I am a jewellery designer based in Cape Town, South Africa and Dublin, Ireland. A little bit of background : I am a graduate of Cape Town Peninsular University of Technology. Between 2005 and 2009 I completed a BTech degree in Jewellery Design and Manufacture and graduated top of my class. In those 5 years we are trained as silversmiths, learning metalworking techniques, drawing and design.
This training also included hand manufacturing in 18ct gold and platinum in our final 2 years. I also partook in a national platinum competition, PlatAfrica in 2008 and 2009. I enjoy manufacturing in alternative materials such as wood and resin and combining them with precious metals. Design is a definite passion of mine and I relish in a new aesthetic challenges.
I am currently enrolled at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, in a 2 year MA degree.
Name and Contact Details:
Masters Degree in Design (Metals):
CGM, National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland 2010 – 2012
BTech Degree : Jewellery Design and Manufacture: Cum Laude
Cape Town Peninsula University of Education, Jan 2008- Dec 2009.
National Diploma: Jewellery Design and Manufacture
Cape Town Peninsular University of Education, Jan 2005- Dec 2007.
Awards and Competitions:
2012 Future Makers Student Innovation Award winner
2011 Futuremakers Special Student award winner
2011 Futuremakers Material Grant award winner
2009 Top BTech Student Award
2009 Top BTech Practical Student Award
2008 PlatAfrica Competition – (Design and Manufacture) – Top 40 Student Award
2006 Top 2nd Year Overall Student Award
2006 Top 2nd Year Design Award
2005 Top 1st Year Design Award
February 2008 till April 2009 –Designer at Marios Jewellers, Cape Town, South Africa.
2012 NCAD Postgraduate Exhibition show, 8th June – 17th June 2012
2012 Jewellery as Art, Cill Rialaigh, Ballinaskelligs, Co Kerry 18th March – May 2012
2011 Wrapping Up for Christmas 2011, Talbolt Gallery, Dublin, 2nd Dec – 23rd Dec.
2011 Winter Open Show 2011, RUA RED, Tallaght, Dublin. 12th Nov – 10th Dec.
2011 CCOI Future Makers Exhibition, Wandersford Gallery, Cork 11 Oct – 4th Nov
2011 Institute of Designers in Ireland: Best of Graduate Design, Dublin, NCAD Gallery 16th Sept – 5th Nov
2011 Interior Design and Art Fair, Future Makers, RDS Dublin 13th – 15th May
2010 Design Tree – Design Week, Dublin: 3rd November – 7th November
2009 BTech Degree Graduate Exhibition – CPUT Jewellery Department
2007 National Diploma Graduate Exhibition – CPUT Jewellery Department
2011 9th-15th July at the RHA Gallery in Dublin
2011 New Rings by Nicolas Estrada, Publisher Thames and Hudson, April 2011
2010 The Jewelery Magazine– June 2010 “Special Report – South Africa 2010 – Theresa Burger & Africa Rich Collection” A Korean Jewellery Publication.
Jewellery manufacture and bench skills: all basic metal smithing and jewellery manufacturing skills, enamelling, basic setting, experience in silver, gold and platinum manufacturing.
Intensive 3 week gemmology course experience (covering all basic and precious gemstones) and 1 and a half years’ retail experience with diamond and tanzanite gemstones.
Jewellery design and drawing skills, including hand drawn technical jewellery drawing as well as CAD CAM modelling skills
Two years Rhino digital designing as well as a year of rapid prototyping and 3D printing experience as part of MA project.