Central Scotland School Of JewelleryCentral Scotland


The school is led by Jo Pudelko who is an experienced tutor and jewellery lecturer who also runs a successful jewellery business. Other regular tutors include Cecilia Stamp, an experienced jeweller as well as a textiles & print designer and Jenna McDonald, a contemporary jeweller specialising in aluminium. The school is also pleased to welcome the expertise of Jan Rooney who has over ten years of experience in teaching jewellery. Claire Moore’s experience in commercial jewellery is a wonderful addition to our skill set and we are also lucky to have a fantastic group of visiting tutors teaching weekend workshops on a range of exciting techniques.

Jo Pudelko

Jo Pudelko is a professional, contemporary jewellery artist who graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2006 and was awarded a scholarship to continue her studies to Postgraduate level.  She has ten years professional experience and her work is consistently selected for national and international exhibitions including ‘Selected’ at the Dovecot, Edinburgh and SOFA in Chicago in 2013. Her work has also been featured in several books.

Jo is the Lead Tutor at the Central Scotland School of Jewellery and an experienced jewellery instructor. For the past six years she have been teaching at Edinburgh College of Art where her main focus is the delivery of technical and design skills for first year students within the Jewellery & Silversmithing department. She has also been a visiting lecturer within the 3D Design department at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen and the Jewellery department at Duncan of Jordanstone.  Jo also teaches a weekly evening class in Edinburgh.

Cecilia Stamp

Inspired by abstract forms from machinery, architecture and the man-made, Cecilia creates graphic and super wearable contemporary jewellery. With an eye for colour and shape, she uses various materials including enamel, resin and precious metals to make each piece by hand in her studio in Glasgow. As well as her ready-to-wear range, Cecilia takes commissions ranging from custom colour-ways to wedding bands and engagement rings.

Cecilia graduated with First Class Honours in Jewellery & Silversmithing from Edinburgh College of Art, and went on to complete an MDes in Printed Textiles from the School of Textiles & Design, Galashiels.

As well as jewellery, Cecilia is a freelance textiles and print designer.

Jenna McDonald

Jenna McDonald is a Perthshire-based contemporary Jewellery Designer. Graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone in 2009 with an Honours Degree in Jewellery & Metalwork, Jenna has exhibited and sold her work throughout the UK and internationally. Opening her independent retail business in 2012, Jenna promoted some of Scotland’s leading contemporary designers alongside her own work for over six years.

Today she works from her home studio where she creates statement pieces of jewellery inspired by her natural surroundings. Working predominately with anodised aluminium allows her to explore her love of colour resulting in vibrant and striking collections. Jenna supplies her jewellery to several Scottish retailers and attends design markets and fairs.

Jan Rooney

Originally from the Midlands, Jan moved to Scotland in 2002 to study at The Glasgow
School of Art and Design. Jan successfully attained a First class BA Hons degree,
specialising in Silversmithing and Jewellery. In her 3rd year she had the opportunity to
study at the Hiko Mizuno College of Jewellery in Japan for 6 months. Studying in Japan inspired Jan’s style and unique approach to her designs and the materials she works with. Her inspiration has continued to evolve with subsequent travels and you will see subtle flavors of Morocco, India, and Mexico, just to name a few of the
countries she has visited, visible in her work.

Jan’s exploration of the different cultures, architectural shapes, textures of materials and techniques are all central to her designs and creations. She absorbs her
surroundings and then develops and creates beautiful designs that evoke memories
through their association, form, shape, colour and texture. Jan is naturally drawn to creating pieces that are inspired by flowers, due to her other great passion – floristry. Jan has been involved in floristry since she was fifteen and Jan now combines her two loves of floristry and jewellery working full time as a practicing designer, maker and teacher within both specialisms.

Claire Moore

Having completed her degree in jewellery design and making at Duncan of Jordanstone, Claire served her apprenticeship with a reputable jeweller for 9 years before going into business with her colleague and mentor Steven Heggie and his wife Sharon. In June 2018 they opened their jewellery shop on Linlithgow High Street – Jewellery by Design and have had a very successful first year. Shown here are a few pieces from their Palace Collection, designed by Claire and inspired by the beautiful burgh of Linlithgow.

Nicola Fabian

Nicola’s work is inspired by the fragmented and sometimes ambiguous memories of her childhood in South Africa, and of her mother’s jungle of a garden there. Arrangements of leaves, flowers and seed pods that remind me of home have been used to translate my memories into tangible objects. Transformed into metal through the process of casting, these natural elements are an imperfect and evocative memory of the original form and encapsulate the ephemeral nature of my memories.

Nicola is a recent graduate of Edinburgh College of Art and in 2018 was the recipient of the prestigious Goldsmiths Precious Metal Bursary Award.

Nicola supervises our open bench rental sessions and provides support across the school.

Ailsa Ritchie

Ailsa is a Glasgow School of Art graduate and now creates striking jewellery from her studio in the eclectic Hidden Lane. She is well known for her contemporary enamel work, combining traditional powder enamel with industrial techniques to transfer her fluid drawing style directly onto the metal. She has a fascination with insects and draws inspiration from beetles, exploiting their seemingly endless variations to create mesmerising repeat patterns.

Ailsa co-tutors the Thursday evening class alongside Jo.

a jeweller working at a bench

Kate McLaughlin

Kate Maclaughlin is the founder of contemporary minimal jewellery brand, Align Jewellery. After studying architecture at Edinburgh College of Art and a decade long architectural career; Kate’s design method and aesthetic values became so deeply embedded that they’ve proved impossible to shake off, and are now the core of the Align design aesthetic. Kate and the Align Jewellery studio are based in Perth, and Kate has a wealth of teaching experience from many years of running workshops.

Kate joins Jo on t Wednesday evening classes as co-tutor.

Stephanie Colvan

Stephanie is one of CSSJ’s greatest success stories. Having been a loyal student for some years Stephanie has refined her skills, developed her designs, and has gone on to found her own jewellery business, Happy Callie Designs. She has developed a bold, minimal geometric style using many of the skills taught here at CSSJ, and we’re delighted to have her here with us to pass on what she has learned.

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