The jewellery-related awards were backed by The Goldsmiths’ Company, whose prime warden, Hector Miller, presented gongs to Filipa Oliveira (pictured), winner of the Goldsmiths’ Company Jewellery Award, and Bryony Jackson, who triumphed in the Goldsmiths’ Award for Silver.
Judging the awards were Lorna Watson, creative director of Astley Clarke; jewellery industry professional and silversmith Mary Ann Simmons; and Peter Taylor, director of technology and training at The Goldsmiths’ Company. Of Filipa’s work, they said: “[it] mixes contemporary form with the tradition of filigree, bringing it into a refreshingly modern context,” whilst Bryony’s winning candlesticks “show a nice fluidity of movement, and are designed to create a strong presence on the table.”
Both winning designers won a cheque for £1000 and precious metal to the value of £500. They have also been given places on The Goldsmiths’ Company’s annual graduate business training course, ‘Getting Started’.
Isobel Dennis, director of the show – which is now in its 26th year – praised the high standard of work on show, and remarked that the judges “commented on how strong contemporary applied arts was this year.” She added: “There was a sense that the overall standard of presentation was more professional and polished.”