Hamilton & Inches are one such of our valued supporters. Having opened their doors in 1866, Hamilton & Inches have an acclaimed reputation in silversmithing.
In 2014, they launched a Scholarship Programme at ECA to support undergraduate Jewellery & Silversmithing students as they progressed with their studies. Each year the programme offers two £1,500 scholarships to fourth year students, as well as a paid internship at Hamilton & Inches enabling the students to work alongside professional jewellers and silversmiths.
Recent recipients are newly graduated Rowena Hayter and Caroline Gordon, who received the scholarship in 2016.
Bella Hood and Jan Warnock, current third years, have been granted the scholarship this year. Bella is currently on a summer internship at Hamilton & Inches and Jan completed hers earlier this year.
To celebrate the success of the scholarship, three senior executives from the company came along to the ECA Degree Show to meet the students they support and to view their work; Mr Stephen Paterson, Chief Executive, Mr Jon Hunt, Technical Manager and Ms Debbie McKernan, Head of Jewellery, visited the exhibit and the students.
Jon Hunt described seeing the scholars work on display:
"I am very proud of the scholarships we offer. It is inspiring for us to have students in the workshop and be able to offer them advice and encouragement as required, as well as giving a more practical help. Given the wide range of skill we have in house it has become more evident over the years that the scholars really appreciate their time here.
To see the scholars graduating and exhibiting in the end of year degree show is always a proud moment, and the standard of work and creativity that we have seen from both Caroline and Rowena this year is really exciting. I am looking forward to following their careers."