At Benromach, our ethos has always been to celebrate the genuine character of things made by hand. From high quality and uniquely crafted products to the dedication and expertise of those who make them, we have a long-lasting passion for what we do and how we do it.
In our ongoing celebration of all things handmade, with makers around the world, we had the pleasure of collaborating with visual artist Ian McNicol, master etcher at the internationally-acclaimed Glasgow Print Studio.
In preparation for the collaboration, Ian took some time to visit our distillery in Forres to experience firsthand how our small team works and to share how his approach to printmaking aligns to how we make our single malt whisky. It was this visit that provided Ian with the inspiration for a unique piece created especially for Benromach.
Skills that rely on the senses, on patience and the heartbeat of the maker set themselves apart. The outcome is the creation of something truly personal. In a series of short films, Ian shares his insights into his experience, his creative process, and how traditional techniques can be employed to create something wholly new and original.
Ian McNicol is a master etcher at Glasgow Print Studio, a renowned centre of excellence in fine art printmaking that promotes contemporary and innovative printmaking. Originally joining as a volunteer, Ian has now worked with Glasgow Print Studio for 25 years, training under the eyes of the master technicians and master etchers in skills passed down through the generations. Ian’s work has been exhibited over a number of years at the Royal Academy Summer Show.
Taking inspiration from the way we produce our whisky at Benromach distillery – made by hand for genuine character – Ian’s etching in copper plate was created to celebrate our shared love of things handmade. As with many bespoke handmade products only a small number of prints were created, each reflecting the passion, skill and expertise of the maker.
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