MEET THE TEAM
Lisa Arnott is the founder and Director of SilverHub Jewellery School and Studios. She is a principal lecturer.
She has a BA Honours degree in Fine Art from Edinburgh College of Art and a MFA (with outstanding distinction) in Design, Jewellery and Metalwork from Sheffield Hallam University.
As a jeweller, Lisa’s practice focuses towards exhibitions, commissions and research projects. Her jewellery has been exhibited in Australia and throughout the UK including the Open Eye Gallery and Visual Arts Scotland.
Lisa has over 15 years of experience as a designer and has taught within adult education, further education and community based learning. She is passionate about enabling people to discover their creativity through the medium of design. Lisa holds a PGCE from Heriot Watt University and has certificates in First Aid and Mental Health First Aid.
Jessica Howarth has been at tutor at SilverHub Jewellery School since 2015.
Jessica studied Jewellery and Metal Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, graduating with a 1st Class BDes (Hons) in 2011. She has also gained a Masters with Distinction in Education from Glasgow University in 2019.
Jessica has exhibited both locally and nationally. She has received numerous awards including the City of Edinburgh Visual Artists and Craft Makers Award, The International Teaching Artist (ITAC) travel bursary and The Princes Trust Award. Jessica is a professional member of Applied Arts Scotland, The British Society of Enamellers and The Association of Contemporary Jewellery. She is also a member of Engage - a professional body promoting good practice in design and visual arts eduction within the community and museum sector.
Fiona Hermse is the newest tutor to SilverHub Jewellery School, joining the team in 2020.
Brought up in rural Aberdeenshire, Fiona is an artist, jeweller and community artist. She specialised in jewellery design at Gray's School of Art in 2007 where she received first class honours before completing a Masters Degree in 2009 at the renowned Birmingham School of Jewellery.
Traditional craft techniques as well as installation, photography, drawing and painting are key elements of her practice. Fiona has a particular interest in difficult to reach audiences, she undertakes artist led community projects for charities and individuals. She also provides art, craft and sensory workshops for vulnerable adults on a mobile basis.
Having received several awards in recognition of her work, Fiona has exhibited and sold her work across the UK and Internationally.
Carolyn Kinnaird has been a tutor at SilverHub Jewellery School since 2016.
She graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2011 with a BA in Design and Applied Arts. She then spent time travelling around the world, returning to Edinburgh in 2016 from Melbourne, Australia, where she held a residency at NorthCity4 studios and was an assistant to Melbourne based jewellery designer Vicki Mason.
Kinnaird Jewellery combines inspiration from her travels, particularly through countries such as Peru, Morocco and Vietnam. Here, Carolyn was captured by the scale of tribal styles of jewellery and by the intricate detail attributed to traditional tribal tattooing.
Through Carolyn's innate contemporary style and vision, Kinnaird Jewellery realises the influence of these tribal idiosyncrasies on her work through the creation of uniquely bold, yet simplistic forms.