When the industry asked, we listened…
Goldsmith Scott McIntyre joined the business in 2017 adding an incredible level of skill, playing a critical role in the development of Vanilla Ink . Without him, we would not be able to offer a full spectrum of jewellery making and what it entails (as well as bringing us the joy that is #TipsTuesday - if you don’t know what I’m talking about, click the link!).
Our INKubator Programme benefits greatly from Scott’s skills (and humour) by adding Skills Development, the Programme’s most recent and natural evolution. During the Programme, I was noticing that the jewellers entering were feeling like they were lacking confidence in their own making as well as how to run a business. Knowing I didn’t have the expertise to offer this, I had to bring in someone else.
Scott is an extremely talented Goldsmith, old-school bench trained and has been in the industry over 24 years. He has played a critical role in the development of Vanilla Ink, and because of him and what he brings to the table, we feel the Programme now offers a complete service. His skills include being a master stone setter, as well as being a demon wax carver, with everything else in between. Being able to offer tailored skills to each potential INKer raises the bar as to what the INKubator offers.
Want to find out more? We speak to Scott ahead of the next programme kicking off in 2020.
Vanilla Ink (Kate): What is your name and what do you do?
Scott: I’m Scott McIntyre and I am the lesser half of Vanilla Ink. It’s my job [amongst many others] to design classes, teach professional-level courses, take consultations, which leads to designing and making bespoke pieces.... oh, and annoy Kate.
VI: What part do you play in the INKubator Programme?
SM: My main role is to lead the Skills Development sessions, tailoring them to the needs of each group of INKers. Apart from that, I’m an all-round incredible guy to be around who lifts morale simply by walking into a room.
VI: What should INKers expect from your sessions?
SM: Apart from pain and suffering? Well, what makes us unique is how each session is delivered. We don’t believe that learning should be a chore or anything to be apprehensive about. We teach in a way that gets the very best out of each student, while we may come across as daft and amusing, we pride ourselves in our skills and ability to teach in an individual manner, ensuring each student gets the best out of their experience.
VI: Skills development is a recent introduction to the INKubator Programme, why do you think these sessions are important?
You need to always have the desire to enhance your skills. I still do after [nearly] a quarter of a century. Opening up your mind and adding to your methods will only make you a better designer, maker and all-round jeweller. Adding a new skill will upgrade you so that you can make better, more refined jewellery. Don’t sit idle, learn!
VI: Are there any other skills that are taught on the Programme?
SM: This may come as a surprise, but I can’t do everything. This is why we have a photography session taught by the wonderful Stacey Bentley, as well as others such as web development. Skills-wise, I can’t enamel, so we outsource to other tutors for these kinds of things.
VI: What’s your favourite skill to teach?
SM: Pave setting. It's the best and most beautiful style of setting, in my opinion. Everyone should learn how to master it, there’s such versatility in how it can be used, from being subtle to becoming the star of the show.
VI: What advice would you give to a jeweller looking to develop their skills?
SM: Be prepared to fail. If you’re making mistakes, that means you’re pushing yourself and that can only be a good thing. You simply cannot learn without having the odd disaster, it’s how you move on from it that counts. That, and P R A C T I S E, all the bloody time!
VI: Do you have any tips for anyone thinking about taking part in the INKubator Programme?
VI: Just bloody do it… honestly. It’ll be the best thing you ever do. I’ve now seen first hand from the past two INKubators how enriching and rewarding the Programme can be. You learn so damn much, make new connections, meet new friends and give yourself a better chance of success in a challenging industry. Don’t think, just do!
Silver or Gold? 18ct Yellow Gold
SketchBook or Computer? Both
Kindle or Book? Book
Super organised or last-minute madness? Hahahaha… ask anyone who knows how chaotic I am
Tea or Coffee? Kawfee
Shared workspace or work best on your own? Shared
PC or Mac? Used to be PC but crossed to the dark side
Inked or Clean? INKed x 8
Words to live your life by? While I’m alive, I’ll make tiny changes to earth
Our next round of the INKubator Programme is now open for applications and will close at the end of September. The INKubator begins in January 2020, if you need more INKspiration to apply check out our previous blog posts and keep an eye on upcoming ‘Get INKspried.’
If you can’t be on the INKubator Programme but still want a piece of Scott and his skills, then you can join us on a number of course and workshops to develop your own practice. We will be launching our next round of classes mid October, sign up to our newsletter to be the first to know and get exclusive deals.