Hazel Thorn

2011 QEST Scholar - Silversmithing
East Lothian

Hazel’s sculptural vessels are an exploration and celebration of experimental metalwork techniques. She combines metals and then patinates the resulting object to create bold patterns and colours in her work. Observation of natural materials such as tree bark and disintegrating man-made objects informs her work, appearing in an abstracted way in the patterns and forms she creates.

A QEST Scholarship enabled Hazel to study for an MFA degree at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA). She used this course to further explore and refine the experimental mixed-metal fusing techniques which she had started to develop during her undergraduate degree.

Until September 2015 Hazel will be an Artist in Residency at ECA, after which she set up her own workshop. In 2017 she won the Edinburgh Craft Makers Award, was a finalist in the Inches Carr Graduate Awards and won the Studio Internship Graduate Award from the Goldsmiths’ Centre. In 2019 her work was selected for the Future Heritage exhibition at Decorex.

I think that the making process of an object should be integral to its design, and the role of patination in my work is to reveal how something was made, highlighting joining seams or areas of different materials.