New Studio/ Showroom

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After almost five years of working from a studio at home, I have now moved my business to the most amazing space. The Platform Studios in Burntisland are a row of Edwardian platform buildings at the railway station, restored by Fife Historic Buildings Trust in 2012. Each unit in the row is self contained and I now work from the end one, Unit 9. I love the views across the Forth to Edinburgh, the busy industrial harbour and the big skies. In the summer months the area in front of the buildings is a mass of wild flowers and poppies, a lovely place to sit out and enjoy your lunch on those lucky warm days. The interior has been tastefully decorated and equipped with all that I need, and underfloor heating, very luxurious!

Here are some pics, more to be found on my instagram account…

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I feel I have a much better work/ life balance now and can really get lost in my work while I am there, and focus better on what needs to be done. Working from home was full of distractions but also quite solitary and I wanted to have a space where clients could visit me more easily.

As well as studio having ample space for my workbench/ storage,  I also have a showroom area where customers can pop along and have a look at what I have in stock, what I am making or discuss a commission. If you would like to visit please just email me and we can set up a convenient time.

I also now have a studio buddy. My mum has a wonderful weaving loom that was previously taking up the entire floor space of her spare room, it is now set up in the studio and on the day’s she isn’t working her day job we can make together. The textile techniques that have inspired my work were taught to me by her, so it’s particularly lovely to chat about these things and be surrounded by the bright yarns and see the woven patterns emerging. I am sure I will end up making some woven inspired pieces soon.

Catch up time

Posted on in 'Exhibitions, Jewellery, Weddings'

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Roses on the studio walls

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Orders getting packaged up

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Ailsa Ritchie; my hard working assistant busy filing away.

Been a bit quiet on the blog front recently as it’s been a wonderfully busy time. My new assistant Ailsa Ritchie started working for me part time in June and it’s going really well, getting lots and lots of orders made and embracing new opportunities.

So what’s been happening? The AIR 16 Exhibition at The Lighthouse in Glasgow featured my work as one of 16 Jewellers in residence at Scottish Art Schools this past year. Link to exhibition info HERE.

I was really honoured to be invited to show my work as part of the Leith School of Art Alumni Show, celebrating 25 years of  LSA at The Dovecot in Edinburgh, during the month of May.

Took my first stand at The Glasgow Wedding Collective bridal market also in May, LOVED IT! So happy to be part of such a creative collective of wedding suppliers. Currently making a few orders from this event so stay tuned on FB to see the finished results!

Lots to share about what’s been happening in June and future plans, but will save that for another day… In the meantime have a peep at this interview with me on the Kingdom Of Style blog

Paid Graduate Internship!

Posted on in 'Hiring, Teaching, Workshop'

 

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Paid Graduate Internship – Jewellery Workshop Assistant with Ebba Goring

Location: Kinross

£7.65 per hour, 20 hours per week/3 days for 12 weeks (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday)

Closing date for applications is 29 April 2014, 5pm.

Ebba Goring’s jewellery collections are inspired by her love of traditional needlework and her passion to translate textile skills that have been handed down from generation to generation, into a new material that will preserve them forever.

Handmade, delicate lace and crochet is transformed into solid precious metal and combined with sparkling stones resulting in luxury jewellery that has a timeless elegance.

ABOUT EBBA

Ebba set up her business in 2009 after graduating with a BDES (hons) in Jewellery and Metal Design from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee. Ebba now works from home in her beautiful garden studio in Kinross, Scotland, making work for galleries, boutique shops and online retailers as well as taking private commissions.

Ebba is now looking to recruit a graduate intern to help her with the following tasks:

  • Basic bench jobs such as cleaning up castings, saw piercing, filing, soldering and polishing
  • Ordering materials from suppliers,
  • Helping to prepare marketing material and newsletters
  • Updating social media,
  • Helping with the administration of orders and sales

Requirements

The ideal candidate will have a background in Jewellery Design with incredible attention to detail. You must have a high standard of practical production and be confident carrying out bench-based jobs (saw piercing, filing, soldering and polishing). Tube setting skills would be desirable but are not essential.

