Dorothy Hogg

Dorothy Hogg is internationally recognised as both an artist jeweller and a teacher of jewellery and silversmithing. She has enjoyed a lifetime of success as a world-renowned maker, and was head of Edinburgh College of Art’s Jewellery and Silversmithing Department for almost 20 years. As well as maintaining her own creative practice she also curates exhibitions, sits on educational and craft boards, and promotes Scottish Jewellery across the world. Dorothy was Artist in Residence at the V&A between July and December 2008.

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Jean Toutin, designer and engraver

I was fascinated by engravings for black and white enamelled miniature cases by Jean Toutin who worked from 1618 to 1640.

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A New Discovery: Prints and Drawings

I am a student every Tuesday taking part in the History of Jewellery Course run by Dr.Beatriz Chadour and the curators in the jewellery and metal department. It is a rare experience to be taken through the developments in jewellery since early times and to be able to handle rare pieces from the collection.This week we were taken to see the print department’s collection of designs for jewellery. It is so amazing to see these things at first hand, original drawings by Lalique and Josef Hoffman and a rather surprisingly poor drawing of a necklace by C.R.Ashbee.

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Find Make Wear Contributions

Madeleine from the Crafts Council has responded to the challenge with an elegant marsh grass necklace.

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Open Studio Visitors

Over the weekend I also had open studio sessions and was delighted by visits from jewellers of note who also came to make a charm, Susan May, Daphne Krinos and Alison Flanders made lovely charms for the Chain of Talent as did a jewellery student from Sheffield called Emma who came all the way to take part.

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The Chain of Talent

The idea for the chain came out of a question I was asked at the interview for the residency, ‘What would you do with 4000 parents and children coming to the museum over a weekend?’ I responded with ‘Make a big chain and wrap it round the V&A’.

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A Busy Weekend

After weeks of discussion and preparation the Chain of Talent project finally took off.V&A’s Heather Whitely managed to sort out all the health and safety issues and put up the chain with some help.

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Sue Lawty

I had a surprise visit from fellow blogger Sue Lawty who was a textile artist resident at the V&A. We talked at ninety miles an hour about our residency experiences and it was very good to meet her.

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Reunion, study visit and paddle

Stephen Bottomley organised a visit to my studio of the Edinburgh College of Art Jewellery and Silversmithing Department and we also rushed round the V&A jewellery gallery.  With my partner in mischief Susan Cross, I led some of the students through the lovely oval pond in the John Madjeski Garden to see the blue grey carved stone in the centre, it was the perfect day for a paddle!

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Alexandra Palace

I visited the Knit and Stitch Show at Alexandra Palace and found the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef had migrated there. It is a huge show with suppliers showing all sorts of materials.

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Origin

I enjoyed both weeks of Craft Council organised Origin and the bonus for me was meeting lots of Edinburgh graduates who were exhibiting their work. I advertised the event on the floor of the studio during open studio sessions exaggerating the perspective of the floor space.

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