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Our H&I Team

Our H&I Team



For 150 years Hamilton & Inches' talented craftspeople and showroom team 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.

Colin Golder

Master Polisher


Colin Golder is Hamilton & Inches’ award-winning polisher. He has worked at Hamilton & Inches for 24 years and completed his training here. Colin has great input into 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.

Panos Kirkos

Master Silversmith


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 chasing expert - the art of moving silver to produce three-dimensional designs. His Hamilton & Inches creations include a crown for Lord Lyon and the University of St Andrews’ 600th anniversary mace.

Ruaridh Malcomson

Master Engraver


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 HM the Queen’s Scottish coat of arms.

Chay McClory

Master Jeweller


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

Silversmith


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.

Paul Kirkos

Silversmith


Paul Kirkos is the son of our master chaser and expert silversmith Panos. He has recently graduated as 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.

George Douglas

Apprentice Silversmith


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.

Dario Batzella

Hand Engraver


Having studied a number of techniques, including engraving, at the Italian mint in Rome, Dario Batzella moved to Edinburgh to work for Hamilton & Inches in May 2017 as an Engraver. Since joining the team, he has created award-winning pieces and brought a wealth of artistry, passion and talent.

Jenna Watson

Goldsmith


Jenna Watson joined the Hamilton & Inches team as a Trainee in 2018. A recent graduate of the H&I Academy, she has gone on to work on many complex and exciting projects, being heavily involved from the design phase through to the intricate creation of exquisite pieces.

Ruth Page

Trainee Silversmith


Ruth joined the team following a three-month placement as part of her BA (hons) degree in Jewellery and Silversmithing at the Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh. Achieving the prestigious “Outstanding Student of the Year Award” in 2019, Ruth has a passion for silverwork, taking contemporary inspirations from the urban landscape around her. Her exceptional skill for design brings a modern perception on a timeless craft.

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