Portrait of an Artisan> Scott Wilk

Artfest Kingston Booth B9

Scott Wilk, BFA, FCGmA

Born in London, Ontario, my metalsmithing ambitions began when I enrolled in the Bealart program in 1996. In that program I learned the fundamentals of composition and design and developed my interest in sculpture and metalsmithing.

In 1998, I was accepted at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. During my studies, I concentrated on and refined my design and metalsmithing skills. After my wife acquired her Master of Science degree in 2004, we moved back to Ontario and I decided to pursue my metalsmithing aspirations full time.

I am also a certified gemmologist. I studied at the Canadian Gemmological Association and graduated from their professional gemmology course in 2007.

I'm currently studying horology in my spare time(little though it may be) through the British Horological Institute to further my knowledge in the world of watchmaking.

My interest in watches has developed over a long period of time, but only because serious when I started working at a little jewellery and watch repair shop. Over the number of years I worked there, I developed my watch repair and fabrication knowledge and I started prototyping watches of my own design. After my employment there came to an end, I decided to switch the focus of my artistic endeavours from jewellery to watches. Though I still create jewellery, making watches is now my main focus.
I use a variety of materials in my watches, including but not limited to: stainless steel, silver, gold, platinum, copper, brass and niobium. Being from a jewellery background, I try and keep as many jewellery techniques in my watchmaking processes as possible. This is most apparent on the dials of my watches. From using oxidizers and patinas to resin enamels and anodized colourings, I stray away from traditional watchmaking the most in area. You won’t find any printed designs or characters on my dials, all the designs in my dials are laser milled down into the surface of each dial and sometimes filled in with a resin enamel or luminous powders. I try and bring techniques  and experience from every facet of my career and education into my watches to make them as unique and distinctive as possible.

Posted on June 19, 2012 .