HRH The Duchess of Cornwall has been presented with a special Livery Company badge designed by Goldsmiths’ Centre student Joshua Gane.
The Duchess of Cornwall is Honorary Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers. She was officially presented with her new Livery Badge at Plaisterers’ Hall in the City of London on May 27.
The piece was designed by 19-year-old Joshua Gane – a trainee on the Foundation Programme at the Goldsmiths’ Centre.
This unique jewel is the result of a competition sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers which, seeing the opportunity to encourage a young craftsperson beginning their career in the craft and industry of goldsmithing, identified the Goldsmiths’ Centre as the ideal partner for this project.
A design brief was created and those studying at the Goldsmiths’ Centre and pursuing apprenticeships through The Goldsmiths’ Company Apprenticeship Programme were encouraged to produce designs inspired by Plaisterers’ Hall.
Joshua drew his inspiration from the building’s plasterwork incorporating patterns and floral motifs along with the coat of arms of the Company, which he symbolised through the tools of the plasterers’ trade. He also included silver, silver gilt, opaque blue and white enamel, diamond and blue sapphires, creating a piece that can be worn elegantly as either a brooch or pendant.
Gane explains: “The main inspiration for my design came from various pieces of plasterwork in Plaisterers’ Hall, which I saw when visiting. The piece has the ability to be worn as a brooch or as a pendant on a ribbon. I can’t wait to see my final design being presented to The Duchess of Cornwall.”
Nigel Bamping, the clerk of The Worshipful Company of Plaisterers explains: “It has been a pleasure for us to work with the Goldsmiths’ Centre and particularly with Josh to produce a fabulous Livery Badge for HRH the Duchess of Cornwall. The Badge confirms Her Royal Highness’ position as an Honorary Liveryman of the Company. The Plaisterers’ Company is pleased to have this opportunity to support the training of Apprentices in this way and the Goldsmiths’ Centre should be proud of its ability to nurture talented young people. Not surprising the standard of the designs produced by all of the students was very high but Joshua’s design perfectly combined the Company’s coat of arms with the architectural beauty of Plaisterers’ Hall.”
After his design was selected Joshua was then involved in the production of the piece as it was crafted by skilled individuals that are based in the Goldsmiths’ Centre under the watchful eye of silversmith Clive Burr and his workshop team.