programme overview

Vanilla Ink is Scotland’s unique jewellery studio, with the aim of developing new talent by providing a supportive incubator ‘pod’. Vanilla Ink enables the UK’s best new designers to develop and grow their business in a fully equipped workshop, with each 'Inker' given tailored mentoring and monthly professional development workshops throughout the 9 month programme- the perfect starter package to ensure each ‘Inker’ develops confidence and business skills to last a lifetime. Working with key members within the creative and business sector, the programme will give you an insight into what it takes to become a goldsmith in today's landscape. The programme is broken into two sections, 'learning' and 'reflection.' The learning is a 6 month intensive professional development programme and the final 3 months is reflection to support you through putting what you have learned in to action with support of your mentor.

We think there is a difference between making jewellery and being a jeweller; the difference between having a dream and making it real is understanding the market and your place in it; and that there is a need for a supportive transition from education to independent success as a maker. We know it’s a big and sometimes scary world out there but only if you’re on your own. That’s why we offer a friendly, collaborative and an affordable studio environment, expert one to one mentoring from industry professionals, tailored business advice and support, and time to find your feet, make mistakes and make your mark.

At Vanilla Ink, we are making more than jewellery, we are Making Jewellery Work.

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The Programme

The Programme

The Mentoring

The Mentoring

The Development

The Development


What others have said about the programme

'With the support of my mentor I made achievable goals for the year. In one year I have gained funding, made a new collection, organised a photo shoot, secured stockists, exhibited at New Designers One Year On, had my jewellery on the catwalk at Scottish Jewellery Week and had lots of orders for special commissions. I've learnt a lot and grown in confidence.'

Kirsty Stewart Inker of 2014

‘My name and my brand wouldn’t be nearly as well established if I wasn’t part of Vanilla Ink. I have the confidence and the skills to approach people in the industry. It’s been brilliant.’  

Ruth A Morrisson Inker 2013

‘In the last year, I’ve reached a lot of goals that I wanted to achieve that I didn’t expect to do so quickly, like exhibiting on the catwalk in London, running photo shoots, collaborating with a fashion designer and securing commissions from contacts at IJL... They’ve now been ticked off the list!’ 

Scarlett Erskine Inker 2013

Below is an independent report written by Kathryn Bishop for Vanilla Ink on the Inkers of 2016.