QEST to Showcase Support for Specialist Skills at Elements

6th October 2023

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QEST is excited to make our debut at Elements – Scotland’s only selling fair of contemporary jewellery, silver and gold – taking place in the stunning Lyon & Turnbull auction house in Edinburgh from 27-29 October.

Find us in the Upper Gallery, alongside organisations from across the UK which provide essential opportunities and support for makers at all stages of their careers, and underscore the intrinsic value of passing on skills, community and collaboration in the industry.

QEST will be joined by silversmith and 2023 QEST Scholar Annabel Hood, who was awarded funding to expand her traditional hand engraving skills through one-to-one training with master engraver Karen Wallace.

The training is focused on engraving on steel – specifically British shotguns – as there is a shortage of gun engravers in the UK and an urgent need to train young engravers to preserve the traditional craft.

Annabel is excited to return to Elements after exhibiting in 2022.

“This year I will be showing a selection of my hand engraved silverware, with pieces from my glacial flow collection that looked at climate change and the effect this has on glaciers. I will also be showing the sample pieces I have been working on as part of my QEST scholarship showcasing some examples of traditional gun engraving on of steel.”

Annabel Hood

Now in its eighth year, Elements brings together the finest jewellers and silversmiths from across the UK. Amongst the exhibiting designer makers, you’ll also find the following QEST Scholars.

QEST Scholar Sian Evans will be exhibiting her jewellery at the Festival, inspired by her interests in archaeology, fashion, geology nature and sustainable technologies

She will be talking further about this work in a panel discussion on the Saturday evening: Scottish Stones, Historical & Contemporary with historian Dr Sarah Laurenson and Jewellers and fellow exhibitor Stefanie Cheong.

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QEST Famous Grouse Scholar and silversmith Bryony Knox will be exhibiting at Elements for the sixth time.

“I feel very fortunate to be able to take part in a show of high calibre and in my home town of Edinburgh” Bryony commented.

“My work is made to be held, used and played with, so Elements is the perfect place to engage with the public, meet clients (old and new) and let people really interact with the silver.”

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