The presentation of the annual Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship & Design Awards took place at the Goldsmiths’ Hall in London on Monday February 24, 2020.
The ceremony welcomed over 300 guests, including world-renowned jewellery houses, sponsors, industry associations, leading designers and the UK jewellery press.
This unique annual competition rewards excellence in technical skills and creative design in precious metals and related materials. The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council (GC&DC) which operates the competition, actively encourages established craftpersons and designers in the industry, as well as apprentices and students, to enter their work.
Each year the Goldsmiths Crafts & Design Council honours a member of the UK industry with the Lifetime Achievement Award. This year, this accolade was presented to Charlotte de Syllas in recognition of her outstanding contribution and commitment to the jewellery profession. She is internationally recognised for her sculpting and carving of gem materials in her bespoke jewellery designs. Her lifelong love of colour and originality has engendered innovation to traditional forms in creating intricate structures that combine all her skills as a goldsmith, fine carver and artist.
Charlotte was presented with the LAA silver medal by the Prime Warden Timothy Schroder, and Tom Fattorini from Thomas Fattorini Ltd, sponsors of this award.
The winner of the prestigious Cartier Award was Tom Rucker for his suite of coloured platinum jewellery.
The College Trophy, awarded annually to the college or university that has achieved the highest total of points accumulated from any gold, silver and bronze prizes in the competition, was awarded to Birmingham City University for the fourth consecutive year.
GCDC chairman, Peter Crump, shares: “We kickstart the 2020s with another stellar year for the Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship & Design Awards. Across the competition’s 31 categories, we have this year awarded outstanding new and established craftpersons, once again proving the brilliance – and future – of UK jewellery, silversmithing and the allied trades.
“From the presentation of the Cartier Award to Tom Rucker, a craftsman that we have nurtured through these awards, to seeing emerging talent such as Alexander Wood receive both the Theo Fennell Apprentice and Master Award and the Paul Podolsky Award, the Council is pleased to celebrate and promote all of our winners’ successes today and long into the future.”
In total, 138 winners were honoured in 31 categories, with 42 Gold Awards, 49 Silver Awards and 47 Bronze Awards. This was the most Gold Awards for a number of years.