We have been keeping something from you, a secret you may say. Here at Vanilla Ink Jewellery School and Studios, we have an unsung hero, someone we have been keeping under our hats, for no other reason than we have just been so busy to talk about how awesome Laura is, which is a terrible excuse because Laura is awesome!
Who is Laura I hear you ask….?
Laura has been having some work experience with us, we are certainly not ones for promoting interns or free work, but Laura came to us with big ideas and a great work ethic. We couldn’t resist having a chat and make sure she was comfortable with what we could offer and what her expectations were. She wanted to get some experience with teaching and shadowing our classes in return, she gets to use a bench and sit in on any classes we run to up her skills.
We have a little chat to Laura so you can learn all about her and find out how awesome she is!
VI: Laura, tell us a little bit about yourself, where do you hail from, what brought you to Glasgow, etc?
Laura: I’m originally from a small town in Cumbria named Kendal, although moved around the north of England a fair bit before settling in Scotland with my other half Tommy and cat Earl. University brought me to Glasgow and I have been in love with the city from day one!
VI: So you want to be a jeweller, what took you on this journey, why jewellery?
Laura: I initially wanted to get into textile/fashion design but my skills with fabric are way below par, so after a year exploring art and design and I found working with metal to be my calling. Silversmithing encompassed a material I love with 3D design.
VI: Do you have any jewellery or smithing heroes?
Laura: The designer who springs to mind is Giovanni Corvaja, his work is beautiful and weirdly textural. But a non-jeweller would be Geoffrey Mann, he came on my radar after a lecture at GSA, super interesting concepts for 3D printing and ceramics.
VI: What twist of fate brought you into our lives?
Laura: When doing research on internship possibilities I came across Vanilla Ink on Make.Works. The ethos behind what the school believes and promotes spoke to me, I emailed Kate on the hope I would get an opportunity and here I am!
VI: What have you learned so far and what are you going to take away with you when you head back to GSA?
Laura: I’ve learnt teaching can be difficult, trying to communicate something that is now second nature to myself can be challenging but so enjoyable. Talking to the different folk that come through Vanilla Ink is great as people from all kinds of backgrounds are interested in the craft, and make it easy to teach because they want to learn, it’s been a real pleasure so far and a great opportunity to practise communication about jewellery and design.
Otherwise, I’ve learnt the correct way of filling, and many other excellent tips and tricks from Kate and Scott that will stead me well when resuming my degree at GSA.
VI: What's your favourtie tool and why?
Laura: I love a fair few but my favourite has to be needle files, handy for finishing and any small mistakes that may happen along the way.
VI: Finally which clan do you belong, tea (Kate) or coffee (Scott)?
Sorry Kate, coffee in any shape or form. All the caffeine please and thank you.