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MAKER TO KNOW: Jen Collins

Onwards is an online outlet filled with must-have ceramics by Glasgow-based illustrator Jen Collins. Jen’s work is a beautiful mix of pattern, narrative, ink lines and bright flashes of colour. It’s her kiln-based creations, however, that we’d like to focus on in this piece. A desire to apply her illustrative style to something more than a flat surface prompted Jen to start using hand-building techniques and brushwork to create small ceramic pieces that transformed her drawings physical objects. Carefully hand-crafted from clay and then glazed using non-toxic materials, Jen’s pottery and winsome designs featuring cute and aloof animals are a joy to behold. …

MAKER TO KNOW: Emma MacLeod

Emma MacLeod is a wonderfully creative contemporary jeweller based in Scotland. From her Dundee workshop, she draws inspiration from industrial construction and fabrication methods, producing miniature, wearable structures. Her unisex jewellery, much of it a homage to Dundee’s docked rig legs, features sharp lines and geometric shapes. Winner of the Neo Design Award, it comes as no surprise that Emma’s stylish and astutely rendered pieces have been featured by British Vogue. I was keen to find out what led her to jewellery design and which influences shaped her work’s distinctive and characterful style. She says, ‘I was first introduced to jewellery…