Winners Announced for the 5th National Secondary Schools Jewellery Design Competition

We are thrilled to announce the winners of this year's National Secondary Schools Jewellery Design Competition, marking its fifth edition. Themed around "Climate Change: Endangered Species," this year's competition inspired over 700 entries from talented young designers across the country.

The competition was judged by an esteemed panel including Sandra Gunn, Chair of Craft Scotland; jeweller Maeve Gillies; and Peter Crump, Managing Director of Vipa Designs Ltd and Chairperson of the Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council. The judges were deeply impressed by the high standard of entries, reflecting remarkable creativity and thoughtful engagement with the theme.

We are proud that our college actively collaborates with schools to foster creativity and design skills among students. We conduct workshops, provide resources, and offer mentorship programs that allow students to explore and refine their artistic talents. These initiatives aim to bridge the gap between academic learning and practical application, encouraging students to pursue careers in the creative arts. Curriculum Head for Craft and Design, Lisa McGovern expressed:

"This annual competition has proven to be an excellent platform for raising awareness about climate issues and heritage crafts. It is inspiring to see young talents addressing these important themes through their innovative designs. Furthermore, this competition highlights the diverse opportunities available in our jewellery courses here at the college."

We are eagerly anticipating the 3D printing and casting of Scott Bannister's winning design in silver, generously reclaimed from discarded NHS X-ray film by Vipa Designs. This initiative embraces the creativity of our young designers and underscores the importance of sustainability in the craft of jewellery design.

Congratulations to all the winners and participants for their incredible efforts and inspiring designs. Your work has truly shone a light on the urgent issue of endangered species and the impact of climate change.

We look forward to seeing more innovative designs in the years to come!