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Thursday, 19 November 2020

Student shines in prestigious competition

SHINING BRIGHT: Ross Kellerman's future is look bright after winner the student category of the PlatAfrica competition. SHINING BRIGHT: Ross Kellerman's future is look bright after winner the student category of the PlatAfrica competition.

A talented second-year Jewellery Design and Manufacture student has taken the top spot in the student/apprenticeship category of the prestigious PlatAfrica competition.

Ross Kellerman impressed the judges with his kinetic armpiece of platinum and African blackwood.

The competition is hosted annually by Anglo American Platinum, in partnership with Metal Concentrators and Platinum Guild International (PGI) India. It aims to promote innovation and technical expertise in platinum jewellery design and manufacturing in South Africa and provides international exposure to jewellers, apprentices and students.

This year’s theme was Designed for Men of Platinum.

CPUT Jewellery Design and Manufacture Programme co-ordinator, Vassiliki Konstandakellis, said entrants from the university have always performed well in the competition and finished in the top three. 

“We are really proud of Ross’s achievement as this is a prestigious competition that is held nationally every year. In the past we have offered this competition to senior students only, but we decided to enter our second years [this year], one being Ross, who then won. This makes it even more spectacular.”

Ross said he had a job shadowing stint with a jeweller at the age of 16 and was immediately hooked on the profession.

“As a first-year I knew that I would enter PlatAfrica one day so when I had some free time at the end of first-year I came back to the workshop to try and work on a design that I could maybe enter in third-year. I was surprised when we were told during the lockdown that we would be able to enter in second-year, so I started to work on it more.”

His piece is titled Akira Kinetic.

“When it came closer to the time of announcing the winner, I started doubting myself, so I was very surprised when I was announced as the winner,” said Ross.

The top four finalists in each category will receive a cash prize. Once it is safe to travel, the winners and runners-up will attend a weeklong workshop with PGI India and may be eligible to participate in the design sourcing process for one of PGI India’s prestigious brands.

Written by Ilse Fredericks


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