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Artist on track to fulfill her dreams; Kimberley is about to open a studio after honing her skills at Glasgow Met.

TWO months ago Kimberley Armstrong was a student completing her course at Glasgow Metropolitan College. Today she's busy setting up a business that should be up and running next month.

The 23 year old from Airdrie has a real love of art and she's hoping to make a name for herself by designing and creating one-off pieces of jewellery, sculptures and ceramic pieces.

Four years at Glasgow Met have given her the grounding she needed to pursue her ambitions, and now she's all geared up to open a studio with three fellow former students.

Kimberley said: "We've been finalising our business plan and we should be open for business in September.

"It's an exciting time and I can't wait to get the business under way."

Kimberley's time at The Met - Glasgow's biggest college with more than 20,000 student enrolments and 500 members of staff - began with a NQ Ceramic Art in the Environment course.

She had always been interested in sculpture and had been planning to study this at art school.

But she decided to do the Ceramic Art course instead to allow her to boost her skills and to build a portfolio.

She undertook some work with decorative glass through the Ceramic Art course and developed such an interest that she then focused on this area of design.

The NQ Decorative Glass was a one-year course that helped her to progress more easily onto the HND Architectural and Decorative Glass course.

Kimberley said: "It wasn't really until I got into the NQ that I discovered just how much I enjoyed working with glass and found that it was an area where I wanted to keep improving my skills.

"I got the chance to do abstract sculptures and learnt how to stain and paint glass and work with warmglass and glass panels.

"It was so interesting and the lecturers were excellent. They were really helpful and I never felt uncomfortable asking their advice."

Kimberley and her three classmates will be based at the Glasgow Glass Studios.

She said: "I am looking forward to it, especially designing and making jewellery or sculptural pieces.

"These will be one-off, never-to-be-repeated items, unique to the person commissioning them.

"This will combine business and my love of art and, in due course, we might be able to put on shows or undertake workshops to help others and promote our business."

But Kimberley admits that there is one snag still to be overcome - they don't have a name for the business yet.

She said: "Nothing has been decided, so we'll have to concentrate on finding something appropriate very soon."

There are still some places available on the NQ Ceramic Art in the Environment, NQ Decorative Glass and HND Architectural and Decorative Glass courses.

If you want to find out more about these courses, or sign up for a place on a full-time course starting at the end of August, why not visit Glasgow Metropolitan College for one of their Info Days, being held today, tomorrow and on August 16.

To find out more about the Info Days and the college generally, visit the website at www.glasgowmet.ac.uk or call 0141-566 6222.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 9, 2006
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