Revealed: Setting Out Participants 2017

by: Nazanean Shirani


The Goldsmiths’ Centre is delighted to reveal this year’s Setting Out cohort 2017 of the best emerging talent in jewellery, silver and metalwork. All participating start-ups will benefit from studio space at the Goldsmiths' Centre and a year of intensive business, design and product development training, helping them to transition from the bench into successful businesses of their own. So who are this year’s new designer-makers? Keep an eye out for their work on display later in the year.

Rachel Balfour

Fine Jeweller

Rachel Balfour established her fine-jewellery brand in 2016 with the belief that jewellery is more than an accessory. The individual pieces we choose to wear always have meaning and significance and are often an expression of love, loyalty and inner strength. Having trained in Silversmithing and Jewellery Design at Kensington and Chelsea College London, she was selected under the top ten in E.C. One’s Unsigned Awards and took part in the Goldsmiths’ Centre business taster programme, Getting Started, in 2016.

IG: @rachelbalfouruk


Ellis Mhairi Cameron

Fine Jeweller

Ellis Mhairi Cameron is a Scottish fine jeweller whose work explores the concept of topophilia, the definition for a sense of place, with fragmented rock textures used to convey a sense of the landscapes from the Scottish Highlands. Collaging subtle textures and forms, her Ancestry collection also takes inspiration from the architecture of medieval Scottish buildings, of castles and ruined houses.First graduated from The Glasgow School of Art in 2014 with First Class Honours in Silversmithing and Jewellery, she then completed her Master’s in Jewellery Design at Central St Martins in 2017, graduating with a Distinction.

IG: @ellismhairicameron


Leonid Dementiev

Jewellery Designer / Maker

Having grown up and lived in Russia, Nepal and England, Leonid has a passion for craftsmanship and metal work which stems from his family heritage. His great-grand-father was a well-known and self-taught black and silversmith in Southern Russia and inspired Leonid’s work from early childhood. Having graduated from with a degree in Jewellery Design from Central St Martins in 2014, his creative approach to design is to encourage and point out the individuality and elegance of the wearer, to inspire confidence, enchant and empower.

IG: @dementievleonid


Lukas Grewenig

Jewellery Designer

German jewellery designer Lukas Grewenig's work is very process driven and often involves extensive theoretical or material research. His objects explore the demands of materials as well as how objects can stand for or point towards intangible concepts or ideas. First graduated from Pforzheim University in 2012, he completed his postgraduate degree at the Royal College of Art in 2017 in Jewellery and Metal.

IG: @lukasgrewenig


Sam Hamilton

Jewellery Designer / Maker

Sam Hamilton established her high-end jewellery brand SAM HAM in 2016. The jewellery designer seeks to subvert stereotypically masculine and feminine aesthetics by crafting pieces that are heavy in the hand and substantial on the body. She initially trained at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin and then Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School in Florence, Italy. Most recently she participated in the ‘Shape the Future’ exhibition at The National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny, Ireland.

IG: @samhamdesign


Roxanna Moznabi

Jewellery Designer / Maker

Roxanna Moznabi takes her inspiration from the artistic and romantic cultural history of Persian designs, legends and motifs, and creates luxury collections and one off pieces. Combining her research with a love of architecture, and exploration of different cultures and styles, she creates dynamic, exotic and contemporary designs using a fusion of traditional methods, combined with the latest technology. Having graduated from Birmingham City University, her jewellery is built to last, to become a precious treasure that will be passed down through generations.

IG: @moznabi_jewellery


Malgorzata Mozolewska

Jewellery Designer / Maker

Founder of contemporary jewellery brand Mocielli, Malgorzata Mozolewska aims to enhance people’s lives through her jewellery. She strives to revive the tradition of using symbols in jewellery, creating meaningful objects that accompany the wearer through life. Her detailed jewellery can also be transformative – her pieces are made up of multiple parts and can be worn in many different ways. With a background in product design, she has found it immensely satisfying working with products on a smaller scale.



Jessica Pass 

Jewellery Designer / Maker

Having grown up in the Peak District, Jessica Pass has a love of nature which heavily influences her designs. She creates highly intricate miniature sculptures which adorn the body and depict the natural world from insects to fauna. Having completed her degree in Jewellery Design at Central Saint Martins, she then studied Jewellery and Metal at the Royal College of Art, and graduated in June 2017.


Click here to find out more about Setting Out and apply for 2018.