Our Tutors

All Bishopsland’s tutors are practising specialists from a variety of different backgrounds and disciplines

Dr Malcolm Appleby MA RCA

Master Class Leader and Honorary Fellow of Bishopsland

Malcolm is a pre-eminent British silversmith, with an international following and reputation. Known primarily as an engraver, he applies these skills to jewellery and metal forms. Designs draw from the natural world, myths and elemental ideas, and personal experience.

The decorative process becomes complementary to the final form.

Rod Kelly MA RCA

Master Class Leader and Senior Fellow, commissioned 1985

Rod specialises in low relief chasing, often inlaying details in fine gold. He makes the silver forms and designs are based upon drawn sketches with decorative chased shapes and patterns. Images are derived from the Norfolk countryside that surrounds his workshop, and inspired by frequent trips to the Shetland Islands.

Peter Musson MA RCA

Master Class Tutor

Peter Musson creates sophisticated silverware by smoothly combining the freedom of making by hand with controlled computer techniques.

He embraces the unique decorative finish of both methods and display evidence of this process. The result is silver pieces that are as honest as they are elegant.

Sheila McDonald MA RCA

Master Class Leader

Sheila originally studied Textile Design at the Glasgow School of Art before being drawn towards silversmithing and completing a Masters in Jewellery Design at the Royal College of Art, London.

After many years in Norfolk, Sheila has relocated to Scotland and her current workshop is in Beaverhall Studios, Edinburgh. She also teaches short courses at West Dean College, Chichester.
Sheila is a Freeman of the Goldsmiths’ Company.

Ndidi Ekubia MA RCA

Master Class Leader

Through the use of traditional hand raising techniques and inspirations from her African heritage, Ndidi’s statement pieces take on fluid and sensual forms with both a sculptural and functional identity.

Her work swirls with vitality, and ranges in scale from domestic bowls, drinking vessels and vases, to spectacular wine coolers, salvers and centrepieces. Each year, Ndidi tours shows in Europe and the US, and undertakes commissions for museums and private clients, demonstrations and lecturing.

Chris Green MA

Course Tutor

Since completing his first degree in 1980 Chris has worked in various capacities in the jewellery trade, as well as silversmithing and jewellery education

Rachel Jones MA RCA

Bishopsland Fellow 2011-2012

Rachel’s work is a combination of the simple and beautiful; she seeks to implement this in both jewellery and silverware. Inspired by everyday objects, simple shapes and lines, she designs wearable jewellery and functional objects that are made to last.