Goldsmiths gives awards at New Designers 2010

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Goldsmiths Company sponsors at event for the eighth consecutive year.

Two Goldsmiths’ Company awards have been given to designers at the annual New Designers 2010 showcase.

One award was given for displaying excellence in jewellery and the other for silver, with emphasis placed upon design and craftsmanship.

The winner of the jewellery award was Elizabeth Humble with her silver jewellery collection The Fragile Landscape. The range of necklaces, rings and brooches explores the relationship between humans and their landscape – be it urban or rural, and how people form attachments to certain places.

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Humble won a prize of £1,500, made up of a cheque of £1,000 plus precious metal to the value of £500. She also gained the opportunity of a mentoring programme with on-line jewellery boutique Astley Clarke, during which she will develop an exclusive range of jewellery to be sold on the website.

Astley Clarke creative director Lorna Watson said: “Elizabeth Humble was selected as the winner of the Goldsmiths’ Jewellery Award winner at New Designers because her work demonstrates a refreshing combination of exploration and refinement in materials and technique and shows tremendous potential for further development.

“We are thrilled about our collaboration with the Goldsmiths’ Company and Elizabeth on this forthcoming mentoring programme and very much look forward to working together on these exciting next stages.”

The second award winner was silversmith Michelle Clare, who studied metalwork and jewellery at Sheffield Hallam University, who wowed judges with her silver sake warming jug.

Judge Mary Ann Simmons said: “I loved the smooth tactile form of Michelle’s cleverly designed sake Jug. Her use of the natural conductive properties of silver and the skill with which she made the piece shows a good understanding the material. Her plans to enter a career in silversmithing have got off to a great start and I look forward to her future work”.

Silversmithing is Clare’s second career – she previously worked as a sub-editor in the publishing industry. Her silver range comprises a series of silver vessels that explore the different elements that make up an object: the functional, the aesthetic, the material and the emotion.

Clare said: “Winning this award has given me a huge boost of confidence and it has already proved invaluable in getting me noticed”

The silversmith, who uses the traditional technique of hand-raising her vessels, plans to set up her own workshop in Sheffield.

As well as their cheques both Elizabeth and Michelle 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.

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