This Christmas blog post is our last for 2020. It has given SilverHub the chance to reflect on the past year and what a year it has been for us all! As a small creative social enterprise business we have, like so many, had to make some difficult decision to ensure our business survives this pandemic.

Our blog and newsletter was born out of the pandemic. It became a way for us to share all the inspirational stories that make up our SilverHub Community. Erin, our social media, and marketing guru produced amazing newsletters and kept our social media alive with stories from our resident makers, from current and previous students, as well as the success of our graduating students past and present.

It is always a joy when we are teaching that students learn how to saw for the first time, take those steps to soldering and finally create a piece of jewellery. We always say in the classes, “there is no such thing as a mistake, only a learning opportunity” and as a beginner to making jewellery, there is often lots of them!!! It is through these making “opportunities” we not only learn and grow as individuals but also as grow as makers. With teaching and technical guidance from Jess and our new tutor Fiona, our day and evening class students have made, rings, necklace, brooches, learning a jeweller’s toolbox full of new skills, as well as creating a bounty of beautiful family heirlooms!

Some of the beautiful pieces that have been created in the SilverHub Studio this year

We were also particularly proud of this year’s foundation course students. In the height of the first pandemic lock down they preserved as Lisa and Jess learned how to ‘zoom’ enabling them to give technical support and creative advice online. As a result, they made it through our one-year course and against all adversity their end of year exhibition was a triumph. We were delighted that as students they received unconditional offers for Degree courses at Glasgow school of Art, Dundee, Northern College Glasgow, as well offers of Master’s degree at Sheffield, Brighton, and the historical Birmingham School of Jewellery.

Landmarks exhibition at Bloc Gallery in September

At SilverHub we are honoured that we can create opportunities for people to learn how to design and make. During the pandemic SilverHub connected with 8 of Edinburgh’s leading craft artists who are all providing design education from their studios. After a whole host of zooming and together with James Donald of Pick One Design, textile artist and dressmaker Mairi Brown, millinery Sally Proven, mosaic artist Helen Miles, textile designer and printmaker Lorna Brown of Blessed Unrest, Alex Gunn from the Edinburgh Ceramics Workshop, metal smith Bryony Knox and Jeff Zimmerman and David Mola of Glass Lab, the Craft-Ed website was born. This website supports designer led craft education, classes, courses and workshops and we are looking forward to its growth in 2021.

At SilverHub we know that making is a privilege and has the power to create change whilst contributing to help your health and wellbeing. We are super proud that our tutors, Lisa, and Jess, who as independent artists, have been awarded a research grant from Creative Scotland for their Flourish Project and we look forward to sharing its development with you in 2021.

As heart-breaking as it was to close our Abbeymount studios, moving back to the creative capital of Edinburgh, Leith, and to our new location of 40 Ferry Road, has been fantastic. As a team we pivoted and pulled together, making sure SilverHub has kept moving in a positive direction.

Students in our new studio at 40 Ferry Road

Like so many small independent creative businesses we are eternally grateful to you ALL for the support you have given us over this past year. You have read our newsletters, shared our posts, liked our social media posts, booked onto our courses, and attended our classes and we would like also to say A BIG THANK-YOU TO YOU.

On behalf of our team at SilverHub we would like to wish you all a joyous and safe Christmas with your loved ones and may 2021 be an incredibly happy and healthy New Year!

With our warmest wishes,

Lisa, Jess, Erin and Fiona

The SilverHub Team