Welcome back everyone! This week, we spent a little bit of time away from The Smiddy, from attending a meeting discussing our involvement in the Meet Your Maker programme, to visiting a silversmiths workshop in the Borders to gain some valuable insight into a workshop set up.
On Thursday our silversmith Megan met with the Historic Environment Scotland team, who, along with Craft Scotland, selected us for their new project which will see young people from Banff Academy learn new skills. As part of the project, the students will make work inspired by Duff House and the current ‘Scotland’s Early Silver’ exhibition, using The Smiddy as a space to develop and create their designs. This project is a collaboration which will allow Art & Design students to learn a variety of new skills and be imersed in new processes by three professional makers - Megan Falconer, Naomi McIntosh and David Powell. As part of this project, our silversmith Megan has also been commissioned to create her own piece of work inspired by Duff House and the silver exhibition. We can’t wait to welcome the students to The Smiddy and share how they get on learning a range of traditional and contemporary jewellery and silversmtihing skills. Alison and myself also had the opportunity to attend then opening evening of ‘Scotland’s Early Silver’ exhibtion at Duff House which was the final destination for this show, and what a stunning display of silver it was.
On Friday this week, Megan and the Founding Director of Vanilla Ink Studios - Kate Pickering, visited Adrian Hope, a silversmith based in the Scottish Borders. Thanks to Adrian’s knowledge about the industry and profession, he very generously shared with us some great helpful information and tips to set up our workshop, tool making and much more. We spent most of the time in awe of his range of silversmithing tools and talent for making beutiful pieces of silverware.
A quiet week on the classes front, as we prepared our course schedule up until Christmas, which are all now available to book in the classes section of our website. We are also almost fully booked in both of our jewellery 8 week blocks with only one spot left in each, so if you have are interested in learning a range of new skills for a 3 hour session every week for eight weeks then don’t forget to book now to avoid dissapointment.
See you next week!
The Smiddy Silversmith