Glasgow School of Art team creates Commonwealth Games medals

Jeweller and Glasgow School of Art lecturer Jonathan Boyd has worked with a team from the school to create the medals for this year’s Commonwealth Games in the City.

Gold, Silver and Bronze medals
Gold, Silver and Bronze medals

The gold silver and bronze medals weigh 100g each and feature the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games identity, which was designed by Marque Creative.

Close-up of the Gold medal
Close-up of the Gold medal

More than 1,380 medals will be awarded throughout the Games, which start in July, and each is being hand-made in Glasgow.

Boyd says, ‘I hope I have designed something that stands proud as an interesting and unique object but, more importantly, something that celebrates each athlete’s individual achievement.’


Boyd worked on the designs with a team from GSA’s Silversmithing and Jewellery Department: Helen Marriott, Andrew Lamb, Anna Gordon, Nigel Munro, Yusuke Yamamoto, Satoko Takemura, Rhona McCallum, Malin Winberg, Shona Guthrie and Michael Pell.

Medals and gifts on presentation tray
Medals and gifts on presentation tray

Glasgow 2014 also unveiled designs for the medals ceremonies – including podiums, gifts and clothes for the medal-bearers.

Furniture designer Paul Hodgkiss created the wooden podiums, trays and gifts for each athlete.

Medal-bearer's dress
Medal-bearer’s dress

Fashion designer Kerry Nixon designed the dresses being worn by female medal-bearers and styled the male medal-bearers. Nixon worked with Harris Tweed, which provided a specially made fabric for the clothing.

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