Jacobs the Jewellers and the Bishopsland Educational Trust, together with sponsors the Goldsmiths’ Centre and HS Walsh, have announced the winners of the fifth edition of the annual Emerging Designer Competition.
The three-week long competition closed on 28 June, with the winners announced and a demonstration at Reading-based Jacobs the Jewellers. The competition also attracted a record number of public votes – over 300 votes were cast, and the results were as follows:
Winner: Harriet Morris, silver fantasy necklace
Runner up: Charlotte Vanhoubroueck, silver locket brooch
Winner: Samuel Hemmett, Silver condiment vessels and spoons
Runner up: Rebecca Oldfield, Silver and gold gilded box
In-competition designers were joined by sponsors Chris Oliver, 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.
Adam Jacobs, owner of Jacobs the Jewellers, said: “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.”
Peter Taylor, director, The Goldsmiths Centre, added: “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.”