Elements 2

Craig Stuart silversmith


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.



Outstanding Scottish Student of the Year 2015

The Outstanding Scottish Student of the Year Award


Naomi and Grant with her silver goblet
Naomi Scott – Outstanding Scottish Student of the Year Award for 2015/16


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.


Success for Scottish Colleges in 2016


Kirsten MacGregor - Precious Metals Bursary
Image right: Mock design submitted by Kirstin MacGregor of Edinburgh College of Art


Scottish colleges have had a great start to 2016, winning seven out of a possible nine Precious Metal Bursaries from the Goldsmiths’ Company. 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 successful.





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.



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.




Elements 1 – Highlights and Photos


Thank you to all our makers and visitors for making Elements 1 such a success! We are delighted to share the festival’s highlights Processed with VSCOcam with 5 presetwith you here.

Our Meet Your Maker workshops supported by Craft Scotland were a great success, providing an opportunity for guests to see first-hand the techniques that our talented makers use to produce the beautiful jewellery and silverware offered for sale. Our workshops were hosted by Bryony Knox (pictured below), Sheila McDonald, Sarah Hutchison and Filipa Oliveira and featured a range of techniques from Portuguese filigree to chasing. The Edinburgh Assay Office also lent us their Master Marker, Charlie Munro, who entertained our visitors with his hallmarking demonstrations!