Some 25 jewellery students from around the country have been recognised and lauded in the Thuthuka 2012 Jewellery Awards. Although this is not typical VISI news, we were really impressed with the calibre of these students. Here are seven of our personal favourites.
For the past five years, the Thuthuka Jewellery Development Skills Programme has sought to encourage high-quality design and manufacturing among jewellery students, thereby aiding them in pursuing a career in the industry. Students from previously marginalised communities in particular are assisted, given the financial hurdle of studying jewellery manufacture.
The awards were introduced as an incentive in the programme and prizes include jewellery making equipment from the Department of Arts and Culture and the Jewellery Council of South Africa. The overall winner also wins a R10 000 bursary for further study sponsored by the Department of Arts and Culture.
We say the future of South Africa’s jewellery design is bright and bling!