The ‘Handmade by Machines’ exhibition launches this Friday (19 June) at The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture, which features jewellery designed by students from four British colleges.

Modern technology in jewellery making will be the main focus of the exhibition where 80 students from colleges across Britain are coming together to showcase their jewellery designs, which runs 19 June – 17 July.

The exhibition features student’s work from HNC and HND courses from The City of Glasgow College, Glasgow Clyde College, Glasgow Kelvin College, Fife College and London’s Holts Academy. Tutors from the colleges are also exhibiting their own pieces.

Karen-Ann Dicken, a contemporary jewellery maker and the organiser of the exhibition, has an MA from Royal College of Art and attended Glasgow School of Art; she has also teached at Clyde College and City of Glasgow College for over four years. Ms Dicken set a brief for students to design and make a piece of jewellery that had entered or exited the computer.

There is a further opportunity for anyone to learn more about modern jewellery design and recent advances in jewellery-making technologies at a symposium before the exhibition’s evening preview on 19 June. Dauvit Alexander, known as “The Justified Sinner”, from Kelvin College will be speaking and presenting some of his work which combines precious metals and found materials. Also joining the line-up to speak and present their work is Dundee PHD student Kathy Childs and Jack Meyer from Holts Academy.

Ms Dicken will be presenting at the symposium on the blending of conventional methods, such as sketchbooks, with modern techniques like CAD animation in jewellery design. She commented: “Handmade by Machines is now in its fourth year and this will be the biggest and most exciting in terms of installations and pieces on display, plus, with so many brilliant guest speakers, we really are hoping to engage visitors about modern jewellery design.”

Alongside the exhibition there are public workshops with Ann Marie Shillito, CEO of Anarkik software for 3D printing of jewellery who will also be presenting at the symposium about Haptic cloud 9 design software.

Bailie Liz Cameron, Executive Member for Jobs and the Economy at GCC said: “The advancement of technology within the jewellery making industry and how people are exploiting it is a brilliant look into the creative genius of many young jewellery designers. The Lighthouse is proud to be a hub for gathering these minds together.”