experience teaching jewellery in Further Education. Working predominantly with silver and vitreous enamel, Caroline explores different techniques, textures and finishes, creating tactile, contemporary jewellery pieces.

Heather Shields

Vice Chair

Heather Shields is a textile designer and weaver specialising in vibrant, contemporary fabrics, homeware and accessories. Based in the village of Kilcreggan on the west coast of Scotland, she designs her cloth using both traditional and electronic looms, hand weaving samples with carefully selected yarns in punchy colour palettes. Heather founded her textile design business in 2014 and was selected for the Craft Council’s Hothouse programme for emerging makers the following year. Graduating from Glasgow School of Art in 2010, she returned in 2012 to work part time as a weave technician. Additionally Heather has worked as a lecturer at Glasgow Clyde College and continues to undertake various freelance projects, introducing weaving and textile design to new audiences.

Hazel Hughson

Hazel has worked as a textile designer/maker, arts developer, researcher and curator after graduating in tapestry & jewellery from Edinburgh College of Art in 1974.

For thirty years she was self employed, and in a creative business partnership: managing craft retail, producing contemporary Shetland knitting mainly for international markets, freelance industrial knit programming, and design and export marketing for other companies. For fourteen years Hazel was an arts officer in contemporary and indigenous craft development for Shetland Arts where she supported the creative and professional development of makers through outward looking national and international connections, leading to joint projects or contemporary applied art exhibitions curated for Bonhoga Gallery. In 2013 she delivered the Shetland Arts International Nordic themed textile festival and textile art exhibition ‘Lighten’, with the international ‘In the Loop3.5’ Knitting conference in collaboration with Southampton University.

For a time she was a specialist advisor to the Scottish Arts Council Craft Department. Currently Hazel is an advisor to Emergents, and part of many other projects.

Claire Heminsley


Claire is a textile and multi media artist living in Fife. She is a graduate of  The Glasgow School of Art and has run her own business for over years. She is the chair of Off The Rails Arthouse in Ladybank.

Kathryn Williamson


Art school trained with over 12 years professional experience in the London jewellery industry, Kathryn moved back to her native Fife in 2000 to start her own jewellery business and to fulfil her ambition to live by the sea.  Her jewellery is created in her Pittenweem workshop overlooking the Firth of Forth. Kathryn works to commission in gold, platinum and precious stones, with over 20 years experience in this specialist area.

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