Filipa Oliveira and Bryony Jackson scoop prizes for stand-out designs.
The Goldsmiths’ Company has awarded two graduates at the New Designers show, the annual showcase of work from Britain’s leading graduate designers.
The Company, which sponsored the Jewellery and Precious Metalwork Zone of the show presented the two awards to jewellery graduate Filipa Oliveira and silversmith Bryony Jackson.
Oliveira was awarded the prize for the Goldsmiths’ Company Jewellery Award. She is a National Skills Competition Gold medallist in her native Portugal and has just graduated with a first class honours degree in Jewellery and Metal Design from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee.
Jackson, who studied metalwork and jewellery at Buckingham New University, was selected for the Goldsmiths’ Award for silver. She creates silver designs perfect for the modern household, with appeal to a contemporary audience.
Jackson’s current collection is inspired by ceremonial silver of the City of London, which is both functional and decorative. Her striking pair of candlesticks was made from silver-plated sheet metal, which she cut, soldered and bent to form. The candlesticks show off an element of contrast – one is polished and the other matt.
The two Goldsmiths’ Company awards were granted for excellence. The criterion for both the awards is to identify excellence in design and craftsmanship. The winning pieces have to show superlative design, originality and sales potential.
Judging the awards were Lorna Watson, creative director of Astley Clarke, jewellery industry professional and silversmith Mary Ann Simmons and Peter Taylor director of technology and training the Goldsmiths’ Company.
Watson said: "Filipa’s work explores the traditional technique of filigree combined with contemporary forms and surface finishes. The result is a refreshingly modern signature that has tremendous appeal and scope for further development."
Simmons said: “Bryony’s candlesticks show a nice fluidity of movement and are designed to create a strong presence on the table.”
The Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company, Hector Miller, presented Oliveira and Jackson with a prize of £1,500, made up of a cheque of £1,000 plus precious metal to the value of £500.
As well as their cheques both designers have automatically be given places on the Goldsmiths’ Company’s annual graduate business course Getting Started, which takes place in January each year. They will also be invited for a guided tour of the Assay Office London and an introduction to its services, plus a ten year registration of their sponsor’s mark at the Assay Office London, their first sponsor’s punch made free of charge and £200 worth of hallmarking services.
Peter Taylor said: "We are delighted with our continued association with New Designers. It is a vital showcase for emerging British designers and the Goldsmiths’ Company strongly believes that without the continued encouragement and development of creative talent the future of the craft in the UK will be in jeopardy."