Jacobs the Jewellers and the Bishopsland Educational Trust, together with sponsors the Goldsmiths’ Company and HS Walsh, announced the winners of the fifth annual Emerging Designer Competition.
This year attracted more emerging designers, and voters, than ever before, with 14 young talents taking part in the contest held at Jacobs the Jewellers from June 10-28. Each participant showcased an item of silver as well as a piece of jewellery.
Over the three week period, visitors to the store voted for their favourite jewellery design as well as their preferred silver object.
Visitors were treated to 27 individual designs showcasing an inspiring depth of talent. The competition attracted a record number of public votes, with over 300 votes cast.
The public vote saw Harriet Morris claim first place in the jewellery competition with Charlotte Vanhoubroueck securing second place.
In the silver competition, Samuel Hemmett;s condiment vessels and spoon earned him the top prize while Rebecca Oldfield’s silver and gold gilded box saw her come second.
The winners each received £350 (runners up £100) of HS Walsh vouchers to spend on tools or materials to help establish their careers in the jewellery and silver industry plus a framed presentation certificate.
Adam Jacobs, owner of Jacobs the Jewellers, comments: “I’m amazed with this year’s competition – the number of pieces and the quality is fantastic. With the vote count up from 250 to 300+ this year, there’s clearly an appetite for great jewellery and silver in our community. Thank you to the Bishopsland team, our co-sponsors and customers for their continued interest and support.”
The awards ceremony, held at the Reading-based Jacobs the Jewellers store was attended by members of the jewellery trade as well as the head of professional training at the Goldsmiths’ Centre and Andrew Wilgress of HS Walsh. Penelope Makower, principal and Oliver Makower, vice-principal of Bishopsland also attended as well as curious and interested Jacobs customers enjoying the sight of talented designers showing their skills.
The Goldsmiths Centre director, Peter Taylor, remarks: “Competitions like this provide emerging makers with a fantastic platform to showcase their skills and get feedback directly from potential consumers. We would like to congratulate all the winners and look forward to seeing where they progress to next.”