Felicia Swartling: Winterson Prize 2014

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the Winterson Prize for Best Use of Pearls this year is Felicia Swartling, showcasing a collection that combined imaginative sculptural elements with the freeform shapes of baroque pearls.

The CSM Jewellery Degree Show Awards took place on Thursday 19th June at Central Saint Martins. Each year this exclusive awards ceremony celebrates the new and exciting creations submitted by graduates of the influential London arts institute.

And this year’s candidates certainly did not disappoint when it came to innovative and inspired jewellery design.

CSM Programme Director Caroline Broadhead said: 'The final year at CSM is an exciting and demanding one and with such a high standard of work this year, we warmly congratulate Felicia on her success and well-deserved award.'

This year’s judging panel comprised Winterson Director Andrew Fraser, Caroline Broadhead, Programme Director at CSM, Maia Adams, Director and Founder at Adorn Insight, and British jewellery designer, Alice Cicolini, herself an MA graduate of Central Saint Martins.

The judges also commended Ruiyin Lin for work that drew parallels between how pearls take their form and modern materials that are constructed using 3D printing.

Commenting on the award, Winterson Director, Andrew Fraser said: ‘Felicia's work showed a well-judged appreciation of how each pearl could become an integral part of each piece, as well as being impressively accomplished at a technical level. We are delighted to award Felicia this year's Winterson Prize.'

Read more about Felicia's work in our interview here.