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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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