Each year the Incorporation of Goldsmiths runs the Outstanding Student Award for students of jewellery and silversmithing courses.
Scottish art colleges offering jewellery and silversmithing courses at HND level or higher are invited to take part by submitting one student’s design for a goblet, and the winner then paired with an established silversmith to create the goblet.
The 2017 winner, Glasgow School of Art student Rowan Berry, was paired with celebrated silversmith Michael Lloyd, and worked with him to produce her final piece.
The Outstanding Student Award enables students to develop their skills by working alongside some of the UK’s most skilled craftspeople, while also proving the opportunity for those craftspeople to pass their skills onto the next generation. Rowan shared her thoughts on her experience with us.
“Since working with Michael, I have created my own tools int he studio at the Glasgow School of Art, adapting what he showed me to allow me to develop work for my final year studies and degree show. I will continue to develop my creative ‘handwriting’ and I am thankful to Michael for his time, support and genuine care for me and for the project.
I enjoyed the experience immensely, with the greatest part being the confidence Michael has given me to follow my own instinct, carve a path of my own and to remember that there are no right or wrong ways to do things.”
The Incorporation would like to thank Michael for his time and for his ongoing support of our projects.