Graduate awards by Goldsmiths’ Company given at annual student show.
Two graduate students from Duncan & Jordanstone College of Art & Design and the National College of Art & Design in Dublin have been awarded prizes for their jewellery and silversmithing by the Goldsmiths’ Company at New Designers.
The annual showcase of graduate design talent includes students from jewellery courses across leading UK universities and colleges, as well as silversmiths, textile, graphic and product designers.
At an awards evening held on Wednesday, two students were awarded prizes by the Goldsmiths’ Company for their stand-out work.
The Goldsmiths’ Company award for jewellery was given to Mairi Johnstone of Duncan & Jordanstone College of Art & Design, who got a first on the jewellery and metalwork course.
Her collection, called Come to your Senses scooped the prize, with judges praising it as “a considered collection of work that blends craftsmanship and playfulness”.
Johnstone said: “Winning the award has boosted my confidence to set up on my own. Life is generally very serious, so I like to have fun and enjoy myself and make life lighter.
“From an early age I have loved toys and being a bit of a fidgeter I love to play and this is reflected in my collection.”
A second prize for silversmithing was award by the Goldsmiths’ Company to Noeleen Logue of the National College of Art & Design in Dublin. Her project, called It’s What’s Inside that Counts, was dubbed “an engaging collection of bowls that instantly draw the eye to the small mokume cutout detail.”
Logue said that she now hopes to set up her own studio in Derry or Liverpool, and says the prize money awarded by the Goldsmiths’ Company will help her to realise her goal.
“Technically, the process of raising is something I am passionate about, and I prefer the making to the drawing. I would love to continue making, exhibiting and selling,” she said.
Jewellery Theo Fennell presented the awards to the winning students. He described the students as “amongst the luckiest people in the world because you are making your living doing something you love”.
Sheila Teague of Wright & Teague, Tanja Sharp of the Designers Guild, Alex Monroe and Ed Hole from Weston Beamor were among the judges.
New Designers hosts about 3,500 exhibitors from 200 of the UK’s design courses at an annual event at the Business Design Centre in Angel, London.