Which elements of artisan-silversmiths’ experiences contribute to their personal success?

12 Sep 2019 · 6:00PM - 8:00PM
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Which elements of artisan-silversmiths education, craft, business and motivational experiences contribute to their personal success? Join us for a presentation and panel discussion exploring the original research of industry expert Gordon Hamme PhD, which deliberates this question, and considers artisan-silversmiths’ personal success from the perspectives of life satisfaction, creativity, status, economics, cultural and skills capital.

Chaired by Peter Taylor, Director of the Goldsmiths’ Centre, Gordon Hamme will be joined by Rebecca Skeels, Rauni Higson, Professor Malcolm Kirkup Head of Westminster Business School and Dr Sandra Wilson of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design part of the University of Dundee, to discuss his research.

Who are the speakers?

Rebecca Skeels started her business in 1994 after graduating from the University of Wales. Since Rebecca’s thirst for knowledge and her passion for sharing has lead her to graduate from Central Saint Martin’s, MA Project by Design and achieving a PGC in Higher Education from the University for the Creative Arts. Rebecca is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Sandra Wilson, Ph.D. is a jeweller, silversmith and researcher at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design part of the University of Dundee. Her jewellery has won awards from the Audi Foundation, the British European Designers Group and the Scottish Arts Council. Her research has also attracted funding from various UK research councils.

Peter Taylor initially trained as a designer and goldsmith at Birmingham School of Jewellery. After working as a lecturer and tutor, he developed a European funding and project management consultancy which was launched in 1993. He returned to education in 1997, when he established the Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre for the University of Central England. In 2002 Peter joined the Goldsmiths’ Company as its first Director of Technology and Training. Here he developed and project managed the construction of the Goldsmiths’ Centre before becoming its Director in 2011. 

Rauni Higson is a leading British Silversmith, known for distinctive sculptural tableware, contemporary designs created using traditional silversmithing techniques, principally made by forging and hammer-forming sheet silver. She set up her studio in the dramatic mountain landscape of Snowdonia 22 years ago, after training in Finland, her mother’s native country. Commissions include 6 pieces in the Goldsmiths’ Company Collection, the National Museum of Wales, The Worshipful Company of Clothworkers, The Worshipful Company of Weavers and the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries. She is founder and Programme Director of the Contemporary British Silversmiths Skills Training Programme, which is run in partnership with The Goldsmiths' Centre.

Professor Malcolm Kirkup is Head of Westminster Business School  and Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Westminster. He leads on the development of the WBS strategy for teaching and research, and on Knowledge Exchange for the University. In addition to working as a strategic marketer in business with Sears plc, he has had a range of successful roles in UK business schools over 33 years – including Cranfield, Loughborough, Birmingham, Lancaster, Exeter and Edinburgh. He has a passion for innovation and a reputation for launching new educational programmes that combine close working relationships with industry, a practical and applied focus, and which challenge conventional thinking.   He maintains an interest in business consultancy and also teaches on executive courses in marketing.  He has delivered consultancy assignments for a wide range of UK and international business enterprises.