Grant in the workshop

Grant McCaig MA RCA 

Grant McCaig is a silversmith and artist with an organic approach to finding extraordinary beauty in metals and the idea of function and preciousness associated with materials such as silver.

Silversmithing CV



2012                         The Lewton Brain Fold Form Award USA – Honourable Mention

2009                        Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust

                                  Scottish Arts Council Professional Development Award

2008                        Young Designer of the Year Award British Silver Week (runner up)

2007                         Scottish Arts Council Creative Development Award

2004                        British Jewellers Assoc. Silver Award, Chelsea Crafts Fair (runner up)

1998                         Richard Hubbard Arrol Memorial Prize, July Goldsmiths’ Craft Council Designer Silversmith

    Goldsmiths’ Craft Council Designer Silversmith (junior) First Place

1995                         Glasgow Art Club Drawing Competition Second Place

Public Collections

Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen

Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths’ Modern Collection, London

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

10/10 Silver Collection Incorporation of Goldsmiths‘, Edinburgh

Bute House Collection, Edinburgh

Birmingham Museums and Art Galleries

Led Workshops

The Big Craft Giveaway, Inverness Art Gallery 2013

Spoonerism, Imagination Club, August 2008

Spoon making workshop with Friends of Aberdeen Art Gallery, in parallel with the exhibition ‘Cutting Edge’ two day workshop and lecture.

National Museum of Scotland, 500 years of the Edinburgh Assay Office

Live Demonstration/workshop for Craftscotland at The SECC Glasgow

Silver Sparkles, Saltcoats Museum Ayrshire

Chess Workshops Vennel Gallery, Ayrshire Scotland

San Francisco Academy of Arts, Lecture in parallel with 100% Proof exhibition


‘In conversation with Grant MacDonald’, Prime Warden of Goldsmiths Hall London, in conjunction with 500 Years of Assaying Exhibition, National Museum of Scotland.

Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow in conjunction with Cutting Edge Exhibition.



Solo Shows

2007                        New Silver, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh;

International Shows                       

Ongoing                  Silver of the Stars, touring exhibition:

                                   The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The Forbes Galleries, New York;

                                   The State Hermitage Museum St Petersburg, Russia; The World Art Museum Beijing, China; Museum of Kyoto, Japan; The National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh;

2014                           Schlegelschmuck, Gallery Schlegel Munich

2013                           Spoons are the Mirror of a Culture, Galerie Lemaire and Galerie Ra in Amsterdam

                                    Love Spoons, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Wales

2012                           The New Silver, Galerie RA, Amsterdam

                                    25 Years of Galerie Cebra, Galerie Cebra, Dusseldorf

                                    Kilkenny Arts Festival Craft, National Arts Gallery Ireland

                                    Meer Seen, (Sea More) craft2eu – Agency and Gallery for European Craft & Design Hamburg

                                    The Tree, Galerie Handwerk, Munich

                                    Meister De Moderne, Handwerkskammer für München und Oberbayern, Germany

2011                            The Culture of Drinking, Handwerkskammer für München und Oberbayern, Germany

                                     Not Pretty, male jewellery; touring, Australia and Scotland

2010                           Effe Kijke “welcome to the body”, Marzee Gallery, Holland;

                                     4 O’clock Tea, Four Person Show Gallery Cebra, Dusseldorf Germany;

2009                           Silver Art Foundation, Schoonhoven the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany

       Connections with Objects, LOD Metallformgivnings Sweden

       Three UK Silversmiths, Velvet Da Vinci Gallery USA

       UK/OK: Exploring Traditions in Contemporary Design, Oklahoma USA

                                     Effe Kijke “The Overcoat”, Gallery Marzee Holland;

2008                           Treasure from the Twenty First Century, Silver from Goldsmiths Hall1999 2009, touring exhibition; Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales; National           Museum of Ireland;

2007                            The Pleasures of the Table – Museum fur Künst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany;

2005 – 06                  100 % Proof 2: International touring exhibition, Mobilia gallery, Massachusetts; Velvet da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco; Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales;

2003-05                    Chess, touring exhibition Velvet Da Vinci, San Francisco; Vennel Gallery Irvine, Scotland; The Gallery Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales; The Crafts Council Gallery at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; The John Michael Kholer Arts Centre, Wisconsin; Thomas Mann’s Gallery, New Orleans; Fuller Craft Museum, Massachusetts;

2002                           Talente, Munich, Germany;

2001- 02                    100 % Proof, curated by Prof. Dorothy Hogg MBE: touring exhibition: Flow Gallery, London; Mobilia Gallery, USA; New York School of        Interior Design; Velvet Da Vinci San Francisco; The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

Shows in Britain

2015                            The Silversmith’s Art, The Goldsmiths Co. Modern Collection, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh.

