Theo Fennell creates master and apprentice award

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New award to join line up at Craftsmanship & Design Awards.

Theo Fennell has announced that it will sponsor a new patron’s award at the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council’s Craftsmanship & Design Awards.

The newly created award is for a master and apprentice team, and has been created to recognise the special bond that exists between the two.

Judges will be looking for high-quality work from the apprentice as well as a significant contribution from the master towards the development of the apprentice.

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Theo Fennell founder and designer Theo Fennell said: “This country is still the best breeding ground for the finest jewellers and silversmiths in the world and the place where the traditions of these skills are best nurtured. At the centre of this is the great and altruistic relationship between apprentice and master.

“This is often taken for granted and doesn’t get the recognition it deserves so we hope that our award will do a bit to address this. It is for the best apprentice and master team. Without new and talented apprentices these age-old skills would be lost to our trade and so properly hand-made pieces, now enjoying such a renaissance, would be a thing of the past. Luckily this is not the case and I feel a new, golden age for hand-made work and craftsmen and women is arriving.”

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