A b o u t

Surrounding myself in the studio with old postcards, letters, photographs, stamps and maps, dating from around 100 years ago, I create one off and limited edition pieces of jewellery 

I source ephemera that has been separated from their original family ties and could otherwise be discarded as worthless. The handwritten messages from unknown characters leads us to question who they were, and transforming them into new pieces of jewellery preserves these finds, and gives them a new life where they can be treasured again

Interesting sections from the found ephemera are extracted then combined with new handmade metalwork. The metalwork elements are influenced by markings in the found papers, and markings found in our urban environment. Contemporary cityscapes with their layers of history are an inspiration for my work  

B a c k g r o u n d 

After graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in 1997 with a BA (Hons) in Jewellery and Silversmithing, I received a Start-Up Grant in 1998 from the Scottish Arts Council and established my workshop and business in Edinburgh. Throughout the years I have won many awards and taken part in many exhibitions and fairs

I continue to design and make one-off and limited edition jewellery to sell through selected galleries and shops around the UK. More recently I have been creating unique collages utilising more of the found ephemera that I gather

Following my move to Manchester in 2012 I opened Clare Hillerby Studio / Shop at Manchester Craft + Design Centre in September 2015. Here I make all my work and it is where you can see the largest collection of my jewellery and collages. The craft centre is home to 18 studios where many talented contemporary designer / makers make and sell their work. We are open to the public Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 5.30 pm (plus Sundays in December), but if you are making a special visit it is worth contacting me in advance, just on the off chance I am having a day off!  


A w a r d s    

2010   Association for Contemporary Jewellery: Professional Development Award

2010   Edinburgh Council: Craft Maker Awards: for Solo Show at The Scottish Gallery

2009   Edinburgh Council: Craft Maker Awards: funding for COLLECT 09

2006 x 2   Scottish Arts Council: Creative Development Award

2007   UK Trade + Industry Award: funding for New York Gift Fair

2006   UK Trade + Industry Award: funding for New York Gift Fair

2006   Research trip to New York with the Crafts Council

2005   Edinburgh Council: Edinburgh Visual Arts + Crafts Award

2004   Scottish Arts Council: Professional Development Award

1998   Scottish Arts Council: Start-Up Grant

1998   Edinburgh College of Art: Artist in Residence

1997   The Independent Craft Galleries Association: Award for Excellence

1996   The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths: Goldsmiths Bursary Award