Bayot Heer

In the early 1970s, I crossed the American border into Canada in a Datsun Fairlady with my goldsmithing ‘toolkit’ in the back seat of my car. A few years earlier, while attending university, I’d taken an elective in silversmithing. That course changed everything for me. I began to study silversmithing full time. I knew I wanted to do this for a living. I’d found my passion.

I headed north to Montreal, where I began to establish a goldsmithing career. Eventually I became a faculty member at the Saidye Bronfman Center, where I specialized in teaching silversmithing and enamelling courses. A few years later I was appointed as Department Head of the Silversmithing programme.

After many years of teaching, I left the city and my position at the Saidye Bronfman Center. I moved into a rural property near Perth, Ontario. I just fell in love with the place. It felt like the perfect spot to build a large goldsmithing studio in the countryside. It was here I began my dedicated, full-time career as a goldsmith.

In 1996, I felt it was time for another big change. I was tired of working alone in a rural studio. Around this time, I was invited to work in Kingston alongside Neil Aird, the master goldsmith at Metalworks, as the shop’s second designer and goldsmith. I accepted his offer and worked with Neil until he retired, seven years later. Then I bought Metalworks. Since then – it’s 20 years now! – Metalworks has been my goldsmithing studio. Here I’m able to continue my passion for making and designing authentic custom jewellery for clients from across Canada and around the world.

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