Carol Sinclair


Carol is a ceramic artist and graduate of Grays School of Art. She has been running her own studio for the last 28 years, formerly in Edinburgh before moving to Forfar in Angus in 2017. A keen collaborator Carol has been involved in a number of artist led initiatives, most recently as part of the Smart Plastics Group. She is currently a Director of Really Interesting Objects CIC and has been a supporter of Applied Arts Scotland since its inception in 1990. Carol has been working as a creative business adviser and trainer for the last 17 years, with clients including Cultural Enterprise Office, NESTA and the British Council, with international projects in Iceland and Thailand. Carol currently represents craft on the Creative Industries Advisory Group to the Scottish Government, was a specialist adviser for the Scottish Arts Council (now Creative Scotland) and member of Creative & Cultural Skills Council employers groups, Scottish and Crafts.

Lynne Mennie

Vice Chair

Lynne is a handwoven textile designer-creator and a trained scientist, working at the intersection of art and science. She first learned to weave using a backstrap loom in south east Asia, and now works from her home studio in Aberdeen. An academic background in human genetics research inspired a wider interest in creating textile patterns based on data – a natural synergy with weaving, since the technique is a precursor to digital technologies. As well as creating work on her own for sale and exhibition, Lynne also runs co-creation projects on data-driven design with makers across Scotland, in collaboration with Glasgow School of Art and funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2017-2020).

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.

Maggie Broadley

Graduate of the Glasgow School of Art in 1997, Maggie exhibited sculptural ceramics across the UK. Elected Professional Member of Visual Arts Scotland in 1999, she served on its Selection and Hanging Committee for several years. She has successfully operated as a sole trader for 4 years, working on increasingly large-scale decorative artwork projects for the hospitality sector.

Taking a part time post in 2004 as Craft Development Officer for a community led project which had very big ambitions, fully intending to get back to making work for exhibitions, things didn’t quite work out that way! As CEO of Craft Town Scotland, she worked to position Craft and makers as the drivers of a remarkable list of achievements for the village of West Kilbride; VisitScotland 4 star Visitor Attraction 2006, Enterprising Britain winner 2006, Creative Place Award winner 2012 and Great British High Street ‘Best Village’ winner 2015.

One of the professional high points of Maggie’s last 13 years has been to secure funding and develop the Barony Centre, which launched on 1 May 2012. Since then, Craft Town Scotland has been the only destination in Scotland that has celebrated and promoted contemporary craft through a programme of exhibitions in a dedicated craft focused venue, coupled with craft studios that are open to the public on a weekly basis throughout the year.

Stefanie Cheong

Stefanie has a multi-faceted practice within the craft sector. She trained as a jeweller at Glasgow School of Art and her work uses sustainable materials, recycled metals and environmentally processes. She deliver projects, exhibitions and workshops collaboratively with arts organisations and other educational facilities. She has extensive experience in teaching, having worked as a returning visiting lecturer at Glasgow School of Art. Other posts include tutor for local authorities throughout Scotland, within Schools, museums, galleries and art organisations UK wide. Her main focus is to inspire and empower people through making, and encourage sustainability within craft. Projects she has initiated include O-PIN and Exchangeworks?. Stefanie also holds a part time post as Craft Development officer at Fife Contemporary.

Pamela Conacher

Pamela has over 35 years experience supporting the development of creative careers, enterprise and the creative economy in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and beyond. She achieves this by nurturing creative talent and businesses through general and specific support, including mentoring, training, advice, networking, project development and consultancy. Pamela provides advice to organisations and individuals to develop and support creative talent in the wider rural economy and believes in the sustainability of rural communities through a strong and professional creative economy.

Through her previous post with HI~Arts, as a founding Director of Emergents CIC and as a specialist sector advisor with HIE/XpoNorth Pamela works with a wide range of organisations including Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Creative and Cultural Skills, High Life Highland, Craft Scotland, British Crafts Council and Business Gateway. Pamela is also an advisor for RIO (Really Interesting Objects) and a Director of Glenuig Community Association and GlenuigNet CIC.

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.

Netty Sopata

Netty Sopata is a kiltmaker and designer based in Ness on The Isle of Lewis. She established her label, ‘Diggory Brown’, in 2008 and has completed work for Christopher Kane, MATCHESFASHION.COM, the BBC and leading names in the music industry. Over the past few years she has begun to work collaboratively on creative projects in Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Mexico.

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.

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