MEET BRODIE BIRSS
Scottish glass maker & contemporary silversmith.
“For me, the process of creating helps me find stillness and balance.
There’s total focus when nothing else matters.
Whatever else happens in life, I come back to my workspace and as soon as I start making, I feel restored.”
“Designs are inspired by the places that I have been, aspects of those places that consistently catch my eye. The memory of standing on the rock feeling the cold wind and flecks of sea water on my face and the smell of the sea and seaweed.”
Brodie’s background adventuring led her to heightened appreciation of self-care. Taking a step back from instructing outdoor activities to enjoy the activities just for herself, the meditative process perfectly aligned with her love for time in her workshop.
Mental health advocate.
CREATING AS A KIND OF MEDITATION.
“By making something, you are forced to stop overthinking, keeping you in the moment. Dealing with the task in front of you means total concentration.
When asked what the act of creating means to me, the first word I thought was ‘breath.’ It’s calming but it also fires me up, makes me energised.
When I found my inspiration, I wanted to share that with others in the hope that either they would see my work and it would resonate with them and potentially bring them some comfort, or inspiration to visit the areas that I have been inspired by.”
Brodie looks to run her own workshops and retreats in the near future, where others can work with their hands in an environment that is surrounded by natural inspiration.
Contemporary British silversmith.
MY WORK IS GROUNDING.
Since completing a technical education in one of the country’s most prestigious silversmithing environments, the Bishopsland Trust, Brodie creates bespoke designs in jewellery and silverware.
These unique pieces are informed by her experiences in nature and the making process, pushing the malleable properties of metal which can be uncompromising to reflect the same features found in nature.
“I want my work to be some way for people to engage physically with the world, either by tactile interaction or through a desire to be outdoors.”
Brodie’s books open from June 2021 for bespoke commissions, however her collection pieces are available to purchase today.
2019 – 2020 Postgraduate Professional Development, Bishopsland Educational Trust
2014 – 2019 Three-Dimensional Design at Gray's School of Art Robert Gordons University
2013 – 2014 Portfolio Preparation, Cardonald College
2016- Present Evening Class Tutor at Grays School of Art
2020 Chasing & Repousse with Rod Kelly
2020 Basic Engraving with Miriam Hanid
2020 Enamelling with Sheila McDonald
2020 Raising with Ndidi Ekubia
2019 Box Making with Angela Cork
2017 Basic Silversmithing with Beverly Hutton-Moore
2017 Basic Blacksmithing with John Bellamy
2014-2019 Three-Dimensional Design at Gray's School of Art, Robert Gordons University
2020 Goldsmiths Centre Precious Metal Fund
2019 Chiltern Hills Art Society Runner Up