Faculty » Sandy MacFarlane
Professional Jewellery Designer and Artisan
Honours B.Sc., M.B.A.
Jewellery Making, Open Univiersity, Breukelen, The Netherlands
Certificate of Jewellery Arts, Haliburton School of the Arts, Haliburton, Ontario
I initially began making jewellery in the early 1990's. Like many people, it started out as a hobby. While working in Europe, I enrolled in a general course on jewellery making at the Open University in Breukelen, The Netherlands. There, I had the good fortune of learning techniques from master goldsmith, Ed Favery. Over the course of several years, I experimented and explored many materials, tools, and techniques. I was fascinated by the craftsmanship of traditional jewellers as well as the uniqueness of contemporary European designs.
After returning to Canada in 2000, I continued to hone my skills by taking various courses and eventually enrolled in the Jewellery Arts Program at the Haliburton School of the Arts in 2005. I've been a professional studio jeweller since 2007, working from my home studio. My work can be seen at various shows throughout the province, and locally at The Art Gallery of Peterborough, the Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour and Autumn Treasures in Peterborough.
I draw inspiration for my designs from various sources. Growing up in northern Ontario, I have a deep-rooted admiration for the natural world, and I often incorporate these themes in my work. I also like to experiment with materials and techniques to produce contemporary, unique pieces. Most of my work is one-of-a-kind, and I enjoy working with people to create custom pieces that become their special treasures.
Below are some samples of Sandy's work.
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