Peter Sloan, a first year Jewellery (MFA) student, has won in the “Work in Relief” category of the 2015 British Art Medal Society (BAMS) student competition for his work “Immense World of Delight”. The prizes were given at an award ceremony at the Freemason’s Hall on the 10th March 2015.

The annual competition invites students from around Europe to enter their own hand-modelled or bronze-cast medals. The finished medals are then sent to a judging panel at the British Museum in London. The judges then award a series of prizes for categories set by BAMS.

The judges picked Peter’s design because of its incorporation of the edge, and on the strength of the original idea.

“We run the BAMS student competition here to teach 2nd year students about wax carving and lost wax casting processes,” said Jennifer Gray, a Jewellery & Silversmithing lecturer at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA), “Peter created a very personal response to the brief, communicated through his highly skilled carving techniques.”

BAMS produce a small run of medals from their competitions and commissions, to a maximum of 100. They have previously commissioned work by notable artists and designers such as Lynn Chadwick, Malcolm Appleby, Jacqueline Stieger, and Ronald Searle.

This win builds on the success of ECA in this competition, with Holly Higgins (then also in her 2nd year of study) winning one of the student prizes in 2014.

The winning medals will shortly go on display at Duncan of Jordanstone College in Dundee.

“This will give Peter great exposure and recognition among the other award winners around Europe,” said Jennifer, “and hopefully some repeat orders!”