Dr. Sandra Wilson is an international authority on working with precious metals recovered from electronic waste and designing for a circular economy. Salvaging materials from distinctly contemporary objects such as mobile phones and computer circuit boards, Wilson transforms them using traditional and even ancient techniques and tools into jewelry and vessels.
Silversmith, jeweler, researcher, and educator, Wilson is Professor of Ecological Metal Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, part of the University of Dundee in Scotland, UK. Passionate about gold and silver while concerned about their source, Wilson is currently engaged in recovering precious metals from the e-waste cycle and reusing them in metalsmithing and jewelry design. She works in partnership with chemists using a green hydro-metallurgy process that utilizes acids and experiments with the different metals recovered in solution to achieve new surface finishes on silver, for which she has received research funding to pursue in India.
Wilson’s jewelry & metal design has won awards from the Audi Foundation and the British European Designers Group, the Scottish Arts Council and various UK Research Councils. She is a Member of Contemporary British Silversmiths and Visual Arts Scotland, Freedom of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, and a Trustee of the Scottish Goldsmiths Trust.