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Kyosun Jung wins 2013 Young Designer Silversmith Award

The student at the University for Creative Arts at Rochester has been given the award by The Goldsmith’s Company

This prestigious competition organised by the Goldsmiths’ Company, focuses on young silversmithing students at university in Britain today and is open to any student under 30 on a BA or Master’s degree course. 

This year, the competition, which has been going since 1994, required students to submit designs for a drinking set, comprising at least four drinking vessels, as well as another vessel relevant to the drink (possibly something for water, ice, lemon, salt, etc.) plus a tray for the set to sit on. There also had to be a coherent theme running through all of the pieces and the design had to emphasise the enjoyment of the chosen spirit.

Jung, who originally comes from South Korea, chose to design a saké set.  The set is made up of a carafe with four accompanying cups all of which fit snugly into each other.  The vessels then sit on a tray made from bamboo and wenge (African hardwood).  Jung based her design around the shapes and patterns found in bamboo plants and developed the idea through drawings and prototypes. 

Clive Burr was the master-silversmith who helped Jung translate her sophisticated design into silver. 

Jung explained “One of the main technical challenges was that all the ribs on the design had to be individually soldered on, together with the soldering of the separate layers to create the shape. To give an idea, there were 71 separate wires in the saké bottle alone, so that was quite a challenge.”  Aside from the soldering other techniques used were spinning, complex fabrication and engraving.  The result is breath-taking and technically brilliant.

 Clive Burr said; “Kyosun is an impressive young silversmith.  She has the rare and important ability to adapt quickly to the new skills and techniques which were needed to produce her very technically challenging designs. Her creative enthusiasm is wonderfully refreshing and we are both thrilled with the result”. 

Jung’s silver sake set was presented to Martin Roth, the director of the V&A at a reception at the Museum, so it can join the museum’s permanent collection.

The Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company also presented Jung with her winner’s certificate and a cheque for £500 and declared himself to be “blown away by the beauty and craftsmanship of her work”.

Once she graduates, Jung plans to do a post-graduate course at the Goldsmiths’ Centre and hopes to continue to work as a professional silversmith in the UK

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