This role requires excellent organisational skills and the ability to manage a varied workload. You should be able to prioritise your tasks and respond to email enquiries quickly and professionally. Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to produce accurate, engaging copy, will be required. Strong IT skills including familiarity with social media marketing principles are essential. You must be able to use a Mac computer.

Access to a car would be useful as, although there is a park and ride in Kinross, driving is the most cost effective way of travelling to the studio.

Application

Please submit a CV and brief covering letter through the Adopt an Intern online application form on their website. All applications must be submitted by 5pm on the closing date. State a. your availability and b. relevant information on your skills/experience pertaining to the job spec. We do NOT accept e-mail applications unless otherwise stated.

Good Luck !

Ebba x

 

Wedding Belles

Posted on in 'Crochet, Exhibitions, Jewellery, Stockist, Weddings'

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Spring is just around the corner, there are even a few little miniature daffodils flowering in my garden. It’s that time of year when thoughts often turn to weddings. For all you loved up belles and beaus I have some news. I will be taking a stand at the Vintage Wedding Show at Assembly Roxy on Sunday the 9th of March, 11.00 – 4.00pm.

One of my lovely London stockists, Tomfoolery in Muswell hill is  featuring my work as part of their Unique Wedding Showcase: March 22nd – May 3rd. A must see for any discerning bride and groom!

I am also very excited to announce I will be joining the super creative and beautifully curated Glasgow Wedding Collective, and will be at their wedding fair at the Lighthouse in Glasgow on the May the 4th. More info and links for this to follow nearer the time.

I am really excited about doing more wedding events as so many of my customers have bought my jewellery for their special day over the years, little stud earrings for bridesmaids, co-ordinating sets for brides and of course the most special wedding jewellery of all the wedding rings. Making these treasured pieces is one of the most rewarding parts of being a jeweller.IMG_8941

Pictured here is the new Crown Ring, a beautiful wedding band that looks perfect worn on its own or stacked.

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The Stitch Solitaire engagement ring with fine stitch texture and half carat diamond appeals to those who like the idea of a classic solitaire but want something unique. This elegant ring sits perfectly with the stitch wedding band.

With prices starting at £35 for silver forget me knot stud earrings and £48 for small lacy heart pendants there will be lots of choices for bridesmaid gifts too. I will endeavour to get all the bridal collection up on my online shop too for those that can’t attend any of the events.

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New York, New York

Posted on in 'Exhibitions, Jewellery, Travel, USA'

I am currently in New York exhibiting at my first international trade show, NYNOW. I am at Booth 9533I if you are thinking of popping by. There are lots of new designs on display, all will be available to buy online in the next few weeks.

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Press, Wedding shows and Dundee.

Posted on in 'Press, Stockist, Teaching, Weddings'

At Home Magazine 18th of August fashion page - 17th august Molly Makes PressNew stockists, press and all sorts of other exciting things have been happening in the last few weeks. Here is pic of my maker profile in the At home magazine for the Scotland on Sunday and I was also really delighted to see the Citrine Scallop Necklace pictured as a ‘Wardrobe must have’ in the Scotsman weekend life magazine. Earlier this month I was asked to give an interview with Mollie Makes magazine for their online publication ‘Gathered‘ I was thrilled to do this as I love reading their magazine, lots of lovely things to make and other interesting bit’s and bobs.  Its been a very busy time making up stock for Christmas including a few collections for some new stockists including Nude Jewellery in Mayfair, London and in the next couple of weeks I will be sending a collection to Tomfoolery in London.

Vintage Wedding Show

The leaves are turning and October is just around the corner,  it’s getting closer to the launch of my wedding and engagement collection at the Vintage Wedding Show in Edinburgh on the 20th of October, make sure you are signed up to my newsletter to be first to see these new designs.

