Board Members

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 Hocking-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 Wasps studio in Aberdeen.

An academic background in human genetics research inspired a wider interest in creating textile patterns and objects 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.

Clare Waddle

Membership Secretary

Clare is one part of the design duo Yellow Broom and a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art. Based within the Cairngorms National Park she co-designs and makes a collection of handcrafted utilitarian lighting & product design.

Elected Professional Member of Visual Arts Scotland, she served on its Selection and Hanging Committee for several years. She has exhibited widely including twice being selected for Contemporary Scottish Craft at London Design Festival with Emergents and Craft Scotland of whom she is also a member and part of their Advisory group.

She took part in SHIFT Iceland going on to be awarded the VAS Inches Carr Trust Award and in 2020 took part in a British Council Crafting Futures residency in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Lily Garget

Lily is a sculptor and textile artist, who explores themes of place and connection through texture, form and imagery.

Currently based in Glasgow at the Glasgow School of Art, she is working towards a career as an artist and maker. Interested in sustainable making, she often works with natural materials and aims to represent elements of local landscapes in her art.

At AAS, she is keen to understand and voice the needs of students, new graduates and self-taught makers at the beginning of their journey into the crafts sector, and create a community for this group which encourages communication and learning beyond and out with institutions.

Stefanie Cheong

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 delivers 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.

Barbara Shearer

Barbara is a Scottish maker of contemporary jeweller. With a professional background in Environmental Management Barbara strives to minimise the hidden costs to the environment, by using recycled silver and recycled or ethically sourced gemstones, without compromising the sense of quality in her jewellery practice.

Garvin Sealy

Garvin has benefited from a trans-Atlantic art education from Eckerd College, Edinburgh College of Art, and Rochester Institute of Technology. At these institutions, he developed expertise in stained glass, ceramics, printmaking, bronze casting, glass blowing, metal fabrication and sculpture. His education in art and heritage conservation has come from working at Wells Cathedral, All Souls College in Oxford, the Roman Baths in York, the Burrell Collection in Glasgow, The Landmark Society of Western New York, and most recently at the V&A London.

With his British, Caribbean and Indian cultural heritage informing a wide-ranging artistic practice, many of his creations have been exhibited internationally, with some residing in the collections of Grayson Perry, Magdalene Odundo and the National Trust Scotland. He is currently a Founder and Co-director of EqualiTree Community Interest Company, which provides training and experiential opportunities in heritage crafts for women, minorities and other historically marginalized groups.

Netty Sopata

Netty Sopata


Netty 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.

Anne Marquiss

Anne is a jeweller and accessories designer. She graduated from Gray’s School of Art Aberdeen, where she tutors part time in Jewellery and Portfolio Building.

She is a freelance mentor, supporting developing creatives. She writes and delivers art & design workshops for all ages.

She works with traditional jewellery techniques to create contemporary statement pieces in silver and leather. She is developing skills in hand weaving where she explores colour and pattern to broaden her accessory range.

Anne is part of the LOOK INSIDE collective, designing contemporary souvenirs and products for Aberdeen.

Photographer Chris Henderson

Ica Headlam

Ica is a creative practitioner based in Aberdeen. He moved to Scotland in 2004 and is also a qualified social worker who works with vulnerable young adults across the city.
In late 2017 Ica started to independently produce and host Creative Me Podcast a weekly show that explores creativity and arts in the North East of Scotland, with the aim of drawing a wider focus on Aberdeen’s creative community. To date the podcast has been commissioned for the Look Again Festival, Northlands Creative, and City Moves festival dance live

He is also the founder of We Are Here Scotland a platform that aims to amplify the voices of black and people of colour artists and creatives across Scotland’s creative industries.
Ica is a strong advocate for representation across the arts and values the importance of open and honest dialogue.

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