The two winners of the New Designers Goldsmiths’ Company Awards were announced at the Business Design Centre, Islington this month.

Students exhibiting jewellery and silver in the Jewellery and Contemporary Design and Crafts zone at the New Designers Show were automatically considered for the awards, before the Goldsmiths’ Company Judges selected the winners.

Rachel Hardie won the silversmithing category for her Chimney Pot Series, a range of mixed metal vessels.


Egle Bantyne, of Ulster University, scooped the jewellery award for her ‘Curious Constructions’ collection of silver hinged and curvilinear jewellery.

The judges commented: “This collection shows a multi-dimensional playfulness. Executed with precision and thought, it reflects an evolving body of work.”

The Goldsmiths’ Company is a leading sponsor of New Designers, the UK’s principal showcase of creative and innovative work from design graduates.

The winners each receive a week’s work experience in a professional workshop at the Goldsmiths’ Centre, a bursary of up to £500 towards living expenses, and a special student hallmarking package, including a 10-year registration at the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office, laser software set-up for laser hallmarking, a complimentary behind the scenes tour of the Assay Office and free access to the Goldsmiths’ Company Library.

Michael Prideaux, prime warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company, commented: “The Goldsmiths’ Company is thrilled to once again partner with New Designers to recognise the best work from graduate designers. We are proud to back the next generation of designers working in metal as part of our overall support for the trade at every level.

“Rachel Hardie and Egle Bantyne are deserving winners and we’re pleased to support them as they develop on their creative journey.”