Designer Profiles

Sarah Peterson (SP)

Having started her journey with Caithness in the factory shop in 1987, Sarah progressed very quickly to glassmakers helper and then paperweight maker. Having left to obtain a degree in glass and ceramics in 1994 she returned to Caithness in 1998. Sarah has also worked with Dartington creating clear crystal products and now leads the design team for Caithness as Lead Designer, creating paperweights, sculptures and giftware.

 


Linda Campbell (LC)

After studying visual arts and graphic design, Linda started her career at Caithness Glass in 2000. Linda was trained by master lampworker Allan Scott and learned the intricate art of lampworking. Patience and determination allow Linda to design and create complex designs which then come to life with the help of the team of glass makers.

 

 


Martin Campbell (MC)

Martin started work at Caithness Oban factory in 1976 and later relocated to the main Perth factory where his considerable glassmaking skills and knowledge were put to good use. He has continued to create the highly intricate Caithness designs and is one of the only maker remaining who can make perfume bottles.

 

 


Calum McDougall (CM)

Calum started his career in 1977 with Perthshire paperweights who specialised in millefiori and lampwork designs. In 2002 he joined Caithness Glass (following the closure of Perthshire), where he has continued to create designs using methods that he has mastered, and has also fostered new skills and techniques for making Caithness products.

 


Scott Sinclair (SS)

Starting his career at Caithness in 1991 as a glassmakers 'helper', Scott progressed to paperweight maker within 12 months. Now after 17 years, Scott has one of the highest levels of skill and knowledge of glass at Caithness. Following the move to Crieff, Scott now runs the factory which involves a great deal of things from, taking charge of the furnaces used in melting the glass for production which is a major skill itself, planning production schedules and making sure that everything happens as it should do.

 


Martin Murray (MM)

Martin has over 30 years experience as a glass cutter and engraver. As a native Irishman his early training was at Galway Crystal. After moving to the UK in 1974 to work at Kings Lynn factory, Martin moved north to the main Caithness Glass site in 1992. Martin has used his skills and creativity to enhance the Caithness paperweight collection with a variety of cuts and faceted finishes. Proud recipients of this work include several members of the British Royal family!

 


Robert McAteer (RM)

Having started with Caithness in 1999, Robert spent a year learning the basic skills of gathering from the furnace and putting paperweights into the kiln, he was then promoted on to the maker's bench where his first paperweight was made "Mooncrystal". As time went on Robert learnt several skills and picked things up clearly. Not only can Robert make paperweights but he is also a master at making the more sculptural pieces that Caithness produce including large multi-colour bowls, sculptural fish and figurines.

 


Ian Mailer (IM)

First started with Caithness in February 2002. His first job with Caithness was paperweight assistant, this was followed by paperweight maker and sand caster - preparing the colour moulds for the cast glass to be poured into. After a few years Ian was asked to work in the cold finishing department where he learned how to grind and polish the paperweight bases, from here he was also asked to help out in the store room, packing and shipping products to all over the UK. Finally Ian was asked to learn how to load the furnaces with new glass for the next days production. Ian has worked within most of the production departments in Caithness Glass - he is a Master of Trades! 

 


Claire McAllister

Started with Caithness in May 2010 as Quality Controller. Over a few months she learned what to look out for when checking the weights. First she had to familiarise herself with all the designs in the range, a huge task alone, then she had to learn what quality would be acceptable and what would create a reject or a second. It didn’t take Claire very long before she was confident in checking the weights and making good judgements on quality. Now she keeps Martin and the makers on their toes ensuring only the best quality product leaves the factory. She has known Scott for over 10 years, living in the same street as him two minutes walk away, making it very handy for work!

 


Fraser Munro (FM)

Fraser first started in the Caithness factory when he was 16 years old in 1999, fresh faced from secondary school. He worked as a helper then a paperweight maker. He proved to be excellent at making the animals that were in the range at that time, and specialised in making the large elephants, these were very large and difficult to control but Fraser made it look easy. In 2008 when Caithness relocated to Crieff, Fraser was made redundant. Just after moving to the new site, Calum broke his wrist and was unable to make anything, we needed help so asked Fraser if he would come back. He was asked to come back for 3 weeks, which turned out to be nearly 3 months! Now after a couple of years away we are delighted that Fraser has come back to work with us full time again.

 


Dean Gill

Dean is currently mastering the skill of base finishing and has improved greatly. He is already proving to be a valued member of the team. He has been taken under the wing of Martin Murray who will teach him everything there is to know about cutting and polishing glass. Dean is currently mastering the skill of base finishing and in the last few weeks has improved greatly. He will have a long way to go to reach the skill level of Martin but if he keeps going the way he is who knows, it may be sooner than we think! Dean is a local lad, not living too far from the factory, he usually cycles to work, but on lazier morning his Dad runs him to work, his Dad being very familiar with the Crieff Visitor Centre as this is where the pottery used to be based that he worked at many years ago. We’ll keep you up to date with Dean’s progress.

 

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