Vanilla Ink is Scotland’s unique jewellery studio and school.

We are an environment that focuses on educating, inspiring and empowering the jewellery industry. Built on transparency and honesty, Vanilla Ink responds to the needs of the industry, giving makers the best opportunity to learn to be a jeweller/silversmith in today’s landscape.

There are many facets to Vanilla Ink. With education at its core, we aim to teach traditional and contemporary skills, from beginners to advanced in our jewellery school. We facilitate putting your skills into practice with our professional development programme and finally a space to flourish and establish your business with access to a fully equipped studio.

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


WHO ARE WE

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Kate Clifford

Kate founded Vanilla Ink Studios in 2009 with the goal to bridging the gap from education into industry. Knowing that it can be difficult to find your place within the ever changing landscape, Kate developed the Vanilla Ink Programme designed to support and promote jewellers in the early stages of their careers with a professional development course developed to make you think about your jewellery business as a whole.

Having a degree in Jewellery herself, Kate understands the difficulties new designers face when setting up their own business and Kate wanted to create a space that allowed collaborations, mistakes and time to reflect. In 2017 the Vanilla Ink Jewellery School CIC was established bringing in Scott as lead Goldsmith. 

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Scott McIntyre

A Master Goldsmith with over 22 years of experience in the jewellery trade, Scott has created amazing pieces for a wide and varied number of workshops across Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Scott started early with his training, embarking on an apprenticeship when he was just 17 in one of Glasgow's top workshops. In his career, he has picked up an extensive set of skills from a variety of Master Goldsmiths, while creating and finely tuning his own techniques. Always keen to add to his craft, he uses his high level of intense training to ensure he’s at the very top of his game. 

A passion for the passing on of skills and heritage is deep-rooted within Scott’s working ethos. He intends to use the methods he has honed over time to ensure that each student leaves his department with a far greater knowledge of jewellery making.