Since 2003, the Trust has organised and funded a series of Symposiums, in conjunction with Edinburgh College of Art, for students of all Scottish colleges. Themes have included General European Jewellery, Dutch Jewellery, and Japanese Jewellery and Silversmithing.


Past Symposiums

Making Jewellery Work

The Trust funded and worked in collaboration with Vanilla Ink to produce the Making Jewellery Work Symposium as part of the first Scottish Jewellery Week, on 12th September 2014, at the Discovery Point in Dundee. The Symposium explored subjects including the face of the current jewellery industry in Scotland today, trends in the wider industry and their effect on smaller businesses and the approaches of a different jewellery designers in developing collections and their markets. Speakers included Joy Bonfield-Colombara, Make Works; Scott Walter, Assay Master, Edinburgh Assay Office; Scott McIntyre, Brazen Studios; and jewellers Sofus Graae, Smith/Grey, and Georgia Wiseman. Graduating Vanilla Inkers shared their experiences through a Pecha Kucha presentation. The event also included an informal knowledge sharing lunch, featuring showcases from MAKLab, Cloud 9, Gemstones Brazil, Bellore Rashbel and our ‘5 Years On’ makers, Jane Gowans, Katie Lees, Hannah Livingstone and Heather McDermott.

““I learned so much and realised there are so many opportunities out there””

““Thoroughly enjoyed a day full of inspiring talks!””

Comments from those who attended the Making Jewellery Work

Perspectives in Gold

The Scottish Goldsmiths Trust funded the symposium Perspectives in Gold on 5th April 2014 , presented in partnership with the Hunterian Art Gallery & Museum’s exhibition Scottish Gold. The symposium explored the subject of gold for contemporary makers from a range of different perspectives, from historical, mineralogical to contemporary jewellers working with gold and ancient goldsmithing techniques in new and innovative ways. Speakers included George Dalgleish, Keeper of Scottish History & archaeology, National Museum Scotland and Peter Davidson, Curator of Minerology, National Museum Scotland and jewellers Andrew Lamb, Misun Won and Filipa Oliveira.

““I really liked all of it. The mix was just right… I really liked hearing from other makers.””

““My favourite part of the day was the combination of so many different perspectives e.g. historical, scientific, contemporary work…””

Comments from those who attended the Perspectives in Gold Symposium

INFORM-OUTFORM, Making it With Digital Media

The Scottish Goldsmiths' Trust funded the Inform-Outform Symposium, organised in conjunction with Edinburgh College of Art, for over 200 students and makers from across Scotland. The line-up of speakers included Leo Caballero of Klimt02, Kate Pickering of Vanilla Ink Studios, Scott Walter of Edinburgh Assay Office, Andrew Morton of Weston Beamor and Dr Catharine Rossi of Edinburgh College of Art.

“I really enjoyed the symposium, I thought that there was a really good mix of perspectives on the digital side of jewellery, from largescale networks, using digital media for your personal studies/work and views from the industry on how we can use digital media for producing work/hallmarking!”

“I thought this was a great opportunity to learn about relevant things relating to a modern approach to jewellery design.”

“Quite apart from the essential information, this was also a great jewellery networking event (I am not a student, but working goldsmith). Well done!”

Comments from those who attended the Inform-Outform Symposium