Dauvit Alexander took up his teaching post at Birmingham School of Jewellery in 2015, and immediately set about organising a medal symposium as an introduction to medals and to the BAMS Student Medal Project at the School. He gave of his own time to set up a Tuesday evening ‘medal club’ to get the students thinking further about medals and turning their ideas to reality. The resulting submissions were very impressive.
Dauvit had come into this role from Glasgow Kelvin, where he also taught medal-making, as well as jewellery making. Under his guidance, students at this college also entered impressive medals to the student medal competition.
In 2017, Dauvit organised another medal symposium in Birmingham with an excellent exhibition of student medals. Birmingham hosted the Student Medal Project prize-giving ceremony that year to coincide with the exhibition of the works. The Birmingham students were able to mix socially with some of the UK’s leading medal-makers.
Dauvit continues his enthusiastic relationship with BAMS, recently entering several designs for a competition to design a new BAMS President’s Medal. His love of the art form and for teaching others about it continues to go from strength to strength.