Jessica debuts her jewellery to the public

Jessica MacMillan
Jessica MacMillan

A talented teenage jewellery designer from Uddingston has been showcasing her stunning creations at a public exhibition for the first time.

Jessica MacMillan, who is currently enrolled on the Jewellery and Silversmithing course at Glasgow Clyde College, put several pieces of her work on show earlier this month as part of the college’s Festival of Creative and Cultural Industries.

Jessica (19) said: “I got my own display cabinet in which to showcase items I have made throughout my time at college and was really looking forward to hearing what people thought of them.

“It was my first time exhibiting my work so I was a bit nervous, but at the same time it was really exciting too.

“I’d love to set up my own gallery when I leave college so taking part in the Festival of Creative and Cultural Industries was a great experience for me.”

The former Uddingston Grammar pupil developed a keen interest in jewellery whilst undertaking a school work experience placement at a jewellery workshop in Blantyre.

She said: “Art and Design was always my favourite subject at school, but it wasn’t until I got to spend some time working in a jewellery workshop that I realised that was what I wanted to with my life.

“I was fascinated with how they were able to make things from scratch and found it really inspiring.”

Anne Clare Graham, senior lecturer, Jewellery at Glasgow Clyde College, added: “It’s really important that students are given the opportunity to experience the business side of pursuing a career as a jewellery designer or maker while still at college.

“Projects like this allow students to see what it is like to work in the industry or be self-employed and also enables them to get feedback on their work from the public.”