Four silversmithing students scoop awards at Pewter Live

Four talented silversmithing and jewellery students scooped an assortment of prestigious awards at this year’s national Pewter Live competition in London, showcasing their technical ability and creativity of working with pewter.

Truro and Penwith College Silversmithing and Jewellery degree level student showcasing her Pewter Live winning neck piece.

FdA Silversmithing and Jewellery student, Ceciel Huddlestone Van Oevelen

Aspiring designers and FdA Silversmithing and Jewellery students from Truro and Penwith College were briefed with the idea of creating a celebratory item using pewter, with a modern slant to stand out from the crowd.

Awarded third prize for the student open entry competition, Ceciel Huddlestone Van Oevelen presented her ‘To have and to hold’ Myrtle inspired bridal neck piece. Motivated by Greek Mythology, it is believed that the piece will evoke lasting love and happiness.

She said: “I absolutely loved working with pewter. The material has got a really soft, warm and rounded feel to it. I started off doing evening jewellery classes at Truro College and then enrolled on the FdA Silversmithing and Jewellery degree. From my first year to my second I can really see the progress I’ve made with the support from my tutors.”

“You start off just tentatively making things and what the course gives you is finding out the jeweller and designer you want to be. They truly encourage you to bring that out and to find which direction you want to go in,” she added.

Carly Richards received a ‘Commended’ award for the same category, showing her ‘Rediscovered’ piece: “It’s inspired by the beautiful shapes and textures that are created by being on the sea floor, as well as the natural wildlife that lives there. It has been created to look as if it is a piece of treasure discovered on a shipwreck, which has been brought up to the surface and re-polished.”

The Decorative Arts category then challenged students to design and make a pewter item for the gift market, considering practicality, lifestyle and innovation, with the possibility to be produced in large-scale production.

Silversmithing and Jewellery degree level student making use of Truro and Penwith College's silversmithing workshop

FdA Silversmithing and Jewellery student, Rachel Bishop

Receiving a ‘Commended’ award for her Wabi Sabi lamp design, student Rachel Bishop was thrilled to hear that all of her hard work had paid off: “I am over the moon at receiving a `Commended` from Pewter Live and particularly because I was chosen from the wealth of talent that was in the Decorative Arts category.”

Keen to showcase a range of abilities from her creative career, Rachel incorporated the beading techniques that sparked her love for the craft at the very start: “My inspiration for this lamp is the Japanese design philosophy Wabi Sabi where there is beauty in imperfection, and the sails from Chinese junk boats. I hope to have evoked the feeling of movement and fluidity in my design which has been topped with bright coloured lamp-work beads, also made by myself.”

Jasmine Tyler-Street was then awarded third prize in the same category for her pewter cast woodland chandelier “I am happy with the outcome of my chandelier, because it is aesthetically pleasing, functional, and to scale. I have used many techniques and I have most definitely developed my skills in design and manufacture while studying at Truro College.”

Art and Design Programme Team Leader, Mark Dunford was proud to see four of the degree students receive an award at the competition this year: "Making work to this high level is challenging but to be awarded such clear recognition in a national open student competition in London is absolutely fantastic news. This fine achievement is a tribute to this ancient craft and to the students and their lecturers."

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