Category Archives: Design Crafts

Student’s Jewellery Design Inspired by Dyslexia Fight

East Lothian Courier printed an article on how Laura Porteous, an HND Jewellery Design student, was inspired by a poem written by a student on the HNC Professional Writing Skills course.

The article, by Avril Campbell, quoted Laura “The poem was about anxiety and dyslexia.  Through the jewellery I wanted to show how I dealt with my own dyslexia and how someone would hold on to their anxiety or figure out how to let it go.  My piece is a brooch in the shape of a triangle, with silver parts that can move like a jigsaw.  I thought of an iceberg melting to show how i’ve moved on.  I riveted the pieces instead of soldering them, which meant I used a drill and hammer to secure them into place instead of using heat to melt them, making the brooch look a bit more rustic.  I feel this is one of the best pieces I’ve created so far.

Laura said that she believes the course has given her the experience and skills she needs to follow her dream of making a career within the Jewellery profession.

The brooch was exhibited as part of the College’s Creative City Festival.



Creative City and Jewellery Student’s article in the Banffshire Journal

The College’s fame is spreading.  Scott Smith, HND Jewellery student received a mention in his parent’s local newspaper, The Banffshire Journal, for the work he made and exhibited at the Creative City event.  The brooch was designed around Scott’s interpretation of a poem written by one of the College’s HNC Professional Writing students

Article on Scott Smith in The Banffshire Journal

HND Jewellery student gets a write up in the Paisley Daily Express

Lisa is Aiming to Expand


A jewellery designer hopes to flog her work around the world after being awarded a £2,500 grant.

Lisa Crockard, 40, wants to see her handmade trinkets globally after bagging funding to expand beyond Paisley.  She won the John Mather Trust payout after impressing with her business model.


Lisa told the Paisley Daily Express:  “I see an opportunity to build a jewellery brand designed and based in Scotland.  I hope to offer contemporary hand made jewellery, with an elegant and strong look, to discernible clients across the world who want something a little bit more individual.  The work I create tends to be geometric in style, having been inspired most recently by the old coastal WW11 defences around Europe and the architecture of Carlo Scarpa.”

The former Gleniffer High pupil moved into design after a career in fashion buying.  She enrolled at City of Glasgow College, where she learned to mesh traditional jewellery-making with modern 3D printing technology.  Lisa added:  “I had previously attended Glasgow School of Art when I was younger and ended up working fashion buying down in London.  Although that may sound creative it isn’t entirely, as there was a lot of number crunching and spreadsheets.  I spent 16 years in London and I wanted to do something more creative.”

Evening classes at a friend’s jewellery shop triggered the need to get back to something more productive and I was accepted onto the HND Jewellery course in Glasgow.

Rachel Pooley, careers adviser at the College, says Lisa was one of 20 applicants submitting detailed proposals for the cash.  She said “Her detailed business plan and video pitch impressed the judges to the extent that she has been awarded some money to help her already-exciting business evolve even more.”










Combined Students’ Visit.

First year Glass students along with the second year Applied Arts group visited Coburg House to see the “Elemental and Shipping Forecast” exhibition which was one of the events part of the Celebration of Scottish Glass. This was an exhibition showcasing the work of some of the best contemporary glass makers in Scotland today.

They then went on to The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art to see pieces in the sculpture area and in particular Joseph Beuys exhibition “A Language of Drawing”.

Artists’ Talks from 4th year Students

Some of your students maybe interested in attending the events below as this will give students hoping to progress to degree level an opportunity to speak to 4th year students who have already come through NC/HN courses.


New Window for Glasgow Cathedral

City of Glasgow College, Faculty of Creative Industries, Design Crafts, have submitted a quote of tender to Glasgow Cathedral for the manufacture and design of a new stained glass window.

Staff and students were invited to submit design ideas in line with the brief below.


 “The committee would confirm, the theme chosen is a depiction of-The Tree of Jesse.

To be interpreted in a creative manner, yet bearing in mind the ambience involved. It is further suggested, that a discreet reference be made to the late Dr William Morris, past minister, perhaps in the inclusion of the K.C.V.O., uniquely awarded to him”.

The designs will be shortlisted and it is hoped to submit 4 final designs to the committee which will be made up of members from – Glasgow Cathedral, The Church of Scotland and Historic Scotland.

All designs will be returned with an authenticated stamp showing submission for this prestigious commission.

The winning design will be realised by the college’s Art Glass Design Students/Staff and will be installed by a private contractor.  It is expected that the tender and design will be finalised in July 2016.

It is also hoped that Her Majesty the Queen will consent to unveil the completed window.

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Millennium Window by John K Clark