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Buy A Unique Gift On Kensington And Chelsea Colleges Christmas Stall!

Discover Unique Gifts On Kensington And Chelsea Colleges Christmas Stall At Portobello Market

From beautiful, bespoke jewellery and elegant framed photos to exclusively designed home accessories – there’s no shortage of unique gifts to buy this Christmas on Kensington and Chelsea College’s stall at Portobello Market.

The College’s talented art and design students will be hosting a stand on the iconic London market, on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th of December, from 10am – 3pm.

The collective of up-and-coming Designers can be found on stall number 98 on December 5th and as part of the Arts and Crafts Market for Saturday December 6th.

Among the items on sale are candle holders, frames, necklaces, rings, paintings and photographs – all exclusively designed to ensure they are one-of-a-kind gifts, and competitively priced!

For more information about the College’s Art and design courses why not attend our next Open Days taking place on Tuesday 3rd and Thursday 5th of February. You will be able to access 1-2-1 advice from art and design specialist tutors, and tour some of the College’s Design studios. Each centre will be hosting different subjects so please visit http://www.kcc.ac.uk for more details or call 0207 573 3600.

Fee-paying students could also secure the lowest possible fees for their 2015-16 art and design courses by taking advantage of our early enrolment offer. For more info visit: http://www.kcc.ac.uk/news/2014/secure_our_lowest_fees_for_201516_courses_by_enrolling_today

Chance Encounter Leads To A Silver Lining For Former Journalist

Chance Encounter Leads To A Silver Lining For Former Journalist

A chance encounter with a silversmith and an inherited box of tools set the path for a former journalist to retrain as a jeweller.

Despite a high-powered career in politics and journalism, Thierry Kelaart, 31, says she has always been destined to be a jeweller following a ‘fascinating meeting’ with a gifted silversmith when she was just a teenager.

Thierry, from Ladbroke Grove, said: “I was first introduced to silversmithing and jewellery making as a teenager during a family holiday in Devon. We spent an afternoon with a local silversmith called Mr Geldhart, and I remember being absolutely fascinated by his work and tools. He was an incredibly inspiring man, but sadly I only ever got the opportunity to meet him that once.”

Touched by Thierry’s interest in jewellery-making the silversmith went on to leave her his tools in his will, unbeknown to her.

Thierry, said:

“I didn’t receive his legacy of tools until several years after having met him so it was a total surprise. Inheriting all those amazing silversmithing tools was quite a shock. It was also quite overwhelming as I was still very young then but it certainly sparked my interest in jewellery making.”

A decade later she decided to give up her fulltime job to retrain as a jeweller and enrolled onto a jewellery making course at Kensington and Chelsea College.

“It’s not so overwhelming when I look at the tools now that I know how to use them! Every time I’m taught something new in class I come home to discover I already have the tools to make it because of Mr Geldhart. I’d like to think he would be pleased with what I’m now doing.” said Thierry

Speaking about her Jewellery Making course at the College Thierry added:

“My tutors are brilliant. They’re very skilled and still work as designers! What I most love about the course is that we get to study art for part of it. The art side helps me explore my ideas and inspire new work. I’m doing something I really love, which makes a career so much more fulfilling.”

Thierry hopes to start her own jewellery business having successfully completed her course at the College.

Kensington and Chelsea College still has places for courses starting in September 2014. To enrol, simply attend one of the enrolment sessions below*:

    • Tuesday 26th August – Friday 29th August
  • Monday 1st September – Thursday 4th September

 

  • Saturday 6th September

 

*Sessions take place at our Chelsea and Kensington Centres and each will be hosting different subjects. For times and details of which centre to attend check out our enrolment session, or call 0207 573 5333,