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Maria Fidelis Student Strikes Gold

Goldsmiths' Craft & Design Council Awards:

Winners honoured at Goldsmiths' Hall

Former Maria Fidelis School student Gabriella Kucharska, currently following a Jewellery and Silversmithing Foundation Course at The Goldsmiths’ Centre was honoured at the Goldsmiths’ craft and design council awards. She was presented with the Gold award for her 2D Fashion Jewellery design work. Gabriella produced designs for a feather boa necklace in platinum and palladium to the design brief of ‘Party, Party, Party!’ 

Goldsmiths' Craft & Design Council Awards:

Winners honoured at Goldsmiths' Hall 

The formal presentation ceremony for the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council’s annual competition and exhibition took place at the Goldsmiths’ Hall in London on Monday March 2nd 2015. The awards, sponsored by Cartier, embrace every aspect of craft and design activity currently being practiced in the UK industry, making the Awards unrivalled in the UK. 

Former Maria Fidelis School student Gabriella Kucharska, currently following a Jewellery and Silversmithing Foundation Course at The Goldsmiths’ Centre was honoured at the Goldsmiths’ craft and design council awards. She was presented with the Gold award for her 2D Fashion Jewellery design work. Gabriella produced designs for a feather boa necklace in platinum and palladium to the design brief of ‘Party, Party, Party!’

On receiving the Award Gabriela said: “Two years ago I came to the Goldsmiths' Craft & Design Awards exhibition on a visit with Maria Fidelis School. Now, to have my work judged by experienced and respected practitioners jewellers and silversmiths within our profession and to win such an award is a wonderful accolade.”  (Gabriella is now hoping to gain a placement on a full jewellery and silversmithing apprenticeship, beginning later this year.)

All together a total of 111 winners were honoured in 23 categories, including 22 Gold Awards, 36 Silver Awards and 53 Commendations from more than 600 entries.

The Goldsmiths Craft and Design Council vice chairman Jos Skeates said: “I think it was a really wonderful awards ceremony this year. I think we did what we were supposed to do, which is to celebrate the best in craftsmanship and design in this country and there were definitely some worthy winners. The work was contemporary, beautifully made and was everything that we hope to do in the UK.”

(Another former Maria Fidelis student, Sharon Alvarez - second from the right, is following a full jewellery and silversmithing apprenticeship with Jos Skeates, sponsored by The Goldsmiths’ Company.)

GCDC chairman Mark Huggins said: “This competition encourages, promotes and celebrates excellence in technical skill and originality in craftsmanship and design. I think it is vital that we continue to encourage and recognise excellence in the jewellery industry and there is no better way than through the Design & Craft Council awards. These elements remain central to the continued success of our industry and I would like to pay tribute to all those who entered and the winners honoured with Awards this year."

In its 109th year, the awards were supported by a number of trade companies, associations individuals and sponsors. Known affectionately as the jewellery Oscars, the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council actively encouraged industry craftsmen, designers, apprentices and students to enter their work in the awards.

“We saw so many young apprentices win major awards and it’s very encouraging to see craftsmanship coming to the forefront of these jewellery Oscars. We are very excited to be a part of it.”

The competition covered a broad range of craft and design activities in the profession, including specialist areas such as diamond mounting, setting, silversmithing, chasing, enamelling, 2D design, CAD, smallwork and technology.

Maria Fidelis Catholic School Design and Technology department offers GCSE and BTEC vocational courses in jewellery and silversmithing in conjunction with The Goldsmiths’ Company and Camden Education. Applications for the the courses are open to Year 10 and Year 11 students in all Camden secondary schools and colleges.

Mr T Courtney-Diggins - Head of Design and Technology

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