Class Character

Class Character is a platform for faculty of Canadian Jewellery programs to share the victories of their graduating students and open the doors of their respective departments to the MetalAid community.  This is an ongoing, annual project.  If you would like to see your school featured in future editions of Class Character, please contact us for submission guidelines and details.

Compiled by: The MetalAid Team
Published: 2018/07/15


Nova Scotia College of art and design university
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Jewellery takes on a new and dynamic face when worn or exhibited and NSCAD students took full advantage of this potential in April with three concluding exhibits.  

Fete a la Main, a juried fashion gala was held this year at Casino Nova Scotia to a large crowd of excited viewers and participants. Each student contributed six models to wear their most flamboyant designs. Proud of my students, I sat in the audience listening to all the oohs and aahs as each model made their way down the runway.

Anastasia Pindera
Untitled Brooch (2017)
Latex paint, copper, steel
Image by the artist 

In addition, other exhibits such as Jewellery in Motion held at both the NSCAD Art Bar and the stunning new Halifax Main Library as well as the Fashion Pop Up were organized by graduating student Anastasia Pindera with the help of her senior colleagues and were all well attended.  Throughout the year undergraduates participated in many group exhibitions and calls for entry.

Oudi Wan
Canyon Necklace #2
Image credit: Tao Zhang

At the Anna Leonowens Gallery, MFA graduate Karin Jones presented a powerful thesis exhibition on ‘An Investigation into the Nature of African-Canadian Identity’.

March brought Janis Kerman to Halifax to give an amazing lecture on her outstanding career and give two earring design workshops with extensive feedback to each intermediate and senior student.

Also, in March, the Studio Projects and Enamelling classes travelled to Montréal to attend the opening of the Aurélie Guillaume (alumni) and Zachery Lechtenberg exhibition Toc Twee at Garlerie Noel Guyomarc’h. The next morning Noel kindly spoke about the international artists in his gallery and students were also pleased to tour École de Joaillerie de Montréal and major museums in the city.

Among prizes and scholarships won by NSCAD students was the winner of CJA’s 100th Anniversary Design Competition Andreea Murgu who was honoured at a special presentation in Toronto and Ho Ching Chan won the L.A. Pai National Canadian Student Jewellery Competition leading to a solo exhibition at the gallery.

As well, we have had an active exchange program overseas and many more events throughout this academic year. We are looking forward to seeing the new projects students will create in 2018/19.

- Pamela Ritchie, Instructor, Jewellery Design & Metalsmithing

Jiaqi Li
Moon Night Brooch (2018)
Resin, silver, brass, threads
Image credit: Zip Tao Zhang

Banner image: Anastasia Pindera, Departure (2017), Brass, powdercoat, Image by the artist