Applications are now open for the second Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office’s Make Your Mark Awards, which invites students and young designers to design a piece of jewellery or silverware that celebrates the London hallmark, the iconic Leopard’s Head.
The competition is open to current students, apprentices and recently graduated designers (within the last five years) of precious metal-related jewellery and silversmithing courses. There are two Award categories to enter: Jewellery and Silversmithing
The award objectives are:
- To challenge today’s students working in precious metal both technically and artistically;
- To educate today’s students on UK hallmarking and the legal requirements when selling their work;
- To motivate jewellers, silversmiths and other design disciplines to explore new ground, and stretch their imagination of the use of the hallmark.
Last year’s Jewellery category winner was Roxanne Gilbert for her silver Five Facets ring. The ring features the full traditional hallmark over the five flattened surfaces of rounded clusters. Last years award for silversmithing was Annabel Hood for her beaker design, titled London’s Leopard.
Highly commended designs came from Max Danger, Rebecca Doe and Adriana Klimentjevaite.
Prizes will be awarded to the most artistically convincing design, model or finished piece in which precious metal is used, and where a prominent London hallmark is part of the design. This years prizes the winners have the chance to win a hallmarking punch and hallmarking credit, an introductory course at Joanna Hardy’s online jewellery school (worth £250), or mentorship by Garrard and tour of their studio.
Make Your Mark judge Adam Phillips “We’re looking for people who are pushing the boundaries of using the London Leopards Head. Having seen so many different varieties of hallmarks I want to see something unique that has never crossed my path, something I have never hallmarked in the same way and something that does not only add consumer protection but is also an integral part of the design. Something that shows off 700 years of British tradition’
To apply to Make Your Mark Awards, download the application form here.
DEADLINE: 29th September
The winners will be revealed at an exclusive event at London’s Goldsmiths’ Hall on Tuesday 31st October 2017 during the two-day Make Your Mark event.
Make Your Mark event, hosted at Goldsmiths’ Hall is the UK’s biggest careers event for apprentices and students of jewellery and allied trades.
Make Your Mark is a completely free tutor–student event open to apprentices, and anyone studying on a UK-based precious-metal-related course (full- or part-time) whether at degree level or on a short adult education or private tutored course.
The event will include talks, live demos, career advice and more.
Book to attend Make Your Mark here.