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The Goldsmiths' Centre announces lineup for Shine 2021

Posted by Isabel Keim on

23rd September – 22nd December 2021
Special Preview, 22nd September, 5pm – 6pm, Online (Zoom)

Thirteen makers have been selected for Shine 2021, the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s annual new talent showcase in jewellery and silversmithing. Their work testifies to the resourcefulness of creative practitioners during challenging times. The rigorous and anonymised selection process, which followed an open submission opportunity, was headed by guest judges communications specialist, Nyasha Daley, Shine 2019 exhibitor and jeweller, Ella Fearon-Low and Rachael Taylor, Journalist and Founder of the Jewellery Cut.

Jeweller Makila Nsika as part of Shine 2021

Returning as a hybrid event with collections for sale online at goldsmiths-shop-talent.org and a physical display at the Goldsmiths’ Centre, Shine 2021 will present new collections of cutting-edge work and celebrate up-and-coming UK designer makers. Each exhibitor will participate in an intensive online skills training programme, delivered by the Goldsmiths’ Centre, covering all aspects of selling and presenting themselves and their work online, designed to get them market ready for the digital opening on 22nd September 2021.
This year’s Shine 2021 exhibitors are:

  • Agata Karwoska
  • Alice Fry
  • Clio Saskia
  • Georgie Orme-Brown
  • Heidi Hockenjos
  • Kali Forbes
  • Katherine Brunacci
  • Makila Nsika
  • Maria Gower
  • Natalie Perry
  • Roberta Pederzoli
  • Josephine Gomersall
  • Ellina Pollitt

Silversmith and jeweller Josephine Gomersall

Shine 2021 provides a platform for the best new businesses in the industry. Every purchase of their work made via www.goldsmiths-shop-talent is reinvested to support emerging and thriving careers. Online Meet the Makers events, a digital special preview evening, and interviews and short films created with the makers and shared via the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s Instagram channel @gsmithscentre, are part of the Shine 2021 programme, enabling consumers and trade representatives to interact with these talented makers.

Charlotte Dew, Public Programme Manager explains: “Each year Shine is an opportunity to celebrate the extraordinary talent of emerging designer makers. Through the programme, the Goldsmiths’ Centre is committed to supporting the development of young businesses and training them to be fit to operate in the current market. This year we are delighted to have increased the number of participants and further our commitment to inclusively by inviting applications by open submission for the first time.”

Jeweller and silversmith Maria Gower

Shine 2021 makers will be showcasing and selling their work from 23rd September 2021 online here at www.goldsmiths-shop-talent.org

#Shine2021

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The Goldsmiths' Centre announces lineup for Shine 2021

Posted by Isabel Keim on

23rd September – 22nd December 2021
Special Preview, 22nd September, 5pm – 6pm, Online (Zoom)

Thirteen makers have been selected for Shine 2021, the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s annual new talent showcase in jewellery and silversmithing. Their work testifies to the resourcefulness of creative practitioners during challenging times. The rigorous and anonymised selection process, which followed an open submission opportunity, was headed by guest judges communications specialist, Nyasha Daley, Shine 2019 exhibitor and jeweller, Ella Fearon-Low and Rachael Taylor, Journalist and Founder of the Jewellery Cut.

Jeweller Makila Nsika as part of Shine 2021

Returning as a hybrid event with collections for sale online at goldsmiths-shop-talent.org and a physical display at the Goldsmiths’ Centre, Shine 2021 will present new collections of cutting-edge work and celebrate up-and-coming UK designer makers. Each exhibitor will participate in an intensive online skills training programme, delivered by the Goldsmiths’ Centre, covering all aspects of selling and presenting themselves and their work online, designed to get them market ready for the digital opening on 22nd September 2021.
This year’s Shine 2021 exhibitors are:

  • Agata Karwoska
  • Alice Fry
  • Clio Saskia
  • Georgie Orme-Brown
  • Heidi Hockenjos
  • Kali Forbes
  • Katherine Brunacci
  • Makila Nsika
  • Maria Gower
  • Natalie Perry
  • Roberta Pederzoli
  • Josephine Gomersall
  • Ellina Pollitt

Silversmith and jeweller Josephine Gomersall

Shine 2021 provides a platform for the best new businesses in the industry. Every purchase of their work made via www.goldsmiths-shop-talent is reinvested to support emerging and thriving careers. Online Meet the Makers events, a digital special preview evening, and interviews and short films created with the makers and shared via the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s Instagram channel @gsmithscentre, are part of the Shine 2021 programme, enabling consumers and trade representatives to interact with these talented makers.

