LONDON, March 2015 - The presentation of the annual Awards of the Goldsmiths Craftsmanship and Design Competition took place at the prestigious Goldsmiths Hall in London on Monday 2nd March 2015.
This important annual event was hosted by Kay Alexander and supported by a number of important trade companies and individuals, sponsors, industry associations and trade press.
A total of 111 winners were honoured in 23 categories with 22 Gold Awards, 36 Silver Awards and 53 Commendations from over 600 entries.
The Lifetime Achievement Award for 2015 was presented to Mr Normal Bassant for his outstanding and distinguished craftsmanship and teaching. He also served on the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council for over 20 years. Norman was presented with the LAA silver medal.
This unique annual competition, known affectionately within the trade as the Oscars of the Industry, rewards excellence in technical skills and creative design in precious metals and related materials. The Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council, who run the competition, actively encourage crfatsmen and designers in the industry, apprentices and students to enter their work in these highly respected awards.
As with previous years, the headline sponsors for 2015 include the Goldsmiths’ Company as its Founding and lead Patron, Cartier as Principal Patron. International Jewellery London (IJL), Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A) and The Goldsmiths’ Centre are all Special Patrons, with HRH Princess Michael of Kent as the Council’s Royal Patron. New Special Award Patrons joining this year are Vipa Designs Ltd, C. W. Sellors Fine Jewellery, The National Association of Goldsmiths and Theo Fennell.
Entries are invited and actively encouraged in all aspects of the trade, from new entrants to skilled craftsmen, apprentices and from education. The competition accommodates all craft and design activities in the profession, including specialist sections such as diamond mounting, setting, silversmithing, chasing, enamelling, 2D design - including CAD, jewellery, smallwork, technology and many more.