Symposium on Ethical Making

Karen Westland Studio 1

On Tuesday, 7th February 2017, the Incorporation of Goldsmiths and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design will be holding a free Symposium on Ethical Making at the University of Dundee. This is aimed primarily at jewellers and silversmiths, but we also welcome makers of all disciplines who have a particular interest in adopting an ethical approach in their practice.

Attendees will be able to interact with a fantastic panel of speakers, including:

For more information and to register to attend this free event, please click here.

There is also the opportunity to attend a one-day practical workshop on Wednesday, 8th February, entitled Jewellery Ethics for the 21st Century – A Practical Workshop.

This event will be led by Greg Valerio MBE and Ute Decker and is £40 per person.

Click here to learn more and to register.




Elements 2

Craig Stuart (1)The first ever Elements was a resounding success and we were overwhelmed by the positive feedback from both visitors and makers. The general consensus was that Elements is a much needed platform in Scotland for exquisite jewellery and silverware.

We are delighted to confirm that Elements will be returning this year from the 4th to 6th November at Lyon and Turnbull Auction House, 33 Broughton Place, Edinburgh.

This year’s Elements will host 48 stands offering a dazzling collection of jewellery and silverware. We are thrilled to welcome back many makers from last year and to introduce a number of new makers.

This year’s show has again attracted talent from far and wide, with makers hailing from all over the UK. Elements 2 will bring together makers from many corners of the country including Dorset, the Isle of Skye, London, Glasgow, Sheffield, Perth and Edinburgh, to name but a few.

We have now launched an Elements website, where you can view the whole host of events and information about this year’s talented makers. Please visit

Outstanding Scottish Student of the Year 2015

The Outstanding Scottish Student of the Year AwardNaomi and Grant Small

The winner of the Outstanding Scottish Student of the Year Award for 2015/16 was Glasgow School of Art student Naomi Scott, who created this beautifully crafted goblet, inspired by the movement of fabric.

Naomi was paired with talented silversmith, Grant McCaig and worked with him in his London studio to make the finished piece. Grant is also one of the ten makers who contributed to the Silver of The Stars collection, which was exhibited at Elements 1.

Naomi said of the experience, ‘Taking into consideration the difficulties my design posed, working alongside Grant’s endless enthusiasm and creativity enabled me to adapt workshop tools and invent new techniques to achieve my desired aesthetic. This award has provided me with the opportunity to push boundaries on traditional methods and gain a valuable insight into the practice of a silversmith, a fundamental aspect in the progression of my career.’



Success for Scottish Colleges in 2016

Scottish colleges have had a great start to 2016, winning seven out of a possible nine Precious Metal Bursaries from the Goldsmiths’ CompanyKirsten MacGregor - Precious Metals Bursary. Edinburgh College of art secured 4 of the awards, Glasgow School of Art were awarded two and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design won one.

This is a fantastic result for Scottish Colleges and Universities who are leading the way with jewellery and silversmithing courses. This follows on from the success at New Designers 2015 where the Scottish colleges were highly succesful.

Image right: Mock design submitted by Kirstin MacGregor of Edinburgh College of Art







The Edinburgh Riding of The Marches

The Riding of the Marches of Edinburgh probably began with the birth of the burgh, as a necessary part of marking out the boundaries and then keeping them untrammelled and in order. The burgesses of the burgh would have taken part, along with the forerunners of the town council, and among them were principally the craftsmen and the merchants who drove the local economy and provided the wherewithal for decent living.

We get brief glimpses of the Ridings in 1494 and 1528 and again in 1589, by which time the event had been attached to the Allhallows Fair (1st November). They are mentioned in the Council Register on 30th October 1579, when it was ordered that a proclamation should be made:

“chairging all merchantis craftismen and vtheris inhabitantis within this burgh to be in radynes the morn be xi houris to accompany the provest baillies and counsall to vesy thair meithis and boundis as ordour hes bene on horsbak and to proclame their Alhallovmes fair to begyn the morn be xij houris”.

The practice eventually fell out of use but has been revived to commemorate or celebrate particular occasions, such as in 1946, to mark the end of the Second World War. In 2009 the Ridings have been revived on an annual basis and are now an important fixed point in the civic calendar, attended by the Lord Provost, Lord Dean of Guild and the Deacon-Convener of Trades, all in their full robes and chains of office.

All the Incorporated Trades are represented at the Mercat Cross, opposite the City Chambers, proudly carrying their banners in the procession. In 2013 there was a special commemoration for the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden. In 2014 the event being commemorated was the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. On both those occasions there was a minute’s silence for the fallen, during which the banners were dipped in reverent salute and a lone piper played the well-known lament, The Flowers o’ the Forest.

About 270 horses and riders make a circuit of the bounds of the city, some 23 miles in all, before riding up the Royal Mile from Holyrood to the Mercat Cross in a grand cavalcade. All those hooves clattering on the cobbles, together with the George Heriot’s School pipe band in full cry, make an unforgettable sight and sound.

The 2015 Riding of the Marches took place on the 13th of September. The Trade involvement was even more significant than in previous years as the Deacons and their banner bearers processed with the Lord Provost, Lord Dean of Guild and the Deacon-Convener of Trades down the High Street, to the Netherbow Wellhead. There they welcomed the riders and led them back up, through the crowds, to the Mercat Cross. There the Edinburgh Captain and Lass handed back the city flag to the Lord Provost having checked that the marches were secure for another year.



Duddingston Primary Christmas Decoration Workshop

On the 14th December, jewellery Dorothy Hogg and Incorporation Director Mary Michel visited Duddingston Primary SchoolDorothy Hogg Workshop 2 for a workshop with their Primary 1 class.

50 children, aged between 4 and 5, took part in the workshop making Christmas tree decorations. Dorothy introduced the children to the techniques of hammering, embossing and decorating and explained that these were the same techniques that can be used to make items of jewellery.

The decorations were made of thin sheets of metal which Dorothy had threaded on to coloured ribbons to hang on a tree. The children were interested to learn that these techniques could be used to make jewellery and spent the afternoon enthusiastically hammering and embossing to produce pretty decorations.