The winners of the inaugural Make Your Mark Awards were announced at a glittering reception held at the Goldsmiths’ Hall on Tuesday, Nov 1.
The reception and awards exhibition was buzzing with excitement as students, graduates and tutors mingled with well-known industry personalities and members of the Goldsmiths’ Company.
Keynote Speaker, Richard Fox, opened the event talking about the Goldsmiths’ Company and its history of supporting the industry and the challenges faced by newcomers. Commenting on the Awards, he said: “It always fascinates me to see such enthusiasm from our young designers and makers. There seems to be a thirst for knowledge. It is wonderful to see so many people who want to make a career in our industry, not the easiest, but probably one of the most rewarding.”
“From my own perspective, whenever I produce a design for a client, I feel honoured that they wish to commission my work and a sense of achievement that they actually like what I do,” he added.
Richard was followed by Grant Macdonald who spoke on behalf of the Judging Panel: “It has been a difficult task for us to come to a unanimous decision on tonight’s winners. We were all very impressed by the quality, ingenuity and the thought process that has gone into these entries. The Awards were about incorporating a series of small punch marks that we normally hide inside or underneath a piece, making them part of the design, out in the open, and looking good. Well you did it.”
Grant had his first piece of silver with him – a spoon – made when he was 14 years old and talked about the hallmark and how it gives work provenance and integrity: “The hallmark is a way for us as Silversmiths and Jewellers to sign our work, just like an artist signing off a portrait,” he explained. Talking about the Company’s 700 year history he advised designers and makers to “Use it or Lose it! You are its future. We should all work to promote hallmarking and that in part, means finding ways of getting people to look out for hallmarks. This competition has really done that.”
The winners were announced by Grant and presented with their Awards by Richard.
Silversmithing Category Winner: Annabel Hood for her design, ‘London’s Leopard’
Jewellery Category Winner: Roxanne Gilbert for the ‘Five Facets Ring’
Joint Second Prize:
Kate Hainge for her design, ‘Magnifying Ring’
Yanmi Lui for her design, ‘The Simplicity of Braille’
Max Danger for ‘The Robot and the Unlucky Stone’
Rebecca Doe for her design, ‘Marked’
Adriana Klimentjevaite for her design, ‘The Leopard’s Brooch’
As well as trophies produced and engraved by Creative Awards, the winners received a host of coveted prizes from Stephen Webster, Stewart Hersey, Richard Fox, Just Castings, Retail Jeweller, Argentium Silver International, Cooksongold, HS Walsh, and the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office.