Final call for 2014 GC&DC awards entries

Council introduces simple online application for entrants.

The Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship and Design Council (GC&DC) has announced its final call for entries for its annual design competition, promoting its new online entry facility for those wishing to take part.

The introduction of the online application process is designed to make the process of entering the competition faster, more convenient and simpler for designers, with the traditional form also available to downloaded via the Council’s website.

This annual competition, dubbed the Oscars of the the jewellery industry, rewards excellence in technical skills and creative design in precious metals and related materials.

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The Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council, which runs the competition, is actively encouraging more members of the industry to enter their work, whether a first-time entrant, a skilled craftsperson, an apprentice or a current student.

The competition aims to accommodate all craft and design activities in the industry, including specialist sections such as diamond mounting, setting, silversmithing, chasing, enamelling, 2D design and CAD design, jewellery, smallwork and technology.

An awards ceremony for winners will be held at the Goldsmiths’ Hall in London in March 2014, followed by a public exhibition of award-winning pieces and a selection of entrants work also at Goldsmiths’ Hall.

The GC&DC chairman Mark Huggins said: “I am delighted to announce that after a very successful launch last year, the Council is able to offer online applications for the Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Competition, making entering this wonderful event easier than ever for busy workshops and businesses alike. Excellence in technical skill and originality in design remains central to the continuing success of our industry and I would like to encourage every aspect of the trade to enter their work.”

The headline sponsors for 2014 competition include the Goldsmiths’ Company as founding patron, Cartier as principal patron, International Jewellery London as a special patron, with HRH Princess Michael of Kent as the Council’s royal patron. New special award patrons joining this year are Bentley & Skinner, Raw Pearls and Hean Studio Ltd.

Those wishing to enter online can do so here.

To read an interview with the GC&DC secretary Brian Hill the awards and its recent development, click here.
 

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