It was always Sheena McMaster's intention to be a maker. She was very much influenced by her mother Elizabeth McCaig who was one of the foremost cabinet makers in Scotland. However working with wood was not something she enjoyed but she was very good at Art and decided that this was the direction she wanted to take.
Consequently she was accepted by Glasgow School of Art where she gained an Honours Degree in Design in 1987. It was during this period that she gained many of the handskills and technical knowledge that are required to work as a professional jeweller. She spent a further year there studying for a Diploma in Postgraduate Studies in Jewellery and Silversmithing where she worked on spinning and chasing bowls
During this period she also taught evening classes in the jewellery department at the GSA to the general public
Thereafter she moved to London to gain valuable working experience with a design and manufacturing company where they were making jewellery for some of the leading names in the industry. But the desire to travel and gain experience of other cultures had taking hold and she spent the next 18 months on a world trip.
She returned to Scotland in 1991 where she created her own jewellery business working to commission, running courses and marketing her own designs