December 16, 2022 | New Brunswick College of Craft and Design
Advanced Studio Practice student Jasmine Williams is the latest recipient of the Brigitte Clavette – Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation Scholarship in Graduate Studies.
The student, who is specializing in jewellery/metal arts and is being mentored by Brigitte Clavette, said she was stunned when surprised with the news at the final ASP Guest Lecture Series last week.
“I felt accomplished and acknowledged in my work and application to the Advanced Studio Practice program. The mentorship and guidance from Brigitte she has helped me stay on track during some hard times this year.”
The Brigitte Clavette Award is granted once a year to the highest-ranking Advanced Studio Practice (ASP) student by the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation (SHMF). Williams is the 2022-2023 academic year recipient. The award was recently named after award-winning NBCCD instructor Brigitte Clavette.
Work inspired by family
Williams’ work reflects her upbringing in her close-knit and supportive family. Her upbringing, considerate of generations past and yet to come, has inspired her to create pieces of wearable art that will last for generations.
Jasmine said she likes to incorporate whimsical and mythological imagery into her work and experiments with colour and alternative materials, such as copper. Her current fascination with colour, is exercised in the process of enameling, which adheres fine-ground glass to metal surfaces.
No matter what materials are used, Jasmine invites her viewers to connect to the stories in her work. She said she connects her Inuit heritage and finds a connection to her ancestors within her practice.
‘A pillar of personal strength’
Advanced Studio Practice Studio Head Jean Rooney said she and the ASP selection committee couldn’t think of a more worthy recipient than Jasmine Williams.
“Jasmine is a dedicated student with an exceptional work ethic who has proven to be a pillar of personal strength. She is unwaveringly devoted to her studio work.