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Friday, 26 November 2010

Jewellery Design Exhibition

(from left) Kim Nel (overall Btech winner), Elizka Van Rensburg (overall 3rd year winner) Vassiliki Konstandakellis (HOD), Carol Calligaro (overall 2nd year winner) and Katharina Barth (overall first year winner).

It’s a profession as old as any human activity and requires painstaking concentration, meticulousness, creativity and imagination. And yet again students of the Jewellery Design Department on CPUT’s Cape Town campus have shown they are up to the task.

Speaking at the annual year-end Jewellery Design Graduate Exhibition, Head of Department Vassiliki Konstandakellis praised what she called the students’ consistently fantastic work. “You have great ideas and the work on show is testimony to that. Those of you graduating this year are the future and I know you will make something of it, as unexpected and as challenging as it might be. I hope when you look back on your time here you will see it as one of great challenge and reward. I believe you will feed for many years off the ideas that your peers and lecturers sometimes inadvertently gave you.”

Top students in each year were awarded certificates and prizes, courtesy of the Department’s supportive industry sponsors. These include Cape Precious Metals, Lipman and Son, Jewel Tec, Vadim, Artes, Mathew Huxman, Ajanta, BJ Oberholzer and James Wakabayashi.

While Kim Nel was the overall BTech winner, Elizka Van Rensburg and Katharina Barth scooped top overall student in years three and one respectively. Second year student, Carol Calligaro, excelled by walking away with every award in her year, earning distinctions for all of her subjects.

Konstandakellis urged her students to never be afraid of failure. “Success is often built on the back of having to pick yourself up and try again. Embrace your imagination and creativity and you will do great things as jewellers, for yourself and our industry.”

By Jan Weintrob.

Written by CPUT News