Recently-graduated Icelandic goldsmith Júlía Thrastardóttir placed second in the three-day competition in goldsmithing last week, the 2009 Bella Nordic Jewelry Awards, with her brooch “Step to the Stars.”
Goldsmithing in Iceland at Gullkúnst Helgu. The photo is unrelated to the story. By Páll Stefánsson.
“It is a competition between the Nordic nations and only recently-graduated goldsmiths or those who are about to finish get to compete,” Thrastardóttir told Morgunbladid.
All contestants were supposed to design a piece of jewelry specifically or the competition. “At 9 am on Thursday morning we received drawings of what we were supposed to make,” Thrastardóttir described.
There were nine contestants, one from each Nordic country except Sweden because one of the Swedish entries dropped out. The other Icelandic contestant was also successful, although she didn’t place among the top three.
Both Thrastardóttir and the other Icelandic contestant were among the first to graduate in goldsmithing from the new Technical College of Iceland. Thrastardóttir is planning to work for a few years and then continue with her studies. “I want to learn more,” she said.