Charlotte Dew, Public Programme Manager explains: “Each year Shine is an opportunity to celebrate the extraordinary talent of emerging designer makers. Through the programme, the Goldsmiths’ Centre is committed to supporting the development of young businesses and training them to be fit to operate in the current market. This year we are delighted to have increased the number of participants and further our commitment to inclusively by inviting applications by open submission for the first time.”

Jeweller and silversmith Maria Gower

Shine 2021 makers will be showcasing and selling their work from 23rd September 2021 online here at www.goldsmiths-shop-talent.org

#Shine2021

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Louisa Pacifico's Top 5 Picks from Shine 2020

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Looking for that perfect hand-crafted Christmas gift by new talent? Louisa Pacifico, founder of Future Icons and a passionate supporter of craft and design, reveals her top favourites from this year's Shine 2020. 

#1 Handmade Single Curl 18ct Yellow Gold Stud Earrings ~ Ellys May Woods

Everyone needs staples within their jewellery collections which transcend time. The simple wave design in these elegant gold studs by Ellys May Woods can be matched to any outfit and suit day and night occasions.

#2 Gold, Moonstone and Rhodolith Pink Frost Earrings ~ Katharina Kraus

Along with your staples, I like to have a few special pieces within my jewellery collection for the 'wow' factor at important events. These earrings by Katharina Kraus fit the bill perfectly, the right balance of sophistication and a hint of dazzle from the cut pink stone.

#3 Pewter and Jesmonite Hexagonal Elin Trinket Boxes ~ Heidi Carthew

Boxes make fabulous gifts for all, you can present another special item in them or simply pop in a note of love. These pewter and jesmonite terrazzo boxes by Heidi Carthew are the perfect keep sakes for all generations to use and enjoy on a daily basis.

#4 Handmade Sterling Silver Squirrel Pin Brooch ~ Katie Watson

I'm a huge fan of squirrels and brooches, so when I discovered Katie Watson's Squirrel brooch I simply fell in love. This piece spoke to me as the ideal gift as I can see all genders adorning this exquisitely chased squirrel on any lapel. 

#5 Silver and Blue Oval Reclaimed Wood Patterned Brooch ~ Caitlin Hegney

Brooches to me are like wearing small artworks and this piece by Caitlin Hegney supports my claim. A mixture of materials with seemingly simple inlaid silver dash marks in the wood, this brooch is another example of a piece that can be adorned by all for everyday occasions.

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Louisa Pacifico's Top 5 Picks from Shine 2020

Posted by Isabel Keim on

Looking for that perfect hand-crafted Christmas gift by new talent? Louisa Pacifico, founder of Future Icons and a passionate supporter of craft and design, reveals her top favourites from this year's Shine 2020. 

#1 Handmade Single Curl 18ct Yellow Gold Stud Earrings ~ Ellys May Woods

Everyone needs staples within their jewellery collections which transcend time. The simple wave design in these elegant gold studs by Ellys May Woods can be matched to any outfit and suit day and night occasions.

#2 Gold, Moonstone and Rhodolith Pink Frost Earrings ~ Katharina Kraus

Along with your staples, I like to have a few special pieces within my jewellery collection for the 'wow' factor at important events. These earrings by Katharina Kraus fit the bill perfectly, the right balance of sophistication and a hint of dazzle from the cut pink stone.

#3 Pewter and Jesmonite Hexagonal Elin Trinket Boxes ~ Heidi Carthew

Boxes make fabulous gifts for all, you can present another special item in them or simply pop in a note of love. These pewter and jesmonite terrazzo boxes by Heidi Carthew are the perfect keep sakes for all generations to use and enjoy on a daily basis.

#4 Handmade Sterling Silver Squirrel Pin Brooch ~ Katie Watson

I'm a huge fan of squirrels and brooches, so when I discovered Katie Watson's Squirrel brooch I simply fell in love. This piece spoke to me as the ideal gift as I can see all genders adorning this exquisitely chased squirrel on any lapel. 

#5 Silver and Blue Oval Reclaimed Wood Patterned Brooch ~ Caitlin Hegney

Brooches to me are like wearing small artworks and this piece by Caitlin Hegney supports my claim. A mixture of materials with seemingly simple inlaid silver dash marks in the wood, this brooch is another example of a piece that can be adorned by all for everyday occasions.

