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School of Jewellery Degree Show 2018

Time once more for the School of Jewellery Graduate Show, the chance for our students to stop being students and show off what they have done with their shiny new qualifications. It feels like a bumper year, too.

The graduate show ran for a week with two private views, one for “Friends and Family” and one for our industry partners, each having a very different character. The graduates themselves ran the first “Friends and Family” night with a band, a rather excellent bar (with sponsorship from local Purecraft Bar), and an introduction from our own starry Chancellor, Lenny Henry!

Graduate Show Opening - 2018 - 7
Graduate Show Opening - 2018 - 4

Graduate Show Opening - 2018 - 2

Lots of proud mums and dads, grandparents, partners, siblings and friends. An excellent night all round.
The industry night had a rather different complexion, it also being the night of our prize-giving when the jewellery, horology and gemmology trade, as well as designers and makers and supporting organisations generously give prizes for the best work in the show.

School of Jewellery - Graduate Show 2018 - 4
Lorna McNaught being presented with a prize by Head of School, Professor Stephen Bottomley and Ellen McAdam, Director of Birmingham Museums Trust, our guest speaker for the evening.

Over 42 prizes were awarded from the industry both locally and internationally, including from HS Walsh, The Birmingham Assay Office, Betts Metal Sales, Weston Beamor, The Association for Contemporary Jewellery, Regent Silversmiths, The Scottish Gemmological Association, The Birmingham And Midland Institute, Cartier, Maun Industries and many, many more.

School of Jewellery - Graduate Show 2018 - 5 - Tyler Davies
Horologist, Tyler Davies receiving a prize from the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers with Jeremy Hobbins, Course Director of the Horology Course.
School of Jewellery - Graduate Show 2018 - 9 - Hayley Volkering
Hayley Volkering accepting a prize from Maun Industries.

Of course, in order to win these prizes, the work has to be exceptional and this year’s show is very strong. Here are just a few of our most interesting exhibits:

Graduate Show Opening - 2018 - 5
Handmade clocks by Tyler Davies (left) and Kate Thomson (right) from the BA Horology course.
Graduate Show Opening - 2018 - 9
Work exploring “the abject” by Tilly Wright of the BA Jewellery and Object.
School of Jewellery - Graduate Show 2018 - 2 - Zhixuan Liang
Brooches made as part of a photographic exploration. Zhixuan Liang of the BA Jewellery and Object.
School of Jewellery - Graduate Show 2018 - 13 - George Harrow
Silver salt-and-pepper shakers by George Harrow of the HND Jewellery and Silversmithing.
School of Jewellery - Graduate Show 2018 - 18 - Erica Laver
Sketchbook work for fashion jewellery by Erica Laver. HND Jewellery and Silversmithing.
School of Jewellery - Graduate Show 2018 - 28 - Yiru Weng
Objects by Jiru Weng. BA Jewellery and Object.
School of Jewellery - Graduate Show 2018 - 30 - He Fei
Silver and wood object by He Fei. BA Jewellery and Object.
School of Jewellery - Graduate Show 2018 - 33 - Lanyue Zhang
Wearable object work by Lanyue Zhang. Graduate Certificate Jewellery and Related Products.
School of Jewellery - Graduate Show 2018 - 36 - Andrew Cowley
Fine jewellery work by Andrew Cowley. BA Jewellery and Silversmithing Design For Industry.
School of Jewellery - Graduate Show 2018 - 38 - Hon Chun
Fine jewellery work by Hon Chun. BA Jewellery and Silversmithing Design For Industry.
School of Jewellery - Graduate Show 2018 - 40 - Elinn Yi Fang
Jewellery by Elinn Yi Fang. BA Jewellery and Object.

Overall, an excellent show.

Images courtesy of Dauvit Alexander – School of Jewellery – Birmingham City University.

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