Sandy MacFarlane

Hand carved sterling silver ring by Sandy MacFarlane featuring 5 diamonds

Constellation, 2021, 5 diamonds bezel set in hand-carved sterling silver, size 5.5

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About the artist:

My first experience with metal was as a kid watching my uncle in the blacksmith shop on the family farm. I was fascinated, and those memories stuck with me even a decade later and half a world away. While working in Europe, I had the opportunity to take an evening course in jewellery-making, what I call “metalworking on a miniature scale”. My interest was sparked, which led to several years of learning from traditional goldsmiths at the Open University in the Netherlands.

I returned to Canada, and continued to acquire skills in metal working techniques: silversmithing from Lois Etherington-Betteridge, fold-forming from Todd Jeffrey-Ellis, and completed a certificate in Jewellery Arts at Haliburton School of the Arts. Through workshops, I continue to delve into specific techniques and concepts. I am also self-taught, with my natural curiosity leading me to explore methods while developing my own techniques along the way. Experimentation and self-learning have expanded my abilities. It has made me aware of just how important self discovery is to learning and becoming proficient in new skills.

My pieces reflect the attention to detail and craftsmanship from my European training, and the creativity derived from an inquisitive mind.

My work can be seen at various juried shows and select galleries in Peterborough, Kingston, Orangeville, and the GTA. I also enjoy teaching jewellery classes, workshops, and giving private lessons, along with working on commissions for a growing clientele.

Interior view of Sandy MacFarlane's studio. Wooden book shelves with book and various work stations.

Sandy MacFarlane’s Studio

Sandy MacFarlane will be joined by Rob Niezen at their shared property.

Art Gallery of Peterborough logo, with Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour logo

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Installation view of KAST Selections exhibition. From Left: Paul Nabuurs, Bronson Smith, David Hickey

Peer Christensen, Park & Lansdowne St., Peterborough, oil on canvas, 2019

Peter Rotter, Looking Up, 2017

Rowena Dykins, Lynn River, 2012

Jeffrey Macklin, #typography collage

Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour: Selections

Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour: Selections

Sep 19, 2014 to Oct 19, 2014

The Art Gallery of Peterborough is currently open to the public, by appointment

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