Jewellery industry training charity the Goldsmiths’ Centre, founded in 2007 by the Goldsmiths’ Company, has unveiled a new initiative designed to provide a platform for up-and-coming jewellery designers.
The ‘Getting Started: Stars in the Making’ programme has already selected its first cohort of young talent.
All participants successfully completed the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s Getting Started 2021 Online course, delivered for the first time digitally, in March 2021.
The course supported over 100 participants from diverse training backgrounds – including UK universities, colleges, jewellery schools and apprenticeships – to get to grips with the fundamentals of starting and running a business.
Applicants were then selected based on the quality of their finished work, or ability to practice a specialised trade skill, and their aptitude to tell the story of their pieces through text and visuals, by a judging panel, made up of Goldsmiths’ Centre staff, as well as guest judges.
Judge and Living Content founder Nyasha Daley explains: “It was an honour to judge ‘The Stars in the Making’ initiative. In these exceptional times, it was especially inspiring to take note of the emerging talent that the UK jewellery industry has to offer.
“All participants should be proud that they made space and took the time to enter their beautiful pieces into this initiative, regardless of whether they are selected.
“The designs chosen from a highly competitive field were focused across a number of considerations, including design quality, technical prowess, commerciality and, of course, expression.
“The high standards of entry, contextual motivations and breadth of design approach, made the judging challenging and all the more enjoyable.”
Three to four makers will each get the opportunity to take part in a series of monthly online ‘Meet the Maker’ events, where they will discuss their practice and inspirations, and will be featured for one week on the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s Instagram channel.
The first cohort of Stars in the Making makers are jewellers Agata Karwowska, Georgie Orme-Brown (TipToe), Isla Cruickshank (&ILC), Kristina Smith (Ark Jewellery), Millicent Bradbury, Ruby Taglight, Sarah Murdoch and jeweller and silversmith Alice Fry and Kelda Young.