Our INKubator Programme is a ten month, part-time jewellery initiative to inspire you, transform your creative practice and kick-start your business. Maker-led and maker-designed with creativity at its core, it is a carefully interwoven set of activities, opportunities and a hive of support to generate maximum impact. With skills training at the forefront, you will leave our Programme a far better jeweller, with your bench skills, business mind and creativity improved beyond all recognition!
The INKubator is Scotland’s unique Jewellery Skills and Business Accelerator Programme, with the aim of developing emerging and established talent by providing a supportive and educational environment. The INKubator enables the best jewellers and makers to develop and grow their business, with monthly skills and professional development workshops, networking opportunities and exciting events throughout the ten month Programme. In-House INKers will thrive in a fully equipped workshop, with each given tailored 1-2-1 mentoring. It’s the perfect package to ensure each INKer develops confidence, business and practical skills to last a lifetime. Working with key members within the creative and business sectors, the INKubator will give ample insight into what it takes to become a jeweller in today’s landscape.
This is the ultimate INKer experience! You will become one of us for the duration of the Programme, being given 24-hour access to Vanilla Ink with your very own bench, situated in School One of our wonderful premises in the East End of Glasgow.
Each of our Skills Development sessions will be delivered in-person by our Master Goldsmith, where you will get the chance to enjoy a low tutor-to-student ratio, ensuring the best teaching experience. Alongside this, you will be given access to each of our online INKer videos relating to the Skills Development subject.
Skills sessions are delivered fortnightly [on average], meaning In-House INKers are expected to fully commit to their experience and immerse themselves in the Vanilla Ink family environment. You’ll get to know the other Residents, Tutors and staff and become a part of our team cohort here alongside your fellow In-House and Online INKers.
In total, this gives you workshop access for a full year [Jan – Dec], access to shared tools and equipment, all sessions of our Skills Development workshops, each of our Professional Development workshops, ten hours [minimum] of one-to-one mentoring, all our in-person Meet the Maker events, two Critical Response sessions and various networking and showcasing events. Across the ten months you will spend approximately 100 hours in Vanilla Ink [not including time using the workshop for your own practice].
Don’t forget becoming an In-House INKer includes the INKubator Residential in January at The Smiddy. Oh, and you’ll the proud wearer of a cracking INKer hoodie!
Join hundreds of other INKers online and become one of our digital family! For the first time you can experience the Vanilla Ink Programme from the comfort of your own workshop or home and most importantly, it doesn’t even matter where you are in the world!
You will be given access to every one of our brand new Skills Development videos, delivered by our very own Master Goldsmith and Setter. These will be yours to keep, with you having the ability to watch over and over again, pausing where you like and viewing at your own pace. Videos will be released fortnightly [on average], meaning you’ll be expected to put in a fair amount of commitment, but also be given enough time to process each method while blending into your ongoing business.
Over the whole ten months, you will have digital access to all sessions of our Skills Development workshops, digital access to selected Professional Development workshops, group mentoring sessions, digital access to selected Meet the Maker events, and finally two online Critical Response sessions. Oh, and don’t forget your wonderful INKer t-shirt!