Wednesday 25 January, 2017
The Company’s Studio Internship Graduate Award (SIGA), open to recent graduates - within 5 years of graduation - aims to enhance the skills of the next generation of artist silversmiths. Recipients are given the opportunity to train with the country’s leading artist silversmiths and receive funding to exhibit new work at a Goldsmiths’ Centre group show in September.
The current SIGA recipients are Dominic Simon, Patrick Davison, Hamish Dobbie and Erin Quinn. The first two have started their training, which includes eight weeks honing their general silversmithing skills with a renowned silversmith, followed by another eight weeks learning a particular skill with an industry specialist.
This Year's Graduates
At present Dominic Simon is practising general silversmithing with Rod Kelly, and will then then be engraving under the tutelage of Emmett Smith at R H Wilkins.
Patrick Davison is enhancing his general silversmithing skills with silversmith Rauni Higson, and will then focus on engraving with Angus McFadyen.
In April, Hamish Dobbie will start training under the tutelage of Michael Lloyd and Erin Quinn will do so with Clive Burr. Specialists for the second part of their training are to be confirmed.
Rauni Higson and Rod Kelly
Rauni Higson is currently Chair of Contemporary British Silversmiths, a member of the Maker's Guild in Wales, and was made a Liveryman of the Goldsmiths' Company in 2015. Rauni's work is also in the Goldsmiths' Company Collection of modern silver.
Rod Kelly is one of the UK’s leading silversmiths, specialising in low relief chasing. His work can be found in many public and private collections including The V&A Museum, No. 10 Downing Street, The Royal Mint, St Paul’s Cathedral and The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.