For 150 years Hamilton & Inches' talented craftsmen have passed their knowledge and skills from one generation to the next. We are fortunate to have a number of specialists in a variety of fields, who continue to keep the crafts alive through The H&I Academy.
George Douglas undertook work experience at Hamilton & Inches during the 2014 festive period. He went on to complete his school studies (with a focus on his passions of art, craft and design), before returning to Hamilton & Inches the following summer. George is now progressing his career as an apprentice silversmith at the H&I Academy.
Colin Golder is Hamilton & Inches’ award-winning polisher. He has worked at Hamilton & Inches for 24 years and completed his training here. Colin has a great deal of input to the design and production of our silver, guiding how pieces will be assembled to ensure that they can be polished effectively. He has worked on many complex and intricate pieces, such as the Lanark Bell Trophy.
Jon Hunt oversees our commissions, and has been with Hamilton & Inches for 28 years. He meets with customers to understand their desires, purchases raw materials and then consults the team. An award-winning silversmith, Jon created the beautiful Scottish Open trophy and was once responsible for repairing the Calcutta Cup, famously damaged after the 1988 Scotland v England match.
Jimmy Hunter has worked at Hamilton & Inches for 26 years. An expert in luxury jewellery, Jimmy started working as an apprentice jeweller shortly after leaving school. Some of his most notable pieces include the 60 Johnnie Walker decanters he set with 0.5ct diamonds for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and the Lord Provost Jewel which he beautifully restored.
Panos Kirkos joined Hamilton & Inches 27 years ago. He trained in his native Greece before moving to Edinburgh with his wife. Panos is an award-winning silversmith and an expert at chasing - the art of moving silver to produce three-dimensional designs and patterns. His various Hamilton & Inches creations include a crown for Lord Lyon and the University of St Andrews’ 600th anniversary mace.
Paul Kirkos is the son of our master chaser and expert silversmith Panos. He is an apprentice of the H&I Academy, and supported by both the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust and the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation. Paul is perfecting the craft of chasing with his Father in the workshop, and attending art classes to refine his drawing skills.
Ruaridh Malcomson started his career as an apprentice engraver in London’s Hatton Garden and is now Hamilton & Inches’ master engraver. An experienced artist, Ruaridh works with traditional rudimentary tools and materials – including French chalk, oil of wintergreen and specially shaped gravers. He has a passion for intricate designs, particularly Her Majesty the Queen’s Scottish coat of arms.
Chay McClory joined Hamilton & Inches from London’s Hatton Garden. A jeweller for more than 20 years, Chay hand-crafts bespoke engagement rings, jewellery commissions, and carries out intricate jewellery repairs. Commended as a jewellery specialist, he has won the National Association of Goldsmiths Art and Craftsmanship Award on two occasions.
David Ramsay began his Hamilton & Inches career polishing trophies for the 2007 Royal Highland Show. He soon developed an interest in silver and became the workshops’ first modern-day apprentice. David has created a number of sporting trophies at Hamilton & Inches, including replica Scottish Open Championship Quiachs which are awarded to the competition’s winners.