In other news I am now designer in residence in the Jewellery department at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee. It seems so long ago since I graduated back in 2009, it’s really great to be back there. I pop up one or two days a week and work with the second year students mostly but also get to use the fantastic workshop facilities for my own work too. It’s really inspiring to see so much fresh talent developing and some truly innovative work, looking forward to seeing how the work develops over the coming year.

 

 

Craft Scotland Summer Show, George Street, Edinburgh.

Posted on in 'Craft Scotland, Exhibitions, Jewellery, Making, Stockist'

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A large collection of my work is currently part of the Craft Scotland Summer Show. This exciting exhibition of 35 top Scottish makers is being held on the second floor of White Stuff on George Street, Edinburgh. I was manning the show last Sunday and gave a talk and demo about my inspiration and making processes. I will be there again on Friday the 23rd of August. Please click here for my recent newsletter with further information. I really enjoyed my day there on Sunday, getting a closer look at all the lovely things for sale. I am very taken with a necklace by Carla Edwards  and its wonderful to see such a large collection of jewels by Grainne Morton (one of my all time favourite designers). There is lots to see so go and have a gander!

Treasure at London Jewellery Week 2013

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Spot the Citrine Scallop Necklace on the Treasure invite

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Knit Bangle in 18ct Gold Vermeil

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Next stop after Devon was Treasure for London Jewellery Week, held at the incredible Somerset House. I showcased my first 18ct gold vermeil pieces and a few of my new wedding and engagement rings alongside the Knit One Pearl One collection. They were really well received and I am delighted to have secured some wonderful new stockists! It was well worth doing. Keep tuned over the coming months and all will be revealed. I enlisted the assistance of two friends and fellow jewellers Kirsty Stevens and Roisin Connolly, they were great help during the busy moments and we had a a really fun time at the VIP opening. Pics on the Professional Jeweller website.

The Contemporary Craft Festival in Devon

Posted on in 'Crochet, Exhibitions, Jewellery, Travel'

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At The Contemporary Craft Festival. My lovely cousin Rebekah (left) helping me out.

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Exeter

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Banksy in Bristol

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Unicorns in Bristol

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Brooks Guest House, Bristol

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Sandcastle Ice Cream on Exmouth Beach

This summer is flying by, at a pace my blog can’t keep up with! So going back to my trip down to Devon for the Contemporary Craft Festival. We broke the long journey from Scotland with a night in Bristol, having got a great deal on accommodation at the Brooks Guest House. I would thoroughly  recommend staying there, lovely decor and just the most amazing breakfast (blueberry pancakes with vanilla cream)all included. Bristol was all I had hoped, quirky independent shops and cafe’s and we very much enjoyed a look round Diana Porter’s Jewellery boutique – wow! I think Mary Portas would be proud of Bristol, they had independent retailers on the same street as top brands like Reese, Karen Millen, it just works.

Next stop Bovey Tracey. “The Contemporary Craft Festival is one of the UK’s finest craft event set in idyllic parkland on the edge of Devon’s Dartmoor in the village of Bovey Tracey. 200 of Britain and Ireland’s best contemporary makers exhibit their work in June (7-9 2013). The Festival celebrated it’s 10th Anniversary.” From Contemporary Craft Festival website.

 It was my first time doing this event and it was so lovely, the work was just such high quality. There were lots of visitors very interested in my work, especially as it’s inspired by lace and crochet and Bovey Tracey is very close to the famous lace producing town of Honiton. It was lovely to meet some of the other makers, such as Gilly Langton, Adele BreretonKaty Almond, Sarah Heaton, Helaina Sharpley and Samantha Bryan to name but a few, there was many other whose creations I also loved the list could go on and on.

On the extra days we enjoyed exploring Exeter and Exmouth, the best find was a hut on Exmouth beach selling incredible delights such as the Sandcastle ice cream – whippy ice cream rolled in sherbet with a fizzy flag! what could be better?