Innovative Design: A Conversation with Winners of the Goldsmiths' Company Award

13 Feb 2019 · 6:00PM - 8:00PM
£15 (includes a welcome drink)
Exhibition Room
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The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council (GC & DC), in collaboration with the Goldsmiths’ Centre, present an ‘in conversation’ event with talented award winners who have been celebrated for their combination of original design and fine craftsmanship over the last decade.

Chaired by writer, editor and creative consultant Kathryn Bishop, five award-winning goldsmiths and designers:

will give a fascinating insight into a winners’ experience, and the work and commitment involved to be a contender for the prestigious Goldsmiths’ Company Award, in GC & DC’s annual competition. Their Goldsmiths’ Company Award winning work will be celebrated in a feature showcase in GC & DC’s 2018 Retrospective exhibition, which you can see at this event. 

Be inspired by their stories and discover what it takes to be in the running for this prestigious prize.

When does the event start?

Exchange innovative ideas and network with your peers with a glass of wine, a beer or soft drink from 6pm. The talk starts at 6.45pm.

Who are the speakers?

Kathryn Bishop is a writer and trends consultant specialising in jewellery and watches, with more than 14 years’ background working with jewellery designers, retailers and watch brands. At present, she is Deputy Foresight Editor at global futures and trends consultancy The Future Laboratory. Kathryn is a Council Member and Trustee of the UK’s prestigious Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council and co-founder of the Women’s Jewellery Network.

John Moore’s work is instantly recognisable for its distinctive design and won him the Goldsmiths’ Company Award in 2016. Inspired by feathers, wings and other natural forms, John imagines and engineers his own hybrid specimens. Materials are selected because of their unique properties and include both the traditional and the modern - gold, silver, steel, glass, aluminium, silicone and magnets. With emphasis on colour, form and movement his pieces become an extension of the body to enhance and empower the wearer. 

Zoë Harding is a multi-award winning jewellery designer, who has collaborated with numerous well known luxury, premium and high street brands across the globe to design and develop new jewellery collections under their name. Having won the prestigious Goldsmiths’ Company Award in 2013, she also work with private clients to create bespoke pieces using the finest materials and gems.

Ornella Iannuzzi is an established London-based artist jeweller creating mainly one-of-statement pieces of high end jewellery. Famous for her unique award-winning pieces, her work combines the souls of high fashion and avant-garde into distinctive and powerful pieces which are uncompromising in craftsmanship. Characterized by harmonious composition of materials, colours, and textures - with an incredible attention to detail - her “Fine Art Jewellery” collections have forged her enviable reputation in the industry. 

Fred Rich is well established as one of Britain’s most dynamic exciting art enamellers. His distinctive style and technical expertise make him one of the country’s foremost designer-makers, attracting a wide circle of discerning collectors, both at home and abroad. Fred’s outstanding work, in which technical perfection gives free rein to creativity and artistry has seen him win the Goldsmiths’ Company Award four times. 

Tom Rucker is a multi-award winning, international jeweller whose creations have been worn at the Oscars’ and Emmy’s. He is recognised as one of the most influential platinum jewellery designers of his time. The creator of blue platinum and of the innovative Geo2 laser technique in the 2017 competition Tom scooped an exceptional five gold awards, in recognition of his creative, innovative ground-breaking work. 

Image credit: GC &DC Major Awards, Senior Award 2017, Tom Rucker London, Platinum and Diamond Brooch Pendant