The development


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 your development. Working with head Goldsmith and director of the Vanilla Ink Jewellery School, Scott McIntyre

This may include;

  • Enamelling
  • Engraving
  • Stone Setting
  • Wax carving
  • Finishing and polishing

You will play a part in requesting the type of skills you feel you may benefit from to advance your practice and your confidence. This could be a completely new skill or an advancement of a current skill.


The professional development workshops runs for 6 months of the 9 month programme and works with official partners of Vanilla Ink to deliver exciting and meaningful workshops. The workshops are designed for start-ups to help you think about your practice and how to put that in to industry. Having a degree in jewellery herself, Kate the director of Vanilla Ink understands the difficulties of taking your skills of jewellery and becoming a jeweller. The programme has 6 sessions of workshops delivered by expert trainers and the 9 'Meet the Maker' events that are designed to offer honest insights into the making practice from experienced makers and designers.

Each session lasts a full day (10am - 6pm) and you will be expected to commit to every session, the sessions will cover;

  • Pre Programme - January 15th
  • 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

You will be assigned a mentor at the beginning of the programme and you will work with your mentor over the 9 months.

The Vanilla Ink programme will run again in February 2018, if you are interested in becoming an Inker please fill out the form on this page.