Sue Lowday


  • MA Metalwork & Jewellery at Sheffield Hallam University, 2001

  • BA (Hons.) Silversmithing & Jewellery 1974 -78 Sheffield Polytechnic School of Art & Design

  • Leather conservation course, tutor Theo Sturge. 2009

Awards / Competitions

  • 2000, '02, '03, '04, '06 -Yorkshire Arts Award / Arts Council Awards

  • 2003 - Finalist in the Bessemer Gallery open competition, metal category

  • 1999 - The Cutlers Company/Armourers and Brasiers travel award visiting Baltimore and New York (Researching the potential market at the American Crafts Council show held at Baltimore, and research related to the MA project)

  • 1999 - The Cutlers Company/Armourers and Brasiers book prize

Work in the collections of

  • Sheffield Assay Office
9ct Gold box
Condiment set
Platinum necklace
18ct Gold cutlery
Ivory and lapis lazuli box

  • City of Sheffield Collection, Town Hall
Sterling Silver Candelabrum
Currently exhibited in the showcases in the foyer

  • Millennium Galleries, Sheffield Museums
Teaset :
Teapot, milk and sugar bowl - sterling silver.
Jug - pewter
Medal - sterling silver

  • Manchester City Galleries
5 pieces of precious jewellery
6 pieces of fashion jewellery

  • Goldsmiths Hall, London
Medal - Sterling silver (designed for Lord Dainton)

  • University of Sheffield
Water Jug - Britannia Silver 9ct gold
Medal - Sterling silver
Medal - Bronze

  • Walsall Leather Museum
A collection of six leather belts
Pocket bag
Square capsule bag
Pod purse


  • 1981 onwards, I have been in full time business running a jewellery and silversmithing workshop, and since 1993 a leatherwork and metal workshop.
  • 2001 - '07, part-time teaching BA Metalsmithing & Jewellery.
  • '07 - '10, MA Design Courses visiting lecturer University of Central Lancashire.


  • Lord Dainton, the Chancellor of the University of Sheffield commissioned a silver medal, it was the premier medal of achievement presented annually. Helen Sharman, the first British astronaut received the medal during 1991.

  • Sheffield Assay Office commissioned many of the silver pieces listed for their permanent collection.

  • Lord Dainton, the Chancellor of the University of Sheffield commissioned a bronze medal during 1997 to celebrate the centenary of the sealing of the royal charter, joining Firth College, the Medical School and the Technical School becoming the University of Sheffield.

Private Sales include:

  • H.R.H. Prince Charles
  • Lord and Lady Cottesloe (founder of the Cottesloe theatre in the National Theatre)
  • David Hockney


Most notably -

Art in Action, Waterperry. [leather]
'Country Living', Business Design Centre, Islington. [leather]
'Handmade' Fortnum & Mason. [leather]
Origin, (the new show organised by the Crafts Council replacing Chelsea). [leather]
Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow, Selected exhibitions. [leather]
'Bags of Style', Walsall Leather Museum. [leather]
International Women's Day Conference, Home Office. [leather & metal]
Makers Guild in Wales. [metal]
'Terrain', Saltburn Gallery, Saltburn. [metal]
British Library, London Architecture Biennale. [metal]
Contemporary Metal section at the Millennium Galleries, Sheffield. [metal]
Bankside Gallery, Love for Sale, the Art of Sensuality, London. [leather]
On the Wall. [metal]
The International Art and Design Fair, The Armoury, Manhattan, New York. [metal]
The Metal Gallery. [metal]
Wimpole Hall, National trust property. Solo show of metal vessels.
The Curve Gallery, Sheffield. Solo show of metal vessels.
Chelsea Craft Fair, London. [leather exhibited]
'Adorned to Perfection' Platform Gallery, Clitheroe. [leather exhibited]
The Midland Grand Summer Show, St Pancras Chambers. [metal]
Fire & Iron Gallery. [metal]
Prema, handbag exhibition. [leather]
'Craftcase' Rochester Art Gallery. [metal]
'Now & Then' Millennium Gallery, Sheffield. [metal & leather exhibited]
Mall Galleries, (awarded a Distinction). [metal exhibited]
New York Gift Fair, (with the Crafts Council). [leather & metal exhibited]
Goldsmiths Hall, Craftsmen Fairs, London. [metal exhibited]
Dazzle' Exhibitions. [metal exhibited]

Contributor to

Living Metal Project - Silversmithing Hidden Histories. Millennium Galleries, Sheffield.


  • Elected for membership of the Art Workers Guild
  • Selected for the Crafts Council Directory of Makers
  • Selected for membership of the Sussex Guild

Websites include

'Visual Associations' (axis)
British Satellite News
Crafts Council Directory


Art Workers Guild 125 Years, published by the Unicorn Press.
The book is a photographic record of Guild members in their studio's and workshops alongside descriptive text.