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Port Clasgow Student Shines Out From Competition

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

A Port Glasgow girl has been declared winner of a prestigious competition to design a silver goblet for the esteemed Incorporation of Goldsmiths.


Jane McAlinden (35) had been studying a part-time jewellery course at Cardonald College Glasgow before deciding to take on a full-time HND course two years ago, going on to shine in the Incorporation of Goldsmith's respected competition.


It's true to say that Jane's life has turned full-circle in the last three years. Little did she know on embarking on the part-time jewellery course that she'd excel in the field, propel herself into a full-time HND course and articulate straight into the third year of a Jewellery and Silversmithing Degree at Duncan of Jordanstone College in Dundee - one of Scotland's most prestigious art schools. And win a serious jewellery talent competition!


Jane says: "In 2007, I had been studying a part-time jewellery course with Cardonald College Glasgow. At the time, I worked in a contact centre. I'd worked my way up through customer services to an implementation analyst position over a period of ten years, but had just taken a redundancy package.


"I felt sure that going back to work in a contact centre environment was not something I wanted to do. I realised that there was nothing stopping me from studying full-time and considering jewellery as a career. That was when I launched into a full-time HND course with the College."


Jane's talents shone at Cardonald College Glasgow - so much so that she was selected to submit designs for a silver goblet to represent the college in the prestigious Incorporation of Goldsmith's competition.

Anne Clare Graham, Programme Co-ordinator for the HND Jewellery course at Cardonald College Glasgow and recognised jeweller, takes up the tale: "The competiton set by the Incorporation of Goldmiths is usually only open to third year students at the four Scottish art schools: Glasgow School of Art, Edinburgh School of Art, Duncan of Jordanstone and Gray's School of Art at the University of Aberdeen. However, Cardonald College Glasgow has such a good reputation for its jewellery and silversmithing skills that it was asked to submit an entry to the competition this year.

"Jane's creative abilities stood out in the previous year and a half that I'd taught her and her designs for the Incorporation of Goldsmiths submission for a silver goblet were exceptional, so she was our first choice to enter into the competition.

"The fact that Jane's design won the overall competition is testament to her creative talent and to see her hand over the silver goblet that she made in working with established silversmith and former head of Glasgow School of Art and Duncan of Jordanstone jewellery departments, Professor Roger Millar, to the Incorporation of Goldmiths, was just fantastic."

Another chapter that's perhaps even more fantastic in shaping Jane's future is the fact that her jewellery skills have seen her articulate straight into the third year of a jewellery degree course at Duncan of Jordanstone in Dundee - a leap unheard of before in the prestigious art school's history.

Jane says: "I couldn't believe it when I heard I'd won the Incorporation of Goldsmiths award and when I went back to unveil the silver goblet to the Incorporation's panel, it felt like a dream. It was brilliant!


"My life has completely changed since taking up full-time education. My life working in a contact centre seems like five minutes ago - it took up ten years of my life, but I feel so much more fulfilled designing and making jewellery. It was an honour to work with Professor Roger Millar on the goblet too. He is such a renowned silversmith, jeweller and artist. A lot of time and effort went into producing the silver goblet.


"The Cardonald College Glasgow jewellery course was brilliant. I learned so much there that has given me a launch-pad into the third year of a degree course and I couldn't ask for more than that.


"When I first started the HND course, I hadn't even thought of going to art school, but I've learned so much since starting college. It's true to say that the course, the lecturers and their wealth of experience, talent and different ways of thinking opened my mind to other ideas and a new can-do attitude when before I was stuck in a dead-end job. I've come a long way since 2007.


"I'd love to set up my own business one day, but right now I'm engulfed in my studies and contemplating what to write my thesis on for my degree!"


Cardonald College Glasgow, Mosspark Drive, Glasgow G52 3AY. Tel: 0141 272 3333 W: http://www.cardonald.ac.uk/.


ENDS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     November  2010