Birmingham jewellery school gains industry recognition with national awards victory

Staff and students at Birmingham City University’s School of Jewellery have gained industry praise by scooping a raft of awards national awards.

The annual Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards, which promote the pursuit of excellence in craftsmanship and design in silversmithing, goldsmithing, jewellery and the allied crafts across the UK, presented the school with 11 awards.

Birmingham City University’s School of Jewellery received the College Trophy for the second year running, which is awarded to the institution with the most awarded entrants.

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Jeremy Hobbins, deputy head of the School of Jewellery, said: “It is hugely rewarding to have the excellence and distinctiveness of the education we offer recognised by the industry elite, and for the second year running. There was some really excellent competition and it is a matter of extreme pride that our students clearly hold their own amongst the professionals of the industry.”

Winners at the ceremony, which took place in London on 26 February, included students Hamed Arab Choobdar and Taekyoung Jun, who impressed judges with an octopus-inspired ring.

Lecturer Claire Price received an award for her heart-shaped pendants, recognised as creative and distinctive jewellery that has the potential to be commercially viable.

Professor David Roberts, executive dean of the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media at Birmingham City University, added: “The standard of the work on show was breathtaking and it was so heartening to see our students standing comparison not just with the best of their generation but with long-established practitioners.”

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