Graduating students from Birmingham School of Jewellery showcased their final collections to key members of the jewellery industry on 15th June. This year’s exhibition celebrated the student achievements and was the culmination of their hard work and dedication. The exhibition provided a unique insight into jewellery and silversmithing across a variety of courses which span the breath of the School’s discipline. The work on display ranged from jewellery and silversmithing, which exhibit high levels of traditional craftsmanship, to work which challenges conventions and offers new ideas, materials and techniques.
Students across all of the courses represented at the exhibition demonstrated a high level of skill and have produced work of the highest quality. Amongst them is Kate Tilt who, having completed her HND in Jewellery Design and spent time working in the industry for a number of leading jewellery manufacturing companies, returned to the School to undertake the BA (Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing Design for Industry course.
The course, which is now in its second year, provides a unique opportunity to understand the role and significance of a designer within the jewellery and silversmithing industry. It provides students with the opportunity to take part in collaborative projects with the industry which offer a sound knowledge of the market, developing business and entrepreneurship within a professional environment.
Kate Tilt received The Birmingham Assay Office Award which was judged by Kay Alexander (Chairman), Kathy McMillen (Hallmarking Operations Manager) and Fay Grove (Hallmarker). The Award was presented to Kate Tilt during the Industry Evening for her outstanding work.
Kate’s passion and skills lie in designing and making contemporary precious jewellery. She has produced three stunning jewellery collections that speak for themselves and at the Industry Evening The Birmingham Assay Office Award was presented to her for the ‘Pod Collection’ which is inspired by the simplicity of nature.