Read more


Rachael Taylor's Top 5 Picks from Shine 2020

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Author Rachael Taylor, The Jewellery Cut

With Christmas around the corner, it's time to start thinking about what you'd like to gift your loved ones and yourself to mark the festive season. Need some inspiration? Rachael Taylor, from the Jewellery Cut, joins us to share which stylish handmade jewellery and silver pieces she would choose in her top 5 picks from Shine 2020. 

#1 Silver and Gold Draped Necklace on a Silver Chain ~ Megan Brown

I find the backstory to Megan Brown’s jewellery totally transfixing. Hailing from a family of textile weavers, she has plundered her personal history for jewellery inspiration. The Woven collection, as its name suggests, weaves together 9ct gold and silver curb chain to create gently flexing textured designs that beg for fingers to run over them. 

#2 Mussel Shell Chased Sterling Silver Caddy Spoon ~ Sarah Shelton-Palmer

Sadly, I am not the type of elegant human that requires a solid-silver caddy to rest my spoon upon, but if I was, this is exactly the type of thing I’d go for. Inspired by the undulation of a mussel shell, Sarah Shelton-Palmer has used the silversmithing technique of chasing to create a beautiful zig-zag pattern. Fine materials for fine dining. 

#3 Unique Twisted Tales Black and Silver Thorn Collar ~ Daisy Grice

If you’re after a jewel that will stop you in your tracks, as this necklace has done to me on a number of occasions, Daisy Grice is the jeweller for you. This one-of-a-kind embodiment of macabre power takes its cues from “dark enchantments”. The necklace has been crafted in black nylon, making it softer than you might expect, with sharp horns of silver.

#4 Hand Carved Diamond and Gemstone Sky and Grey Ring ~ Katharina Kraus

  

I love the way that Katharina Kraus plays with soft colours through her gemstone selection, and this ring – which I have been fortunate enough to try on – is a master stroke in luminous light play. Dusky chalcedony and grey agate, custom cut in Idar-Oberstein, are warmed by yellow gold and diamonds, and its wallflower-wilting size feels utterly wearable when on.    

#5 Tyche Gold Plated Sterling Silver Vermeil Ring ~ Yilin Wang

Curvaceous is a good and worthy word to throw at jewellery, and there is something satisfyingly belly warming about a ring that can break free from the simple circle. Yilin Wang has nailed curvaceous with this wave-inspired open ring, which balances structural daring with smooth wearing. Much, as I imagine, its goddess namesake Tyche did. 

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Rachael Taylor's Top 5 Picks from Shine 2020

Posted by Rae Gellel on

Author Rachael Taylor, The Jewellery Cut

With Christmas around the corner, it's time to start thinking about what you'd like to gift your loved ones and yourself to mark the festive season. Need some inspiration? Rachael Taylor, from the Jewellery Cut, joins us to share which stylish handmade jewellery and silver pieces she would choose in her top 5 picks from Shine 2020. 

#1 Silver and Gold Draped Necklace on a Silver Chain ~ Megan Brown

I find the backstory to Megan Brown’s jewellery totally transfixing. Hailing from a family of textile weavers, she has plundered her personal history for jewellery inspiration. The Woven collection, as its name suggests, weaves together 9ct gold and silver curb chain to create gently flexing textured designs that beg for fingers to run over them. 

#2 Mussel Shell Chased Sterling Silver Caddy Spoon ~ Sarah Shelton-Palmer

Sadly, I am not the type of elegant human that requires a solid-silver caddy to rest my spoon upon, but if I was, this is exactly the type of thing I’d go for. Inspired by the undulation of a mussel shell, Sarah Shelton-Palmer has used the silversmithing technique of chasing to create a beautiful zig-zag pattern. Fine materials for fine dining. 

#3 Unique Twisted Tales Black and Silver Thorn Collar ~ Daisy Grice

If you’re after a jewel that will stop you in your tracks, as this necklace has done to me on a number of occasions, Daisy Grice is the jeweller for you. This one-of-a-kind embodiment of macabre power takes its cues from “dark enchantments”. The necklace has been crafted in black nylon, making it softer than you might expect, with sharp horns of silver.

#4 Hand Carved Diamond and Gemstone Sky and Grey Ring ~ Katharina Kraus

  

I love the way that Katharina Kraus plays with soft colours through her gemstone selection, and this ring – which I have been fortunate enough to try on – is a master stroke in luminous light play. Dusky chalcedony and grey agate, custom cut in Idar-Oberstein, are warmed by yellow gold and diamonds, and its wallflower-wilting size feels utterly wearable when on.    

#5 Tyche Gold Plated Sterling Silver Vermeil Ring ~ Yilin Wang

Curvaceous is a good and worthy word to throw at jewellery, and there is something satisfyingly belly warming about a ring that can break free from the simple circle. Yilin Wang has nailed curvaceous with this wave-inspired open ring, which balances structural daring with smooth wearing. Much, as I imagine, its goddess namesake Tyche did. 

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Shine 2020 opens this week

Posted by Isabel Keim on

Shine 2020, the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s annual new talent showcase in jewellery and silversmithing, opens this Friday at www.goldsmiths-shop-talent.org. Celebrating emerging UK designer-makers, a special preview event will be held on 17th September at 6pm. Join to see the eleven hand-picked makers present their new collections in conversation, and showcase their inspiration and skills through behind-the-scenes short films.

Each maker has been supported through an intensive online skills training programme, delivered by the Goldsmiths’ Centre and designed to get them market ready for the online opening.

Shine 2020 provides a platform for the best new talent in the industry. Every purchase of their work made via www.goldsmiths-shop-talent helps to support emerging and thriving careers.

This year’s Shine 2020 exhibitors are:

 

Caitlin Hegney

Daisy Grice

 

Ellys May Woods

 

Francesca Urciuoli

Heidi Carthew

Katharina Kraus

Katie Watson

Lyndsay Fairley

Megan Brown

Sarah Shelton-Palmer

Yilin Wang

 


Two further Meet the Makers events will be held on 30th September and 5th October showcasing new-talent makers participating in Shine 2020 and the Goldsmiths’ Company’s Goldsmiths’ Fair. Each will introduce their inspirations and making stories, and talk about their practice and techniques.

Charlotte Dew, Public Programme Manager explains: “We can’t wait to officially launch Shine 2020 and celebrate the incredible talent of these 11 emerging jewellers and silversmiths. They have all been on an intensive journey this summer, learning a wide variety of new skills to prepare them for selling their collections online, now and in the future. We’re really proud of how much they have learnt, and the Goldsmiths’ Centre team is delighted to be putting a spotlight on their incredible talent.”  

Shine 2020 makers will be showcasing and selling their work from 18th September 2020 online at www.goldsmiths-shop-talent.org

#Shine2020

 

 

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Shine 2020 opens this week

Posted by Isabel Keim on

Shine 2020, the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s annual new talent showcase in jewellery and silversmithing, opens this Friday at www.goldsmiths-shop-talent.org. Celebrating emerging UK designer-makers, a special preview event will be held on 17th September at 6pm. Join to see the eleven hand-picked makers present their new collections in conversation, and showcase their inspiration and skills through behind-the-scenes short films.

Each maker has been supported through an intensive online skills training programme, delivered by the Goldsmiths’ Centre and designed to get them market ready for the online opening.

Shine 2020 provides a platform for the best new talent in the industry. Every purchase of their work made via www.goldsmiths-shop-talent helps to support emerging and thriving careers.

This year’s Shine 2020 exhibitors are:

 

Caitlin Hegney

Daisy Grice

 

Ellys May Woods

 

Francesca Urciuoli

Heidi Carthew

Katharina Kraus

Katie Watson

Lyndsay Fairley

Megan Brown

Sarah Shelton-Palmer

Yilin Wang

 


Two further Meet the Makers events will be held on 30th September and 5th October showcasing new-talent makers participating in Shine 2020 and the Goldsmiths’ Company’s Goldsmiths’ Fair. Each will introduce their inspirations and making stories, and talk about their practice and techniques.

Charlotte Dew, Public Programme Manager explains: “We can’t wait to officially launch Shine 2020 and celebrate the incredible talent of these 11 emerging jewellers and silversmiths. They have all been on an intensive journey this summer, learning a wide variety of new skills to prepare them for selling their collections online, now and in the future. We’re really proud of how much they have learnt, and the Goldsmiths’ Centre team is delighted to be putting a spotlight on their incredible talent.”  

Shine 2020 makers will be showcasing and selling their work from 18th September 2020 online at www.goldsmiths-shop-talent.org

#Shine2020

 

 

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Shine 2020: New Line-Up

Posted by Isabel Keim on

Discover the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s annual new talent showcase in jewellery and silversmithing, presenting eleven new collections hand-picked for their originality and quality. 

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Shine 2020: New Line-Up

Posted by Isabel Keim on

Discover the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s annual new talent showcase in jewellery and silversmithing, presenting eleven new collections hand-picked for their originality and quality. 

Read more