Kate Pickering - Founding Director

Kate Pickering - Founding Director

Founding director of Vanilla Ink, Kate Clifford set up the programme through her own frustration of knowing how to make jewellery but no idea how to become a jeweller. Acknowledging her lack of skills in the area of business she developed the programme through the Starter for 6 programme with the Cultural Enterprise Office in 2009. Kate was awarded funding through the Princes Trust and set up her first workshop in 2012 in Dundee.

16 jewellers passed through the workshop and took part on the inaugural Vanilla Ink programme. They had access to a 24 hour workshop, 1 year of monthly professional development classes with industry experts and one-to-one mentoring with successful designers for a year.

Vanilla Ink closed its doors in Dundee in January 2015 and travelled to Glasgow, establishing a brand new workshop in MAKLab Charing Cross. The Vanilla Ink programme returned, running from its Glasgow studio. In 2016 we altered the programme and ran it for 6 months instead of 1 year. We welcomed 7 jewellers who submerged themselves in the programme.

You can read about their experience here. 

In the spring of 2017, Vanilla Ink was once again on the move. Expanding again, Founding Director Kate joined forces with Master Goldsmith Scott McIntyre to open The Vanilla Ink Jewellery School. With the mission of educating, inspiring and empowering the trade at both Kate and Scott's core. 

Below are the Inkers that have taken part in the programme since we began, click on their profiles to read more about them.

The Vanilla Ink Programme is now open for applications. Deadline midnight 3rd of December 2017.


MEET THE INKERS OF 2016


Hannah Grace Ryan

Hannah Grace Ryan

Amy Dunnachie

Amy Dunnachie

Beth Watson

Beth Watson

Aileen Bolton

Aileen Bolton

Gemma Brownlie

Gemma Brownlie

Femke Stokkel-Lennon

Femke Stokkel-Lennon

Sophie Warringham

Sophie Warringham


MEET THE INKERS OF 2014


Karen Smith

Karen Smith

Pamela Goodman

Pamela Goodman

Mairi Collins

Mairi Collins

Lucie Hunter

Lucie Hunter

Elizabeth Armour

Elizabeth Armour

Kirsty Stevens

Kirsty Stevens

Kirsty Stewart

Kirsty Stewart

Shira Goldberger

Shira Goldberger


MEET THE INKERS OF 2013

Scarlett Erskine

Scarlett Erskine

TheWeeRobin (Designer in residence 2014)

TheWeeRobin (Designer in residence 2014)

Filipa Oliveira

Filipa Oliveira

Audrey Reid

Audrey Reid

Ruth A Morrison

Ruth A Morrison

Leanne T Evans

Leanne T Evans

Sally Anne Fenton

Sally Anne Fenton

Victoria Kelsey

Victoria Kelsey

Joanne Macfadyen - Designer in Residence 2013

Joanne Macfadyen - Designer in Residence 2013