Coal or Gold
November 20, 2014

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NSCAD students in the Jewellery and Metalsmithing Department are busy getting ready for two holiday show-and-sales.

The first, Coal or Gold, runs November 21 to 24. Approximately 30 students are taking part in the show, which will include one-of-a-kind wearable art pieces, production pieces and hollowware in various materials including wood, resin, enamel, stones as well as traditional materials such as silver, gold, bronze and copper. Coal or Gold takes places at the Bridge Centre for Art and Technology (BridgeCat), 50 Queen Street in Dartmouth.

The opening reception is Friday, Nov. 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The show will then be open over the weekend, Saturday, Nov. 22, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 23, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Monday, Nov. 24, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more info, see the Facebook event.

The second is Pop-up at the Christmas Shop, the NSCAD show and sale of student works taking place Friday, Nov. 28, 4 – 9 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1880 Hollis Street (the former Christmas by the Sea) on NSCAD’s Fountain Campus. Students from all disciplines at the university are also taking part; there will be paintings, prints, textiles, photography, woodworking, and much more.

“At the Pop-Up, we’ll have our smaller, more affordable pieces,” says Violeta Izquierdo, a NSCAD jewellery student originally from Colombia. She is helping to coordinate students for both sales, along with senior students Erin Christensen and Aurelie Guillaume.

The students say their hard-working and entrepreneurial attitudes are instilled in them by their instructors and that the jewellery studio at the Fountain Campus is like a second home.

“The thing I like about our program is that the instructors are all very technically skilled artists and designers,” says Erin, who is from Edmonton. “So we learn all these technical skills, but there’s a lot of room for experimentation.”

“We’re always pushing each other to try something different, to learn something else,” adds Violeta. “We love the vibe of the studio and learning together ... we practically live there. We see each other all day, every day. It has such a neat energy.”

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 A ring by NSCAD student Erin Christensen.