Masters of Craft awards celebrate jewellery design

Jacqueline Cullen's Graduated ring.

Jeweller and silversmith take home prizes for stand-out designs.

The Balvenie Masters of Craft awards took place last night, with jewellery designer Jacqueline Cullen and silversmith Wayne Meeten scooping awards for their fine craftsmanship.

The awards, which were held at London’s Connaught Hotel, were judged by a number of experts including TV presenter Kevin McCloud. Focusing on six disciplines of craft and design, Cullen and Meeten were awarded for their work with Whitby jet and Britannia silver respectively.

Four of the winners at this year’s awards had previously been mentored by Crafted, a UK-based programme set up by Walpole and Arts and Business, with the aim of connecting luxury brands with emerging design talents, while raising awareness and debate around the decline of craftsmanship and traditional craft skills in the UK and internationally.

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Speaking of her win and the importance of being mentored, Cullen said: “Consumers have turned away from the mass produced and throwaway to demand provenance, longevity and individuality.” Cullen was mentored by Georgia Fendley, brand director for Mulberry, and said that her experience had been an invaluable opportunity and a chance to explore this new luxury audience.

Cullen’s collection included a carved Whitby ring, earrings and brooch sprinkled with granules of 18ct gold. Meeten was awarded for his sweeping textured designs which included a contemporary Britannia silver jug and vase with a cascading texture.

 

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