Glasgow jewellery studio helping local community gets 'exciting' boost
25 Aug 2023
Scotland’s largest independent jewellery school, Vanilla Ink CIC, has expanded its footprint in the east end of Glasgow. Read how we supported Vanilla Ink’s expansion with a £45,000 loan which will also help the school launch a new online learning hub for artists across the world.
Scotland’s largest independent jewellery school, Vanilla Ink CIC, has expanded its footprint in the east end of Glasgow.
The school has gained a new studio space to help budding jewellers get their business ideas off the ground.
The addition of a new purpose-built studio has increased its capacity at Brook Street Studios with dedicated teaching space for its 10-month INKubator Programme.
The new space also features two new shared studios, creating around 10 additional benches for local jewellers.
Vanilla Ink’s expansion was funded by a £45,000 loan from Social Investment Scotland, which will also help the school launch a new online learning hub for artists across the world.
The new workshop benches will give the Community Interest Company (CIC) additional space to continue teaching practical jewellery creation, as well as commercial and business skills to help the students set up their own enterprises.
Vanilla Ink offers a wide range of classes, from weekend workshops and general jewellery crafting to make-your-own wedding rings and stone setting, alongside many other specialist classes for each level and capability.
The school prides itself in supporting students' social and economic challenges including mental health challenges and neurodiversity, adapting its teaching methods to suit each individual.
As well as offering coaching and courses, Vanilla Ink studio spaces are rented out to established jewellers, encouraging a collaborative environment between students and the other jewellers.
The additional workshop benches and online courses will give us the opportunity to share our passion for our craft with more people and continue to embrace our ethos: Educate, Inspire, Empower. It’s an exciting time for Vanilla Ink, and we’re thankful for Social Investment Scotland for supporting our growth as a CIC with a passion for supporting our local community."
CEO, Vanilla Ink
We’ve seen the amazing work the school has done, from the impeccable jewellery the students have designed to the number of social initiatives they offer to make a difference for the local community. We’re looking forward to working with Vanilla Ink as they embark on this next phase of growth and significantly increase their impact within both the local community and wider creative community."
Head of Investments at SIS