Patricia Niemann is a goldsmith, glass artist and designer, based in Caithness (in the Far North of Scotland). Born 1968 in Vilshofen ( Germany ), she is a born and bred Bavarian lassie. Patty (as her friends call her) has a jewellery studio and showroom in the Mill of Forse, Latheron. She also works free-lance as glass kilnforming and blowing instructor for Northlands Creative Glass in Scotland.
Patty came to Scotland first in 1996, as an exchange student in the Jewellery Department of Edinburgh College of Art (ECA). At that time, she had completed a trade apprenticeship as goldsmith, had worked as a “journeyman” and achieved a degree as Gemstone- and Jewellery Designer (Diplom-Designer (FH)) in Idar-Oberstein, Germany. At ECA she got heavily infected by a “Hot Glass Virus” and ended up studying at the Glass Department and achieving a Masters Degree – all her work still being based around the human body and body adornment.
Patty is an avid life drawer, has worked as goldsmith, glass artist and artist-in-residence in countries as varied as the Czech Republic, Australia, the United States (and Scotland & Germany, of course). Her work has been exhibited internationally since 1993. In her studio, she makes one-off pieces of jewellery in 18ct gold, silver and platinum to customer commission and to own designs and she also sets gemstones.
Blown glass is an element in her more artistic jewellery – her artistic practice is based around the human body and the ideas of life and death, especially “vanitas” (= transitory-ness), decay, attitude and – humour! Her most recent body of work is based on the local archaeology and the deteriorating effects of the harsh weather in Caithness.