After graduating from Glasgow School of Art in 2007, Karen was trained by master goldsmith Rehan Kruger in fine jewellery, within a prestigious diamond house in Glasgow. Three years later, she set up Karen Wallace in a shared workshop with experienced jeweller, Brian Robinson, in Glasgow; here she met a calligraphy hand engraver, Tommy O'Brien, who inspired her to begin her training as an engraver.
Karen took up an apprenticeship under master engraver Malcolm Appleby MBE, and has been working with him since 2012.
Karen has been able to merge her making and engraving together, enabling her to develop both her artist and craftsman skills.
Karen is a keen member of the Hand Engravers Association and enjoys being part of a diverse group of people who all share their skills, knowledge and passion for their art.