Last month at Goldsmiths’ Hall in London, a glittering force of top craftsmen and women gathered to see Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent present the Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award to celebrated silversmith, Christopher Lawrence.
Addressing the 300 strong audience, Princess Michael commented that she was heartened and encouraged to see such a vibrant and eclectic community of designers and craftsmen producing such impressive work. She went on to congratulate everyone for taking part and contributing to make this competition what it is, a world leader.
Princess Michael was given a private viewing of all the winning pieces accompanied by the Clerk of The Goldsmiths’ Company and The Lord Sutherland of Houndwood, the current Prime Warden. On her departure, the guest presenter, Leo de Vroomen took over announcing and presenting all other awards in the competition.
This year attracted an unprecedented 700 entries from around the United Kingdom, ranging from large-scale silverware, to delicate and refined smallwork and exquisite diamond mounting. Entries were judged by 60 experts drawn from across the industry.