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Two decades of domination for UCA at ‘Jewellery Oscars’

University for the Creative ArtsHRH Princess Michael of Kent attended the Craftsmanship and Design Awards where the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) won the College Trophy for the 20th time in 21 years.

The annual prize-giving, organised by the Goldsmiths’ Design and Craft Council, took place in London on 4 March 2013 where students from UCA Rochester’s BA (Hons) Silversmithing, Goldsmithing and Jewellery course took home four other awards.

UCA has won the prestigious College Trophy at the so-called ‘Jewellery Oscars’ every year but twice since it was first introduced 22 years ago.

Subject leader, Robert Birch, said: “We are all delighted to win the College Trophy for the 20th year and keep UCA’s enviable record going.

“This year’s results were personally very gratifying because the course increased the number of individual prizes it won and achieved twice as many points as the second-placed university.

“These awards are a fantastic opportunity for our students to receive recognition at the highest level but even those who did not win a prize will have gained a great deal from being exhibited in the Council’s highly prestigious exhibition.”

Student successes at ceremony included a Gold Award for Mafalda Manteigas in the Fine Jewellery category. Alma Geller won Silver in the same category.

Silver awards were also presented to UCA’s Kyosun Jung (Medal Design) and Naomi Nevill (Modellers). There were commendations for Adam McLaren, Gemma Main and Grace Honeybul.

Gold Award winner Mafalda Manteigas, who is 20 and from Portugal, studied at UCA for a semester as part of an exchange programme with her Product Design course in her home country.

She said: “I’m extremely grateful and happy to receive this recognition. Winning has encouraged me to continue designing jewellery and to be bold in my inspiration and designs for pieces.

“I can’t believe that this has actually happened, as this was my first go at designing jewellery rather than general Product Design which I study in Lisbon. I think it’s certainly time to come back to England and make some more jewellery.”

UCA tutor Lynne MacLachlan achieved Gold for her Gallery Jewellery designs, which also picked up the The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office London Special Award. Graduates of the course also represented the course in their professional endeavours with Gold Awards going to Richard Gamester, Sanni Falkenberg, Victoria Freeman and Sarah Hooker.

Fellow graduate Emma Perry presented the Royal Patron, HRH Princess Michael of Kent, with a bouquet of flowers on behalf of the Council.

The Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council was founded in 1908 and today it still carries forward its original remit to encourage, stimulate and promote the pursuit of excellence in craftsmanship and design amongst all those in the United Kingdom engaged in silversmithing, goldsmithing, jewellery and allied crafts.

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