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Lecturer chosen to create medals for Glasgow 2014

A GLASGOW School of Art lecturer has been picked to create the medals that will be awarded to successful athletes at next year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Silversmith Jonathan Boyd, 29, was revealed yesterday as the man whose designs will adorn the necks of those who take the games' podium places when the event gets underway in July.

Mr Boyd, 29, graduated from the GSA with First Class Honours in Silversmithing and Jewellery and went to study for an MA at the Royal College of Art. He has also won many prestigious awards, including the Donald Dewar award for exceptional Scottish talent.

Earlier this month he won the silver prize at 2013 Beijing International Contemporary Metal Art Exhibition: Pushing Boundaries & Chasing Challenges with Clyde Built, a collection of oxidised silver jewellery.

The artist, who comes from Aberdeen, said: "I love the city of Glasgow and have lived here for most of my adult life; to be given this important opportunity to showcase my admiration for the city is both humbling and extremely exciting.

"I hope in my design I can reflect Glasgow's industrial past, capture something of the city that it's become and most importantly capture that uniqueness that Glasgow has."

Professor Tom Inns, Director of The Glasgow School of Art said: "Jonathan is an incredibly talented maker and jeweller. I know that he will create a fascinating and innovative design for the medals that Glasgow and the Commonwealth will be proud of."

He uses advanced digital technologies in his work as well as using hand crafted skills and traditional metalworking techniques.

David Grevemberg, Chief Executive of Glasgow 2014 added: "I am excited to see his final designs and have no doubt that the Glasgow 2014 medals will be something truly special."

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