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Three photographs (left to right): Virginia Mackie working in studio / Silver box having just been fired / Handmade silver box with lid

Student Stories: Virginia Mackie and Introduction to Silversmithing

Written by Hamish Chohan
Published date 12 November 2019

Our 2 week Christmas School is coming up in a few weeks, so we want to inspire you to do something completely different and pick a short course that takes you out of your comfort zone. Meet Virginia Mackie, she’s a Marketing Manager by day, but last summer she joined Linda Robertson’s Introduction to Silversmithing and went on to create a beautifully crafted silver box while on the course.

Virginia Mackie

What is your occupation and where are you from?

I am a Marketing Manager and I am from London.

What short course did you study on?

I picked the 1 week intensive Introduction to Silversmithing.

What did you enjoy most about your course?

How very hands on the course is.

How has this course benefited your career and personal development?

Taking the course has shown me that this is definitely something I want to progress in - maybe not professionally, but definitely personally.

Virginia Mackie and Introduction to Silversmithing

What would you say to someone who is thinking about taking a short course at Central Saint Martins?

Go for it! The teaching and facilities are both fantastic.

What do you believe is integral to the work of an artist, in any discipline?

Good eyesight, patience and space to experiment.

What three words best describe your short course experience at CSM?

Inspiring, exciting and confidence-building.

Virginia Mackie

If you’re feeling inspired, Introduction to Silversmithing returns in November and we have places available to book right now.

Try something completely new! You can choose from Introduction to Drawing to Patternmaking - Level 1 or even our Introduction to Making Latex Clothes Workshop or How to Start Your Own Fashion Business. With so much on offer, we can't wait to see what your next steps are!

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