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Stuart Cairns: Series 02 - Episode 02

Silversmith Stuart Cairns joins us for episode two of our second series.

This second series of our podcast is funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland as part of their Artist Emergency Programme.

Stuart shares his making journey, material influences and making processes in this wonderful insight into his making practice.

Stuart incorporates found objects and natural materials with his precious metal work in order to create familiar forms that have a suggestion of functionality.



"Stuart Cairns works as a silversmith combining natural materials and found objects alongside precious metals to create artifacts in the tradition of  tableware  and domestic objects. He graduated with a Bachelors Degree In Silversmithing and Jewellery from the University of Ulster in 2000, returning to complete a Masters degree in 2006. He is a member of the British Designer Silversmiths and a part-time lecturer in the University of Ulster.

Cairns has exhibited widely; selected exhibitions include, Setting The Scene, the Craft Study Centre, Farnham 2013, Collect , The Saatchi Gallery 2012, Fit For Purpose, The V & A, London (2012), the Linen Diaspora, 4th Biennale Internationale du Lin de Portneuf, Quebec (2011) and Side x Side, Hämeenlinna, Finland (2009). His work has been purchased for both public and private collections including the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, University of Ulster and The Ulster Museum.

Cairns has a photography blog here documenting his collecting and walks"

About text kindly shared by Stuart Cairns.


For more information about silversmith Stuart Cairns, please visit his website here:


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