Young Designer Silversmith Award scooped by UCA student

UCA's Kyosun Jung wins Young Designer Silversmith Award

The Victoria & Albert Museum will soon display a second piece of work by a student from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) as part of the Young Designer Silversmith competition.

Kyosun Jung is the second student from UCA's BA (Hons) Silversmithing, Goldsmithing & Jewellery degree to win the prestigious award from the Goldsmiths' Company in the past three years.

Her winning design for a sake vessel with stacking cups will be made in the workshop of internationally-renowned silversmith Clive Burr before it is given to the V&A to be put on permanent display, like Shaun Grace's design in 2011.

Kyosun Jung, who is 28 and from South Korea, said: "I still cannot believe that I have won this award - it is absolutely wonderful.

Kyosun Jung won Young Designer Silversmith 2013 "Being named Young Designer Silversmith will definitely help my future career and I am very proud that visitors to the V&A visitors will be able to see my design."

The 2013 competition focused on designing a cocktail set. Kyosun got to work creating a sake vessel and cups that were inspired by a study of the growth and formation of bamboo plants.

Subject Leader, Robert Birch, said: "The Curator of the Goldsmiths' Company collection was ecstatic about the quality and professionalism of Kyosun's design submission - it was not only creative and beautifully presented but supported by a highly professional rapid prototyped model far superior to those seen from other entrants.

"The sake set combines the ethos and calm of the oriental tea-making ceremony but uses innovative computer-aided design production methods."

Kyosun Jung's award winning sake design Kyosun is in the second year of her degree course and moved from South Korea to study at UCA Rochester.

She said: "I came to visit UCA during an Open Day and after viewing the workshop facilities, curriculum and the work of previous students, I made up my mind, there and then, that I wanted to study here.

"I am very happy about my choice and have enjoyed seeing how I have developed and improved through every project as I learn new techniques and design ideas all of the time."

"My tutors are excellent teachers and are certainly helping me to develop my talent."

Shaun Grace Kyosun is the second UCA student to win this award - Shaun Grace won the competition in 2011 with his design for a pair of vases inspired by the Sydney Opera house. His design is in the permanent collection of the V&A.

UCA Rochester's BA (Hons) Silversmithing, Goldsmithing & Jewellery degree recently won the prestigious College Trophy from the Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council for the 20th time in 21 years.

For more information contact:

David Reilly, Press Officer, UCA
T: 01252 892939

Twitter: @UniCreativeArts

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