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2020 GC&DC competition launched at IJL

The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council (GC&DC) returns to International Jewellery London in 2019, where it will formally launch the 2019/20 edition of its nationwide annual competition, The Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship & Design Awards. The GC&DC’s competition launch and appearance at IJL is supported by an exciting programme, including: An exclusive showcase of 2018/19 GC&DC Award winners’ work including Cartier Award winner Tony Bedford, as well as IJL and Goldsmiths’ Company Awards recipient and 2019 Jeweller of the Fair, John Moore. An unmissable ‘In Conversation’ with Tony Bedford and Neil Battes, Cartier’s workshop manager, hosted and facilitated by the GC&DC and

Contemporary British Silversmiths launch skill share films

The Contemporary British Silversmiths have launched a skills share initiative where members will be sharing some of the skills that have been passed onto them by other craftspeople throughout their career. The Contemporary British Silversmiths has a long history of community and skills sharing - peer to peer learning is one of the organisation’s founding principles. The first skill share is from Rauni Higson, and shows master silversmith Tony Bedford demonstrating how to solder a wire rim onto a flared vase. Tony agreed to answer any questions on the CBS Instagram page on the video post when it was launched [youtube CBS

Contemporary British Silversmiths at the London Design Festival 2019

Contemporary British Silversmiths at the London Design Festival 2019 TRANSFORMING TRAINING: A free day of live silversmithing demonstrations by Contemporary British Silversmiths at the V&A Sunday 15 September 2019 | 10am to 5pm​ Room 66, Silver Galleries, Victoria and Albert Museum​ Live Demonstrations by Tony Bedford, Rauni Higson and Charlotte Tollyfield​ ​A commitment to passing on craft techniques has been central to the mission of Contemporary British Silversmiths (CBS) for more than 20 years. Silversmiths learn their craft over a lifetime and CBS is helping support a new generation of designers to acquire the highest level of craft skills. Join

Blunt Blades

Contemporary Intervention by Leading Artist Arabel Lebrusan Opens at The Higgins Bedford: Blunt Blades 11 November 2021 - 30th October 2022  The Higgins Art Gallery & Museum, Bedford  Blunt Blades , a new display exploring our complex relationships with knives and their variety of roles by leading visual artist,  Arabel Lebrusan , opens at  The Higgins Bedford  on Thursday 11 November 2021. Knife crime in the UK is the highest it has been in over a decade. Informed by years of research after Arabel received three crates of confiscated knives and weapons from Bedfordshire Police in 2013, this display explores

Acid Member Secures Settlement as Enkel Withdraws Lookalike Augusta Designs From Sale

ACID members Core Products Limited commenced proceedings in respect of four of its Augusta range of designs against each of FW Style Limited, IQ GB (UK) Limited, Furnished With Style Limited and their directors alleging infringement by their Enkel Furniture range.  The Proceedings, issued by ACID Legal Affiliates Taylors Solicitors, were initially defended, the Defendants alleging independent origination. However, following an exchange of legal correspondence, the Defendants entered into a confidential settlement with Core Products and the matter has been resolved with the Enkel products withdrawn from sale. Tony Catterall, a Partner of ACID Legal Affiliates, Taylors Solicitors said, "This

Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council Launch the 19/20 'Jewellery Oscars' at IJL 2019

As well as hosting a programme of glittering events at this years' International Jewellery London, the Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council also launched the 2019/20 edition of the Goldsmiths' Craft & Design Awards, lovingly dubbed the "Oscars of the Industry".  The annual GC&DC Awards inspire and encourage excellence and skills development among graduates, apprentices, designers and masters working in jewellery, silversmithing and the allied trades. This year is host to some interesting design briefs, centred around Endangered Species, reinventing the Champagne Glass, and Sustainable Jewellery. Previous recipients of the awards were on display, including  last years' Cartier Award winner Tony

UK Jewellery Businesses embark on Innovative Ventures with the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s Business Catalyst (Large) Grants

The Goldsmiths’ Centre has announced the recipients of its Business Catalyst (Large) Grants, which are designed to support entrepreneurial jewellers, silversmiths, and allied industry practitioners across the UK. Jewellers Hannah Bedford, Ellis Mhairi Cameron and Shola Branson have each been awarded grants of up to £7,000. The grants are funded through modern philanthropic giving by members of the Goldsmiths’ Company to the 1327 Fund. The Goldsmiths’ Centre in the City of London has announced the two recipients and commended recipient of its Business Catalyst (Large) Grants, which are designed to support the business development of entrepreneurial jewellers, silversmiths, and allied

Appointment: Lizzie McAuley joins Board of Houlden Group

Luxury jewellery consortium, the Houlden Group, have announced the appointment of Lizzie McAuley as the latest Director to join the Board. As a Director of Bedford based Baker Brothers Diamonds – the luxury family-run jeweller of merit founded in 1839 - Lizzie’s rich heritage and wealth of knowledge in the diamond trade makes her an invaluable asset to the Board. After a varied career in Buying for designer and supermarket brands such as Hugo Boss and Tesco, Lizzie joined Baker Brothers after her Father became ill, moving rapidly through an intense programme of training and completed her diamond grading, gemmology

Ring 2017, Diana Porter Contemporary Jewellery

This spring, Diana Porter Contemporary jewellery have asked a selection of their current designers, as well as some old favourites and some brand-new ones, to submit their most exclusive wedding / engagement ring combinations. They wanted an inspiring exhibition showcasing a plethora of talent and craftsmanship! Several designers have submited bespoke pairings, created especially for the exhibition, whilst others will premier pieces from their new collections. Diana Porter will launch her latest creations in precious metals set with unique stones, for an exclusive first look. Alongside Diana Porter, this exhibition will feature pieces by: Hannah Bedford, Justin Duance, Maria Frantzi,

Professional Development

We've compiled a list of professional development and short course providers from up and down the country... West Dean College West Dean Nr Chichester West Sussex PO18 0QZ Annette Petch Jewellery Studio 1 Manor Oaks Studios 389 Manor Lane Sheffield S2 1UL Barovic Jewellery Academy Barovic Jewellery Academy 2 The Broadway Bedford Bedfordshire MK40 2TH 01234 340006 Bezeal 16 Bryn Calch, Morganstown, Cardiff. CF15 8FD Bishopsland Nr Reading Berkshire/Oxfordshire Bristol School of Ar Bristol School of Art Queens Road Clifton Bristol BS8 1PX Centrepunch South East London / Kent borders Craftworx Jewellery Workshops