Kate

Gaining insights into commercial jewellery making

Before enrolling on the project, Kate had studied for a HND at Birmingham’s School of Jewellery, graduating in 2004, and had completed a part-time course in jewellery making and silver smithing.  At the same time, Kate had her own jewellery making projects in the background, with her workshop in her garage at home.

Kate heard about the programme through the School of Jewellery.  It gave her the opportunity to work within a jewellery manufacturing company, an insight into commercial manufacturing, and the opportunity to work within a team which gave Kate a lot of confidence.  The course helped Kate to make an informed decision about her career in the jewellery industry at a time when she was at a crossroads, deciding whether to set up her own business or to work for other people.  Kate decided to develop her own practice and to work as a freelancer for other companies as opportunities arose.  At the end of the programme Kate took part in a showcase of work, and was approached by a company who saw her designs and offered her work with them.

Completing the EQUAL programme led to Kate being accepted onto the Design Space initiative (a partnership between Birmingham City Council and Birmingham & Solihull LSC).  Through Design Space, Kate was able to network with fellow Designer-Makers and share a stand at the Design Space Spring Fair to promote her work.  She also undertook an NVQ Level 3 qualification in Business Start Up.

 

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