Joanna Hardy has over 30 years’ experience working with jewellery, beginning her career as a goldsmith before joining De Beers as a rough diamond valuer. Joanna went on to work in Antwerp as a polished diamond dealer before joining Philips the auctioneers in London. She then moved to Sotheby’s and for fourteen years was their senior jewellery specialist and auctioneer, where she was responsible for jewellery auctions worldwide. Joanna is now a fine jewellery specialist conducting masterclasses and lectures worldwide. Joanna is a Liveryman of the Goldsmiths’ Company and a regular jewellery specialist on the BBC Antiques Roadshow.br >
Christina Jansen is the Managing Director of The Scottish Gallery. The Gallery specialises in contemporary jewellery and metalwork and holds regular exhibitions of senior, mid-career and emerging artists from both the UK and internationally. The Gallery is based in the heart of Edinburgh’s famous new town and has specialised in contemporary art since 1842.
Michael Lloyd graduated from the Royal college of Art in 1976 establishing a studio that specialised in hand raised and chased vessels reflecting his love of his rural surroundings. Michael has been a strong advocate of the necessity to have an understanding both of the craft and the material in the design process and has enjoyed the passage of students through his workshop experiencing his holistic approach to design. His work can be found in most of the major collections in Britain. Commissions include vessels for York Minster, Downing Street and Bute House, and the mace for the Scottish Parliament. He is to date the only silversmith to have been made a Fellow of the Arts Foundation.
Andrew Putland studied at the former Medway College of Design, now the University for the Creative Arts, at Rochester from 1980 to 1984. Immediately after graduating he embarked on a business partnership in silversmithing with fellow student, Carl, forming Padgham & Putland. They offered commissions, trade and production work and in- house design facility. Thirty five years on, their company provides a high quality professional service from a wealth of experience and operation. They have designed and manufactured many fine pieces of silverware, collections and private commissions, building respect, status and an enviable reputation en route. Notable and long term clients are the international jeweller Bulgari and Boodles.
Parallel to his practice, Andrew teaches as a visiting lecturer in silversmithing and goldsmithing, previously at UCA Rochester (1995-2012) and now at the Goldsmiths’ Centre, London. He is Chairman of the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council.
Andrew is a Liveryman of the Goldsmiths’ Company.