The professional development workshops will run for 6 months of the 9 month programme and works with expert trainers to deliver exciting and meaningful workshops. The workshops are designed to help you think about your practice and how to put that in to industry. Having a degree in jewellery herself, Kate, Director of Vanilla Ink, fully understands the difficulties of making the leap from making jewellery to becoming a jeweller. The 'Meet the Maker' events are designed to offer honest insights into the making practice from experienced makers and designers.
Most session lasts a full day (11am - 6pm / 7-8pm) with you being expected to fully commit to each one. The sessions will cover:
Pre Programme - February
Getting the most out of VI
How to be a mentee
Team Building Session
The programme will then run from February through to October 2018
Future Planning - February
Business Resilience - March
Branding You - April
Know Your Audience - May
Money Matters - June
Presenting You - July
Reflection - August - October
End of Programme show - October/November
As of 2016, Vanilla Ink added Skills Development workshops to the package. As each Goldsmith is unique, the skills package can only be determined by you. You get to tailor the programme to suit your needs and development, working closely with Head Goldsmith and Director of the Vanilla Ink Jewellery School, Scott McIntyre
This may include:
Finishing and polishing
You will play a part in requesting the type of learning you will benefit from to advance both your practice and confidence. This could be a completely new technique or an advancement of a current skill.
The Vanilla Ink INKubator Programme is now OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS for 2019! Please download our guidelines to apply. Applications close midnight 27th January 2019.
Please note that the introductory day is on the 11th of February with your first professional development session on the 18th of February both days must be attended.