Caroline Gordon is a 3rd year Jewellery and Silversmithing student at the Edinburgh College of Art. She recently joined Hamilton & Inches through its scholarship programme with The University of Edinburgh. We caught up with Caroline to chat about her first week in the H&I workshops.
Welcome to Hamilton & Inches! What have you been up to?
“So far I've been working on the Chain Link Collection, particularly the square link earrings and bracelets. I've been making the square links by wrapping silver around a square former, cutting the links, soldering them together and hammering the planished finish.”
What do you love most about jewellery and silversmithing?
“I really love to design my own jewellery, both by hand and using computer aided design. I take inspiration for my creations from the outdoors and exhibitions, so these are the places where I like to go and sketch.”
What materials do you enjoy working with?
“The media I work with varies. In the past I have experimented with paper, card and thread. I really love to see how mixed media can come together in jewellery. I have recently started a ceramics course and I can’t wait to see how this will translate into my work.”
What do you hope to gain from your time at H&I?
“I would really like to learn more about creating larger pieces of silver. I've already started soldering bases onto quaichs during my time here, which are some of largest pieces I've worked with to date. It would also be brilliant to try my hand at chasing!”
With Master Chaser Panos at the adjacent bench, we think you might just be in the right place Caroline!
Hamilton & Inches is delighted to have Caroline in the workshops for 10 weeks as part of her university studio time. The Hamilton & Inches Scholarship is open to Jewellery and Silversmithing students enrolled at the University of Edinburgh. Each year two scholars receive a prize fund and a paid 10 week placement at Hamilton & Inches.