Born in South Korea, after earning a bachelor of fine arts degree in Seoul and a master’s of fine arts from the University of Indiana, Bloomington, Kye-Seon Son eventually turned to jewellery and metalwork. Fascinated by metal, she wished to understand, manipulate and hammer it, while becoming familiar with the elements that form it. During the several years that Son spent in Montreal, Lois Etherington Betteridge, the renowned Canadian metalsmith, became her mentor, after which she was invited by Pamela Ritchie, teacher and head of the Craft division at NSCAD University, to teach at that institution. Twenty years later, Son continues to teach with enthusiasm and dedication, conveying to students her love of metalwork. Kye-Yeon Son won the 2011 Saidye Bronfman Award, one of the prestigious Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts!