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2019 Award winners

Sponsored by the Heart Gallery

The Heart Gallery Best Newcomer Award is only open to exhibitors in the Newcomers Gallery at BCTF. It is presented in recognition of quality of design, craftsmanship and good business skills.

The winners will be selected on originality in creating distinctive pieces that will excite and delight our many visitors.

The Heart Gallery are committed to discovering and nurturing emerging talent so are delighted to offer exhibition space to the Winner and Highly Commended, along with a certificate recording their achievement.

Alongside this fabulous opportunity we will support the winners across all their main social media platforms. We will also offer a mentoring session, in regards, to portfolio preparation for approaching galleries and venues, the session will also include help to develop further their creative practice.

Winner: Faye Hall Design
Highly Commended: Betsy & Els

Sponsored by ACID.

ACID is the UK's leading design and intellectual property campaigning organisation. A forward thinking trade association for designers and manufacturers; a not-for-profit organisation funded by membership fees. Their aim is to provide cost effective tips, advice and guidelines to help their members protect their intellectual property to achieve growth through a proactive IP strategy.

The winner will receive complimentary ACID membership for a year which includes free initial legal advice on intellectual property and design issues, access to the ACID IP Databank to upload evidence of original designs, along with the full range of ACID member benefits. See acid.uk.com for more information.

The winner will also be presented with a unique ACID trophy, A £100 shopping voucher and an ACID Member Focus promoting your products to the ACID community, along with a certificate recording their achievement.

Winner: Sandra Vick

Sponsored by the Pyramid Gallery.

Entry for this award is automatic and is open to all the makers exhibiting. The judges will select a Winner, and 2 Highly Commended. They will be Judged on Professionalism, Skill, Workmanship, Design, Creativity, and Stand Display.

Pyramid Gallery has been representing British crafts in York since 1982 and has been owned and managed by Terry Brett since 1994. All craft disciplines are represented.

The Winner's prize will be a solo exhibition in 2019/2020 held at the Pyramid Gallery in York and will run for a minimum of 4 weeks.

The prize for the two Highly Commended winners is a joint exhibition in 2019/2020 held at the Pyramid Gallery in York. Again, the exhibition will run for a minimum of 4 weeks.

Along with this fantastic prize all winners will receive a certificate presented to them at the award ceremony.

Winner: Melina Xenaki Ceramics
Highly Commended: Ugly Jewellery
Highly Commended: DW Glass

Sponsored by the Giftware Association

The Giftware Association sits at the heart of the gift and home industry, providing support, guidance and expertise to their members. They connect a community of designers, manufacturers, retailers and consumers to help forge prosperous partnerships. Whether you're a small start-up or a well established brand.

At The Giftware Association they recognise the remarkable talent and creativity on display at the British Craft Trade Fair. Each year they are proud to present The Giftware Association Award for Excellence in recognition of well designed products with commercial viability.

The lucky winner gains substantial PR coverage in national trade press, social media, The GA website and e-newsletter, attracting the attention of buyers. Additionally they receive a year's free membership with all the savings and assistance that the G.A. offer including free advice and legal help, savings on carriage costs as well as design protection with our Copywatch scheme and much more, along with a certificate recording their achievement.

Winner: Rachel Thornton

Sponsored by the National Association of Jewellers'

Automatically open to all jewellers exhibiting at the British Craft Trade Fair. The judges will take into account quality, design and craftsmanship. Winners prize is a trophy and a `Designer Craftsman` entry to the NAJ, plus publicity to the value of £1,000, along with a certificate recording their achievement.

Winner: Francesca Marcenaro

Sponsored by designGAP

The 2 Highly commended will receive:

  • free entry to either Gift of the Year, kids & parents consumer awards or Fashion accessory awards.
  • free entry in the Members Yearbook
  • free designGap membership for the year
The winner will receive all the above and can attend any seminars or Meet the Buyer events during the year absolutely free and mentoring with Sarah Ward.

The highly commended prizes have a value of £400 and the winner prize £1000, along with a certificate recording their achievement.

Winner: Kate Toms
Highly Commended: Melina Xenaki Ceramics
Highly Commended: Jack McGonicle Ceramics

Sponsored by The Platform Gallery.

The Platform Gallery is a Craft gallery based in the Ribble Valley, North West of England. Established in 1994, it is recognised nationally.

Awards are given to makers who are making new work that captures the joyfulness and exhilaration of British Craft in all its forms.

The winners will receive a 3 month duration showcase exhibition within the annual Platform & Function exhibition from January 2020, along with a certificate recording their achievement.

The Gallery is committed to supporting Independent Makers and looking out for exciting development in Craft.

Joint Winner: Cinda Clark Design
Joint Winner: Helen Eastham Studio
Joint Winner: Kevin Hutson
Joint Winner: Sarah Saunders Ceramics
Joint Winner: Rebecca Perry Ceramics
Joint Winner: Ellen Monaghan

Sponsored by the Greetings Today Magazine

The largest-circulation trade magazine for the greetings industry and the only one to be independently audited, the inaugural Greetings Card Award will be presented this year in recognition of the growth of this sector at the fair.

Greetings Today Magazine pick a Winner, Highly Commended and Commended plus a Just Because from all the greetings exhibitors. They are judged on a combination of originality, commercial viability, and wow factor with the ‘Just Because’ winner chosen for exactly that reason – just because the judges like it.

The prize for all is editorial coverage in Greetings Today and on the website along with a certificate recording their achievement.

Winner: Citrus Bunn
Highly Commended: Claire Baxter Fine Art
Commended: The Three Foxes
Commended: Jill Ray Landscapes
Winner "Just because" award: Betsy & Els