Welcome to vanilla ink - the smiddy, banff
We offer silversmithing & jewellery making classes for beginners, intermediate, advanced & professionals.
We are a Social Enterprise bringing Silversmithing & Jewellery opportunities to disadvantaged Young People in Scotland.
Vanilla Ink has been teaching, creating and supporting Silversmithing & Jewellery Makers since 2009.
The Smiddy is the second location for Vanilla Ink based in Banff, Aberdeenshire. The Smiddy was once a Blacksmiths Workshop and lay derelict for over 30 years until Aberdeenshire Council rebuilt the workshop as part of Banff’s Regeneration Programme in 2018.
In September 2018, Vanilla Ink opened for business in this beautiful workshop in this historic town.
“ Been here a few times now with work and privately...the tuition is great. Dedicated and informative staff. Beautiful working environment. Highly recommended.”
David Herd, Curriculum and Quality Manager: Business Enterprise & Creative Industries, North East Scotland College
“ Have now completed the 3rd 8 week block of tutorials as well as single days to make spoons, rings and a brooch. The whole experience has been an educational pleasure. Totally different to what I did for a living I have thoroughly enjoyed learning new skills under the expert and patient tuition of Megan. The atmosphere and ambience coupled with the company of the two staff (Megan & Alison) has been excellent as has the company of other students.. This is a first class facility and Banff is lucky to have it. I would encourage anyone to try it. There is nothing intimidating about the classes and they are really good fun.. My wife also attended three different day sessions and amazed herself as well as actually enjoying it. Give it a go”,
Allen Davies, Banff.