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

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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.

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.

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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