I look forward to the Saul Bell Design Award each year because of the beautiful designs and artistry of the shortlisted pieces.
The award is split into six categories, with five finalists per category (seven finalists in the emerging artist category).
There will be one winner per category with awards given for design, ‘an original vision, a fresh take on traditional methods and materials and a mastery of your craft’
The six categories are
- Metal clay
- Alternative metals/materials
- Emerging artist
I have picked my personal favourites from each category (it’s a bit difficult in the metal clay category as three of the finalists are friends of mine!)
You can see the jaw dropping work from all the finalists here
|Kent Raible, finalist of the Gold/platinum category|
What a stunning piece, I love the asymmetric design
|Andy Lucas, finalist of the Silver/argentium category|
Every time I look at this piece I notice something else! I love the layering in this piece.
|Ivy Solomon, finalist of the metal clay category|
The design and use of colour in this piece caught my eye
|Kristin Holeman, finalist of the enamel category|
I love the storytelling in this necklace
|Phillip Peck, finalist of the holloware category|
I can’t begin to think about how I would make this!
Alternative materials and metals
|Una Barrett, finalist of the alternative materials and metals category|
I love the ammonites and the layering in this piece
|Chloe Henderson, finalist of the emerging artist category|
What an unusual design, really impressive
This blog post was originally written for the London Jewellery School blog and was posted on 8th May 2015. This is an adapted version