The house is a source of inspiration for the Glasgow School of Art student in Portsoy


A final year student of goldsmith and jewelry at the famous Glasgow School of Art unveiled a collection of coastline-inspired graduates around his home in Portsoy.

Scott Smith, who has the unique distinction of winning the 2D Silversmith of Year award at what is considered the Oscars of jewelry making in the 2020s and 2021s, is now showcasing his “Boorachie” collection.

Using the carving skills he learned from Boy Scouts and learning to appreciate the abundance of natural materials available in rural Aberdeenshire, his pieces reflect the practices traditionally favored by the ancient Scottish craftsmen who lived along the coast.

Award-winning young Portsoy silversmith Scott Smith.

He said: “After the first nationwide lockdown due to Covid-19, nature and the local environment became more and more important to me.

“The works in my Boorachie collection are portable objects that sit comfortably both on the dining table and in the wild Scottish landscapes that shaped their designs. “

The three parts of his Boorachie collection are vessels in cast bronze, oxidized copper, eco-silver and reclaimed wood; spoons in cast silver, cast bronze, ecological silver and reclaimed wood, as well as proposals and models for a jewelry collection inspired by the wood chip casts that inform the designs of the vessels and spoons.

Quail spoons, egg cups and bowls from the Boorachie collection by Scott Smith.
Quail spoons, egg cups and bowls from the Boorachie collection by Scott Smith.

He has worked closely with The Smiddy in Banff to develop his work and looks forward to continuing this creative partnership.

As Scott moves on from study to professional practice, he will undertake a prestigious artist-in-residence internship at the Glasgow School of Art, which will allow him to further develop his work. He also has a special trip to look forward to once travel restrictions are lifted. .

Part of her prize for winning the Champagne Gosset 2D Silversmith of the Year 2020 and 2021 at the Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Awards, aka the Jewelery Oscars, was a trip to visit Gosset in France.

He added: “Gosset said they would like to make my trip even more special because I couldn’t make the last one and they sent me a wonderful bottle of champagne in the meantime.”

Scott's award-winning design for the Gossett Celebris champagne stopper
Scott’s award-winning design for the Gossett Celebris champagne stopper

It is hoped that Scott’s 2021 design for a stopper to complement and enhance Champagne Gosset’s most exclusive wine will be taken into commercial production.

To see the Boorachie collection visit gsashowcase.net/scott-smith

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Kayleen C. Rice