Students scoop industry prizes at New Designers

Weston Beamor and Goldsmiths’ Company sponsor career-launching prizes.

Three students won jewellery and silversmithing prizes at New Designers yesterday, gaining industry recognition for their use of new technologies, innovation, saleability and quality of finish.

Weston Beamor sponsored the Weston Beamor Award for innovative use of CAD and technologies in design, as well as the use of traditional finishes.

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Its judging panel including Glen Day and Ed Hole of Weston Beamor, jewellery designer Alex Monroe, the BJA’s Lindsey Straughton and Professional Jeweller editor Kathryn Bishop.

After whittling down to three finalists the judges selected Glasgow School of Art’s silversmith Hamish Dobbie for his use of technology as an integral part of his collection, while creating work with an organic edge. His designs included a set of silver spoons and a wood and silver box inspired by the Staffa rock formations on the Isle of Mull. He created the collection using Rhino and traditional techniques.

Dobbie took home £1,000 in cash to spend towards the development of his craft, plus a week’s work experience with Weston Beamor in Birmingham.

The two Goldsmiths’ Company winners were selected based on the disciplines of silversmithing and jewellery design. Its judging panel included the Goldsmiths’ Centre director Peter Taylor, jewellery designer Ivonna Poplanska and Astley Clarke’s creative director Lorna Watson.

The winners of the Goldsmiths’ Company award for silversmithing went to Florence Carter of Sheffield Hallam, who was chosen for a set of candle stick holders.

The judges chose Carter for her growth and said that "she has huge potential and a promising career ahead of her". Carter won a week-long internship with a London silversmith living expenses and travel bursary up to £500 and registration package at London Assay Office.

The Goldsmiths’ Company’s award for jewellery was won by Kelly Munro of Edinburgh College of Art for her silver brooch. Munro was praised for her use of no technology whatsoever in the creation of her work and the fact the metal was a brand new material that she had never worked with until recently.

The judges praised her "great use of colour and sensitivity". Munro won a week-long internship with a London jewellery, living expenses and travel bursary up to £500 and registration package at London Assay Office.



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