Vannetta Seecharran School of Jewellery was established in 2006 by accredited jeweller Vannetta Seecharran. Vannetta holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Jewellery Design and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Jewellery Design from Parsons School of Design, New York City. She has had her work showcased at the likes of The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, The Royal Pumproom Leamington Spa, Harris Museum & Art Gallery and Cartwright Hall Art Gallery. Vannetta Seecharran’s School of Jewellery is based in Hatton Garden, at the heart of London’s jewellery quarter. The School aims to encourage and inspire students to achieve their potential as designer/makers. The School teaches professional jewellery making techniques, putting an emphasis on developing individual design ideas. In just a few weeks students develop a keen eye for jewellery design and begin to formulate their own ideas for jewellery making.
The element which sets Vannetta Seecharran’s School of Jewellery apart from competing schools is its focus on mentoring as well as instructing. The School strives to expel student’s individual style and approach to jewellery making by teaching valuable technical skills while allowing students the freedom to explore their own creativity and concepts.
The School features a range of jewellery workshop facilities to enable students to achieve this. Such facilities include soldering equipment, files, texturing hammers, files and doming tools. Access to this equipment ensures students can familiarise themselves with the jewellery studio environment and explore their creativity by experimenting with tools that create a range of design variants.
Since its establishment in 2006, the School has taught over 1000 individuals, many of whom have gone on to build their own jewellery businesses. Examples of those who have benefited from the teaching/mentoring approach of this School are detailed in the section which exemplifies post-graduates work, achievements and current creative projects.
Linda is an incredibly talented silversmith who studied her craft at the Glasgow School of Art. She went on to gain a first class honours degree, enabling her to continue her studies at the Royal College of Art. Linda then graduated in 2000 with an MA in silversmithing. She now has a studio in London and works mainly to commission, dealing with individual clients or City livery companies for their silver collections. In addition to this, Linda also teaches at Central St. Martins and Richmond College. Linda’s work is mainly in sheet metal using restrained geometric forms and is continually inspired by the architectural landscape.
Qualification: BA Jewellery and Silversmithing Glasgow School of Art, MA Jewellery and Silversmithing Royal College of Art
Stelios is a Greek designer with a number of impressive accomplishments. Such accomplishments including two scholarships, working as a freelance designer/maker in Thessaloniki and Athens, Greece, as well as showcasing his work in the 2015 Beijing International Contemporary Metal & Jewellery Art Exhibition. Stelios’ creations combine simplicity with elegance and showcase an impressive flow of colours and high-quality materials, presenting an elaborate technique. They can be casual without being trivial and they are universal without ceasing to be original. The common feature of all his pieces is their effortless uniqueness and versatility.
Megan Collins is a contemporary jewellery designer originally from South Africa, now based in London. She has a background in Fashion Design and a Degree in Fine Art from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University of Port Elizabeth and a Diploma in Jewellery Design from the Vannetta Seecharran School of Jewellery in London. She works mainly in Sterling Silver, using sheet or wire as a starting point, however sometimes uses elements of gold or brass or oxidizes components to create contrasts. Most of her inspiration is drawn from natural forms, often ones that reflect her South African heritage.
Qualification: Degree in Fine Art Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University of Port Elizabeth, Diploma in Jewellery Design from VS Jewellery School
Joana is a Designer Maker. In her work, she uses mainly traditional jewellery skills, but is also interested in the combination of traditional skills with new technologies and materials.
Joana’s latest work features hidden elements as a medium to stimulate interaction between the public and the wearer.
In 2011, Joana completed her MA Degree in Jewellery Design at The Cass, London Metropolitan University.
Joana is currently based at Studio North in Islington, London.
Qualification: MA Jewellery Design The Cass, London Metropolitan University
As the Head of Jewellery and Kensington and Chelsea College, Jenny MacDonald has a vast knowledge of jewellery design and making and impressive skill.