Making Impact

“I had a really great day and left feeling inspired by all the amazing speakers and buzzing with energy!”

The start of April saw our Making Impact Conference at Edinburgh College of Art. The conference was organised in collaboration with Fair Luxury and Edinburgh College of Art and welcomed a broad audience including jewellers and silversmiths, gemstone dealers and mining experts, students and academics.With over 15 different presentations and activities aimed at getting us all to think about how we can make an ethical impact in our work without having to compromise on design or quality, the day proved a great success. Guest speakers included Emily Auckland from the UK Stake Holders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD), Vivienne Low from Fashion Revolution ScotlandStuart Pool from GIA (Gemmological Institute of America) and PACT Tanzania Project. We also enjoyed hearing from jewellers Hannah Bedford and Stefanie Cheong about how they put ethical jewellery making in to practice.

We have been absolutely delighted to hear from so many of the attendees after the event about how they have been inspired to make changes in the way they work and we will be blogging about jewellers who are embracing ethical making, so please watch out for updates and keep checking our Ethical Making Resource which has a wealth of information in it.

Image by Arabel Lebrusán

Outstanding Student Award

The Incorporation runs an annual award for students at the Scottish Art Colleges.  Each college submits a design for a silver goblet, and the winner is paired with an established silversmith to create the goblet.

The student gains valuable experience of working to commission, as well as of designing and making a goblet for the collection of the Incorporation.  They also get the experience of working with one of Scotland’s prominent and highly regarded silversmiths in their workshop, providing them with technical assistance and guidance with the making of the goblet.

Last year we were delighted to announce Annabel Hood as our winner and she was partnered with 2014 winner Karen Westland. Annabel is pictured below holding her goblet with Karen and previous years’ winning goblets. Annabel’s goblet was inspired by tactile surface design, the word touch in Braille has been chased around the goblet in graduating sizes.

“This project has made me more confident in my practice, and has given me the courage to make bigger pieces of work. I loved creating a piece for a specific collection, creating and working to a brief is a great way of experimenting with ideas that you might not normally produce.” Annabel Hood.

Image by Colin Hattersley.

A New Perspective on Fair Making

Each year, an exhibition is displayed at Elements to complement the selling fair and events programme. The 2018 exhibition, Perspectives: Creating Jewellery for a Fairer Future, has been curated by Fair Luxury and the Incorporation of Goldsmiths, and will be on view for the duration of the Festival.

Featuring a range of works that consider the concept of fair making, the exhibition will cast a fresh light on what terms such as ethical luxury can mean and the ways in which we can create jewellery for a fairer future.

Perspectives aims to raise awareness of issues in the metal, stone and jewellery industries, such as unfair working practices, environmental damage and health and safety risks, while also exploring the many ways makers and consumers can choose to engage with fair making.


Eileen Gatt. Balance Bowls.


Elements makers unveiled

The exhibitors have been unveiled for Elements 4, our annual festival celebrating the finest UK jewellery, silver and gold, which will be held in Edinburgh in October.

This year’s event will also feature an exhibition dedicated to sustainable making entitled Perspectives: Creating Jewellery for a Fairer Future.

Elements, which runs from 19 to 21 October, is now firmly established as one of the most innovative and exciting opportunities to see and buy high quality handmade jewellery and silversmithing by designers from Scotland and elsewhere in the UK.

This year there will be 50 makers and designers selling work at the festival – with around half coming from Scotland including makers Heather Woof, Linda Lewin and Misun Won. Makers from elsewhere in the UK include Daphne Krinos, Sarah Herriot, and Brett Payne.

View the full list of exhibitors here.


The Future of Ethical Making is Bright

On Wednesday 28 March 2018 more than 200 makers, educators, students, suppliers and campaigners gathered in Edinburgh for an important day in the history of ethical making in Scotland.

After our first, hugely successful Ethical Making Symposium in 2017, we have been working to promote meaningful conversations about ethical making in Scotland and to create real change for the future. Our second Symposium, It’s In Our Hands – One Year On, began with the launch of our brand new Ethical Making Resource and with the signing of an Ethical Making Pledge.


Incorporation Director, Mary Michel (left) and college representatives. Image by Colin Hattersley.


Introducing the Outstanding Student Award winning goblet of 2017

Each year the Incorporation of Goldsmiths runs the Outstanding Student Award for students of jewellery and silversmithing courses.

Scottish art colleges offering jewellery and silversmithing courses at HND level or higher are invited to take part by submitting one student’s design for a goblet, and the winner then paired with an established silversmith to create the goblet.

The 2017 winner, Glasgow School of Art student Rowan Berry, was paired with celebrated silversmith Michael Lloyd, and worked with him to produce her final piece.

Goblet by Rowan Berry. Image by Nick Strong.