Next generation of jewellers unveil new lockdown collections in Glasgow’s Graduate Showcase

Final year Silversmithing & Jewellery graduating students at The Glasgow School of Art have unveiled collections conceived and made during lockdown in Graduate Showcase 2021.

They are among over 500 graduating students from the acclaimed art school to be showing work on the specially-designed digital platform.

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For many of the young designers the time of isolation and their lockdown locations have created the starting point for the creative process, with re-engagement with nature emerging as a major theme.

Some of the designs includes winner of the Silversmith of Year award at both the 2020 and 2021 Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Awards, Scott Smith’s hand-held objects that sit both on the dining table and in the wild Scottish landscapes that shaped their designs and Iona’s Turner’s The Seaweed Gatherer sees the designer literally used knotted wrack seaweed in her pieces.

Anna Gordon, Head of Silversmithing & Jewellery at the GSA says: “Our students have shown great determination, continuing to explore and create work through innovation, imagination and tenacity.”

“Our students have created an exceptional body of work which has been unveiled to a global audience on our Graduate Showcase 2021,” says Professor Penny Macbeth, Director of The Glasgow School of Art. “The Showcase illustrates powerfully the imagination and inventiveness for which GSA students are renowned and enables people to see how different disciplines are approaching the shared concerns of today’s creative thinkers.”