The Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council (GCDC) presented to silversmith Grant Macdonald with its ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’, and said his “contribution and continuing legacy to the industry is significant and unquestionable”. Macdonald was presented with the LAA silver medal by prime warden Michael Prideaux and Tom Fattorini, sponsor of the award.
Additionally, Tony Bedford received the Jacques Cartier Memorial Award for his silver ‘Chased Head’ design, inspired by Rodin’s Burghers of Calais. Bedford also won the award in 1979.
GCDC said the annual competition “rewards excellence” in technical skills and creative design in precious metals and related materials, and added that the event actively encourages established craftspersons and designers in the industry, as well as apprentices and students to enter their work.
GCDC chairman, Andrew Putland, said: “Congratulations to all of this year’s award winners, who have again impressed the Council and our judges, with fine examples of craft and design skills across many specialist sections.
“Our expert industry judges frequently commented on the exceptionally high standard of work this year, and we are pleased with the number of entries that met Council’s benchmark for Gold Awards in 2019.”
He added: “The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards mark a positive start to the year for our junior and senior entrants, and the Council was pleased to celebrate and enjoy their success on Monday night through these great Awards.”