The winners of Jacobs the Jewellers 6th Emerging Designer Competition, sponsored by H S Walsh & Sons Ltd have been announced.
The competition, between 5 Bishopsland Eductional Trust students had 2 categories: Jewellery & Silversmithing
Jacobs, the oldest independant jewellery retailer in Reading, have been running it's Emerging Designer competition for 6 years, but this year's event was unique in that it was carried out entirely online, with a web based gallery and online gallery. Adam Jacobs, partner at Jacobs the Jewellers was very pleased with the digital format. "We had nearly double the number of votes compared to our previous record and the exceptional public engagement with the new format shows a real appetitie for individual design. Given the difficult circumstances, it's very encouraging."
All the contestants are participants in current residential courses at Bishopsland and as the country went into lockdown, they continued to develop their pieces as an isolated "family" unit together. The 2 winners are naturally very pleased to have been selected by the public.
Jewellery winner Rebecca Oldfield, a recent graduate of Cardiff School of Art and Design, is honing her skills at Bishopsland. She produced a silver multifuctional piece, where the lid of the container doubles as a brooch and the earrings are stored in a hidden compartment. All the components are decorated with chasing and pearl accents.
Silversmithing winner Sarah Shelton-Palmer entered a hand raised Britannia silver wine carafe, decorated with chased flowing lines reminiscent of the ocean. Sarah, from Cornwall, completed a degree in Silversmithing and Jewellery at Truro College before coming to Bishopsland.
Penelope & Oliver Makower, Founders of Bishopsland Educational Trust are particularly proud of their students. "We were particularly pleased with the contribution from all of the members, which has made it an important and worthwhile event."
The competition was sponsored by us at H S Walsh together with the Goldsmiths Centre and Reading charity Jelly Arts. Our CEO, Patrick Sheehan said "Congratulations to the winners. We are keen to support new makers entering the industry and the standard achieved by all the entrants was outstanding. Well done to everyone, you have proven there is a very bright future for yourselves and Jewellery and Silversmithing in general"