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Jeff Richard Durber

Senior Lecturer, Collaborative Course Leader BA Jewellery and Metalwork (SHU/SHAPE Hong Kong)


Summary

I am a Senior Lecturer in the Sheffield Institute of Arts where I teach on the BA(Hons) Jewellery & Metalwork course. I am also the Collaborative Course Leader for our final year BA Top-up course delivered at the Hong Kong Design Institute, where students follow the same programme of study as our final year BA in Sheffield.

I am passionate about teaching and design education, I strongly believe in the power of art, design and craft based courses in promoting positive change. It is a privilege and a pleasure to be involved in helping students define and respond to design challenges, building their resilience, creative confidence and ability to communicate their ideas and enthusiasm.

About

I am a Senior Lecturer in the Sheffield Institute of Arts where I teach on the BA(Hons) Jewellery & Metalwork course. I am also the Collaborative Course Leader for our final year BA Top-up course delivered at the Hong Kong Design Institute, where students follow the same programme of study as our final year BA in Sheffield.

I am passionate about teaching and design education, I strongly believe in the power of art, design and craft based courses in promoting positive change. It is a privilege and a pleasure to be involved in helping students define and respond to design challenges, building their resilience, creative confidence and ability to communicate their ideas and enthusiasm.

I have always loved making things, the most enjoyable part of my teaching is being able to share this enthusiasm with our students.

I have a broad range of experience, ranging from hand made one-off pieces to batch production using industrial processes.

After graduating my career began with the Brian Asquith Design Partnership, where I was a silversmith involved in producing luxury tableware, medals and awards, ecclesiastical commissions and museum quality reproductions of Christopher Dresser pieces for the Italian company Alessi.

I then started my own practice designing and batch producing high quality pocket knives in Sheffield, making use of laser cutting technology in combination with traditional intensive hand work processes.

I have also worked in engineering, joining Advanced Engineering Techniques LTD in 2000. Here I was involved with CAD, laser cutting & steel fabrication for a wide variety of clients ranging from rail transport to public artwork.

I joined Sheffield Hallam in 2004 and have contributed to all 3 years of the BA Jewellery & Metalwork.

Specialist areas of interest

Exploring the Value of play in promoting creativity and critical thinking

Teaching

Department of Art and Design

Business, Technology and Enterprise

Subject area

Jewellery and Metalwork

Courses

BA Jewellery and Metalwork 

Modules

Module leader for

L4. J&M Materials & Making
L5. J&M Creative Strategies & Skills
L6 Independent Creative Direction (FT/PT Hong Kong)
L6 Independent Creative Practice (FT/PT Hong Kong)

Contributing teaching to

L4. Materials & Making
L4. Creative Practice 1
L4. Critical Reflection 1
L5. Creative Strategies & Skills
L5. Creative Practice 2
L5. Critical Reflection 2
L6. Independent Creative Direction

In Hong Kong

Full Time
L6. Independent Creative Direction
L6. Critical Research Project
L6. Independent Creative Practice

Part Time
L6. Independent Creative Direction
L6. Critical Research Project
L6. Independent Creative Practice

Research

Contributing to 2 post office commissions

  • Peter Kaye - Head Post Office Plaque
  • Ranbir Lal - Post Hall floor repair artwork
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