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Background and Training

My interest in jewellery and silversmithing started with seeing pieces of silverware that my father used to buy and sell. Being able to look closely at some of the pieces led me to be interested in design and manufacture.

Andrew Poole Silversmith

After leaving school, I started work for Stenigot Estates and trained on a farm management course at Louth College.  This gave me a basic knowledge in machinery maintenance. In 1988 I was able to change direction and start working at the Lincolnshire Antiques Centre, which helped me to direct my interest of antiques and their design.

In 1989 I started my classes at Grimsby Institute studying jewellery and silversmithing.  Over the next few years I continued to study at all the jewellery classes there were and when I had completed all the courses I continued studying on my own developing techniques such as polishing, finishing and engraving.  During this time I was slowly building and equipping my own workshop. I now have a well-equipped studio, which helps me to achieve my individual designs, commissions and repairs.

For the last 6 years I have been teaching on a part-time basis Jewellery and Silversmithing at Grimsby Institute.

 

Exhibitions
Woodhall Spa  Library                                 December 2006
Harding House, Steep Hill,  Lincoln.            Sept 2007
Horncastle College.                                    From 2008 to 2012
Sir Joseph Banks Centre, Horncastle.          March 2011
Sam Scorer Gallery.  Lincoln.                     December 2010
The Hub.  Sleaford.                                   January 2011
Wild at Heart.    Broxholme, Lincoln          October 2007
Alford Manor House.                                  2007 to 2010
Stockwith Mill .                                         2010

Memberships
Treasurer of the Contemporary Crafts Network
Silver Society
Institute for Learning.
East Lindsey Arts Forum

Articles
The Journal                   April  2005
Lincolnshire Pride         January  2005
The Quarterly               March 2012
Bailgate Independent    April 2012