Goldsmiths' Craft & Design Awards 2018 - Winners Honoured at the Goldmiths Hall

27 February 2018

The presentation of the annual Awards of the Goldsmiths Craft & Design Awards took place at the prestigious Goldsmiths’ Hall in London on Monday 26th February 2018. 

This important annual Awards Ceremony – known as the Jewellery Oscars – was hosted by Theo Fennell and welcomed over 300 guests, including world-renowned jewellery houses, notable sponsors, industry associations, leading designers and the UK jewellery press.

This unique annual competition rewards excellence in technical skills and creative design in precious metals and related materials. The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council, which operates the competition,  actively encourages craftspersons and designers in the industry, apprentices and students to enter their work in these highly-respected awards.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Each year, the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council honours a member of the UK industry with its Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2018, this was presented to husband-and-wife team, Patrick and Vivian Fuller who have together built one of the largest and most successful UK jewellery businesses, with a strong reputation for design and innovation. Patrick and Vivian were presented with the LAA silver medal by The Goldsmiths’ Company Prime Warden, Judith Cobham-Lowe, and Mr Tom Fattorini, sponsor of this award.

GC&DC Chairman, Andrew Putand, said: “Congratulations to all of this year’s Award winners, who have again impressed the Council and our judges, with fine examples of craft and design skills across many specialist sections. Our expert industry judges frequently commented on the exceptionally high standard of entries this year, and we are pleased with the number of entries that met Council’s benchmark for Gold Awards in 2018. The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards mark a positive start to the year for our junior and senior entrants, and the Council was pleased to celebrate and enjoy their success on Monday night through these great Awards.”

Key Highlights

Other key highlights from the 2018 Awards were:

o   A total of 135 winners were honoured in 24 categories with 32 Gold Awards, 40 Silver Awards and 51 Bronze Awards.

o   There were over 500 single entries, which increased to 930 from multiple entries.

o   The College Trophy, awarded annually to the college or university that has achieved the highest total of points accumulated from any gold, silver and bronze prizes in the competition. This year Glasgow College of Art and the Birmingham School of Jewellery were head-to-head on the points score but it finally went to Birmingham City University, the second consecutive year that they have won this trophy.

o   There are over 80 industry supporters of the Awards in 2018.

o   100 industry judges, experts in their respective fields, assessed the entries.

o   Over 20 Patron and Special Awards given in 2018.

o   An exhibition of winning highlights from the 2018 Awards will be open to the public at Goldsmiths’ Hall from 27th February to 2nd March, with a late evening viewing until 8pm on the Wednesday 28th February.

Notable Patron Awards are given each year. Particular highlights were:

o   Miriam Hanid winning the Goldsmiths’ Company Award with her chased radiance Centrepiece

o   Simon Coldicott won the Baird  & Co. Award for his Locomotive Model

o   The Podolsky Award went to James Kydd for his Gentleman’s Dress Suite Box

o   The new Ingle & Rhode Award for Fairtrade Jewellery Design was awarded to Susan Blackler for her ‘Cracked’ Texture Ring

o    The International Jewellery London (IJL) Award was won by Sonia Cheadle for her ‘Four Seasons’ Brooches

o   Sam Hunter took the Brown & Newirth Award for his Dragonfly Brooch

o   The Vipa Designs Award went to Timon Eidi Tio for his 3D Printed Bracelets and complimentary boxes

o   The Theo Fennell Apprentice and Master Award was won by Matthew Hart for his Samurai Desk Seal. Matthew’s master is Emmet Smith of Rebus.

Patrons, Sponsors & Contributors

As in previous years, the headline sponsors for 2018 included the Goldsmiths’ Company as its Founding and Leading Patron, Cartier as a long standing Principal Patron, along with GC&DC’s new Principal Patron, Graff Diamonds.  Special Patrons this year were: International Jewellery London (IJL); The Goldsmiths’ Centre; Brown & Newirth and Baird & Co.; with HRH Princess Michael of Kent as the Council’s Royal Patron.   

Background to the Competition

Entries are invited and actively encouraged in all aspects of the trade, from new entrants to skilled craftspersons, apprentices and those in education. The competition accommodates all craft and design activities in the profession, including specialist sections such as diamond mounting, setting, silversmithing, chasing, enamelling, 2D design – including CAD, jewellery, smallwork, technology and many more.

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