Over the past five months, pupils have been fortunate enough to have Jamie Inglis, a professional silversmith, supporting children in creating individual pieces of specialist jewellery teaching them skills and techniques, including sawing, soldering, polishing, stamping and filing.
For the children who struggle academically, we feel that the practical, hands-on sessions really help them to gain confidence in their abilities, whilst boosting their self-esteem and making them more resilient to learning. The pupils who took part in these sessions thoroughly enjoyed the practical aspect involved and were thrilled with the pieces they discovered and were able to produce. It was great to see the children getting stuck in and producing such beautiful pieces of work.
James aged 16 said, 'I enjoyed making jewellery very much. I liked planning it out before the start and my favourite piece of jewellery was my ring.'
Oliver aged 13, 'I learnt a lot of skills like sawing and soldering. I enjoyed the practical side too and really liked Jamie, he was fun.'
Jamie exhibits and sells his handcrafted jewellery at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen. The Devon Guild of Craftsmen is an elite group with around 260 members who are able to both exhibit and sell their craft designs at the Riverside Mill in Bovey Tracey. Jamie was so impressed with the children’s contemporary crafts that he has decided to exhibit them on display at the Riverside Mill, which is an exceptional achievement for the pupils, and so their crafts will be on display from now until June 4th.
Please take the opportunity to go and visit their amazing work.
(Please be aware that one of the exhibitions rooms will be closed from now until 18th June 2019 when a new and exciting exhibition Masters of Invention: graffiti art meets contemporary craft is due to open.)