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Jewellery & Silversmithing - BA (Hons)
Jewellery and Silversmithing (J&S) is an exciting, practical, studio-based programme that teaches you to design and make thoughtful, well-made and considered work. The J&S department is small and friendly with a big international reputation as one of the UK's leading courses in the field.
Our philosophy is to combine material and technical innovation with traditional craft techniques and concepts long associated with this historic discipline. Our objective is to enable you to design and create personal, individual pieces of work that push the boundaries of our subject. We want you to create the heirlooms of the future and sensory objects that enrich people’s lives, successfully reflecting both ‘thought’ and ‘practice’.
We will teach you to work with, and explore the use of, a broad variety of materials, including precious metal, plastic, textile, enamel and stone. We have a reputation for maintaining a high standard of hand skills and original design work, with a commitment to helping you to develop a clear and original creative voice through your drawing and making. Unique to other craft and design courses in this area, all four years of the programme incorporate life drawing, painting and printing elements.
Awards and career paths
Throughout their time with us, Jewellery and Silversmithing students are encouraged to showcase their talents through awards and bursary schemes, with excellent results. For example, we have had multiple successes in the Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship & Design Awards, Contemporary British Silversmiths Awards, Kirk Inches Jewellery Prize and Goldsmiths’ Company’s Precious Metal Bursaries and Silver Grants.
International exhibitions, events and award schemes - such as New Designers, where we have won four major awards in the last five years - help our graduating students quickly establish themselves as emerging designer/makers. Many go on to establish their own studio business straight away, while others spend a year as an artist in residence on one of the many professional business development schemes available, are recruited into design companies, or pursue further study, including on our MFA programme.
Top five reasons to choose the programme
- You will study in an exciting, studio-based environment in a small and friendly department with a big international reputation.
- We combine material and technical innovation with traditional craft techniques and concepts, enabling you to create boundary-challenging work in a broad variety of materials.
- Unique to other craft and design courses in J&S, all four years of the programme incorporate life drawing, painting and printing elements.
- Our programme is a stepping stone to events such as New Designers, London, and other international showcases.
- You will graduate with the skills to establish your own business, work as an artist in residence, practice within industry or go on to further study.
Stephen Bottomley, Programme Director; Tutor | View staff profile >
Stephen trained at the Royal College of Art (1999-2001) having also studied at West Surrey College of Art and Design and the University of Brighton, with a key period working within Rhode Island School of Designs’ metal programme (USA 1998).
Stephen established his first studio in 1990 in Brighton with a Prince’s Trust Grant, exhibiting his work regularly in exhibitions and at outlets. After twelve years’ lecturing and leading several courses at Hasting College of Art, with the University of Brighton, he relocated to Sheffield in 2004. Between 2004 and 2007, Stephen was course leader for Metalwork and Jewellery at Sheffield Hallam University and also the fourth Chairman of the ‘Association for Contemporary Jewellery’ (ACJ).
Susan Cross, Reader in Jewellery; Tutor | View staff profile >
Following foundation studies at Herefordshire College of Art & Design and completing a degree course specialising in Jewellery at Middlesex Polytechnic, London in 1986, Susan moved to Edinburgh in 1989 and has continued to parallel her work. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally with invitations to give master classes and lectures both in the UK and abroad.
Jenny Gray, Lecturer; Carving, Modelling, and Mould Making
Jennifer is a designer based between Edinburgh and London. She produces objects and jewellery in a range of materials using techniques, which move in and out of the hand-made, and the digital. Each series is unified, in particular through the use of traditional hand carving methods, enhanced by taking advantage of emerging digital technologies.
Jo Pudelko, Lecturer; Plastics specialist
Jo studied at Edinburgh College of Art within the Jewellery and Silversmithing department, graduating in 2006. After returning to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in 2007 she set up her own studio within Coburg House and regularly exhibits her work around the UK and abroad.
Jessica Turrell, Lecturer; Enamel specialist
Jessica trained in jewellery and enamel at Central School of Art, London. After graduating in 1998, she set up a studio in her home city of Bristol. Over recent years she has undertaken a sustained period of research into mark-making using non-traditional enamel techniques as well as running specialist workshops. Jessica’s current studio practice includes the production of both jewellery and larger scale enamel work.
Kathryn Hinton, Lecturer; Silversmithing and Computer Aided Design Tutor
Kathryn Hinton’s current work focuses on merging traditional silversmithing techniques with digital technology. While studying at the Royal College of Art (2008-10) she explored the possibilities of new technology such as rapid prototyping and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) milling. This led to a 2 year MPhil research project entitled ‘The Craft of Digital Tooling’. In this time Kathryn developed a user interface that works alongside computer aided design software to mimic the physical actions of silversmithing, in particular the hammering process used in forming sheet metal. The digital objects are realised through processes such as rapid prototyping, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) milling, casting and press forming.
Dorothy Hogg MBE, Emeritus Professor; Lecturer
Dorothy studied at Glasgow School of Art and the Royal College of Art and was course leader of Jewellery & Silversmithing at Edinburgh College of Art from 1985 until 2007. In 2001 she was awarded an MBE for services to jewellery and silversmithing. In 2005 she won the Brilliantly Brimingham Jewellery Award which is awarded to the jeweller who has made the greatest contribution to the world of designer-maker jewellery.
Brigitte Bezold, Lecturer; Stone setting and core jewellery techniques
Brigitte is German trained Goldsmith who lives and works in Bavaria, travelling to Edinburgh each year to deliver a specialist stone setting class to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
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