                                     Modern Masters, the Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

                                     Elements Fair,  the Incorporation of Goldsmiths and Lyon & Turnbull Fine Art Auctioneers Edinburgh

                                     Collect 2015, The Saatchi Gallery, represented by Contemporary Applied Arts London.

2014                            London Design Festival Sarah Myerscough Gallery

                                     Collect 2014, Saatchi Gallery London Sarah Myerscough Gallery

                                     London Art Fair Sarah Myerscough Gallery

2013                             Contemporary Craft, Sarah Myerscough Gallery

                                      British Ceramic Bienial. Stoke on Trent

                                      Coronation Festival, Buckingham Palace London with QEST,

                                      Mad For Tea, Fortnum & Mason

                                      Fundir, focus exhibition at the Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

2012                             Focus, Contemporary Applied Arts, London

                                      Domestic MATTERS, Contemporary Applied Arts, London

                                      From Table to Wall, Flow Gallery London

        Made in Scotland, Fleming Collection London

2011                             Mindful of Silver; Goldsmiths Hall, London;

        Silver from Glasgow, curate by Amanda Game, Lyon and Turnbull, Edinburgh

2010                            Collect 2010, The Saatchi Gallery, represented by The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh.

                                      Handmade, Fortnum & Mason

2009                            Silver with a Pinch of Salt, Goldsmiths’ Hall London

        Collect 2009, The Saatchi Gallery, London, represented by Lesley Craze Gallery of London
Silver Maker, Contemporary Applied Arts, London, curated by Amanda Game
Spoons, The Scottish Gallery
The Birthday Party, Flow Gallery London
La Creme, Lesley Craze Gallery
Transformations, Flow Gallery London

        Desire Art Fair, Fleming Collection

2008                           Collect 2008, The Victoria & Albert Museum London, represented by The Scottish Gallery of Edinburgh
Fresh Forms, Lesley Craze Gallery London

        Treasures of Today, Silver from Goldsmiths’ Hall 1980 – 2008, Ruthin Craft Centre Wales; National Museum of Ireland.
Stanley Hill Retrospective, Bluecoat Display Centre Liverpool
At Table: Part II Contemporary Tableware in Metal work and Silver Blackwell Arts & Crafts House, England
9 Create, Curated by Adrian Hope at the Scottish Gallery

                                      Silver in Translation, curated by Ralph Turner Glynn Vivian Gallery, Wales

2007-08                     Cutting Edge: touring exhibition, National Museum of Scotland Edinburgh;

                                      Dick Institute, Kilmarnock; Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow;

                                      Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen;

2007                            Silver in Translation, curated by Ralph Turner, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Wales;


2003 – 04                   New Wave 2, Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales touring to The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh;

2003                             Collect 2003, The Victoria & Albert Museum, London represented by Velvet Da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco;



Self-employed – see attached document for exhibitions, talks and taught workshops

2000- present

–                Working to private and public commission

–                Exhibiting in galleries internationally

–                Specialist in hand raising and forging, tig welding with silver


Edinburgh College of Art, Department of Silversmithing & Jewellery

Lecturer, part time
1998- present

Escuela de Artes y Oficios Santo Domingo, Colombia. Visiting Lecturer                                               2011

Aberdeen Art Gallery, Visiting lecturer                                                                                                           2010

The Scottish Gallery Edinburgh                                                                                                                           2003 – 2005


University for the Creative Arts, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Post Graduate Certificate in Creative Arts Education                                                                                                   2013 – 2015

Royal College of Art                                                                                                                                                 2009 – 2011

MA, Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery

Glasgow School of Art                                                                                                                                           1994- 1998

BA Hons, Design and Applied Arts, Jewellery and Silversmithing, First Class



Ton Newydd, Cymru – Yr Alban 2/New Wave, Wales – Scotland 2: ISBN1900941627

Stanley Hill Retrospective, ISBN 978-0-9560937-0-7

Building Bridges, Scottish Arts Council support for crafts in Scotland: ISBN 1 85119 1275

The Cutting Edge, Scotland’s Contemporary Crafts: ISBN 978 1 905267 07 1