Jennifer Gray awarded the first RCoA scholarship

The Goldsmiths’ Company chooses a silversmith as first recipient

The Goldsmiths’ Company has recently chosen silversmith, Jennifer Gray, a graduate of Glasgow School of Art, to be the recipient of its first Royal College of Art Scholarship.

The bursary is designed to alleviate the burdens of financial strains whilst studying with the chosen applicant having demonstrated “outstanding practical ability and potential in craftsmanship and design and needs financial support during their time at the Royal College of Art”. In addition the selection panel were looking for an outstanding silversmith with an ambition to pursue their craft to the highest level and a commitment to a career in the industry. The successful candidate also had to have a proven track record of excellence in design, technical awareness and manufacturing processes.

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Karin Paynter, of the Goldsmiths’ Company’s technology and training department, who developed the scholarship programme together with the Royal College’s head of department of applied arts (department of goldsmithing, silversmithing, metalwork and jewellery) Professor Hans Stofer and Senior Tutor Michael Rowe said: “Jennifer was chosen as she is clearly very talented, not only as a designer but she is also fully aware of all the technical processes required to be a master silversmith”. The selection panel comprised Karin Paynter, Peter Taylor, silversmith Richard Fox and Professor Gerald Whiles.

To date Gray has been granted £2,000 to help with living costs, a £2,000 precious metal bursary and the Royal College has received a cheque for £2,500 to go towards her tuition fees.

Peter Taylor, director of technology and training, said: “The Company is constantly striving to improve its support for excellence in craftsmanship and design and it recognises that today’s students have to cope with many burdens during their studies – particularly financial ones. The Company’s new Royal College of Art Scholarship is designed to alleviate any such burdens by providing one Royal College of Art postgraduate student with not only financial help but also mentoring support over the two years of their course.”