Hot 100 2014: Brian Hill, Craft & Design Council

Consultant secretary on mentoring and inspiring the next generation.

Cultivating success and nurturing talent is part of Brian Hill’s DNA, so when he’s not tending to his sweet peas he’s promoting the best of British silversmithing through the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council.

It’s been a hectic 12 months for Brian, with much of that time spent writing, publishing and launching Silversmithing – A Contemporary Guide to Making, as well as organising the accompanying exhibition and masterclasses that took place at The Goldsmiths’ Centre.

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For Brian, UK silversmithing, design and craftsmanship is more than just a job, it is a lifelong passion forged at the bench. Each page of his hands-on book speaks of accurate making-techniques helping to inform the next generation of British talent.

“Whatever project, assignment or task I take on and address I always aim to ensure that all aspects and areas of consideration are researched well, thoroughly covered and included,” exudes Brian, as he discusses his professional mind-set. This traditional approach to getting things done has served Brian well, and is perhaps what makes him such an efficient horticulturalist.

He continues: “My thorough and somewhat mechanical approach still allows me to breathe, think well, and give 100% attention to my work, which is also enhanced with retaining an open mind and being receptive to accommodating further thoughts.”

Despite his apparent formality, Brian is always on hand to offer advice and guidance to the emerging talents he meets in his day-to-day role. Believing his colleagues would describe him as “a team leader and good ambassador who leads from the front and by example”, Brian recommends stocking-up on fundamental skills, believing in your talents and committing to hard work.

Doing all of this without losing your sense of passion and enthusiasm? It may sound tricky, but for Brian Hill it’s simply a way of life.

Brian Hill was named a Trailblazers in the Professional Jeweller Hot 100 2014, in association with headline sponsor Pandora and principle partner The Company of Master Jewellers.

To read a digital version of the Hot 100 2014 book in full online, click here.



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