The Podolsky Award

Special Award

This special award is for a young designer or craftsman showing outstanding potential in silversmithing, jewellery or the allied crafts up to the age of 30. All gold award winning entries that qualify for this award will be judged by a dedicated panel of industry experts

Sorrel Acacia - Tulip Necklace 
Winner of the Podolsky Award 2020/21

Judges Comments 2019/20

"I think the only piece of advice I could give to future entrants in the finished object sections, is to ensure that any pieces you submit that are part-finished prototypes [i.e. diamond mounting] is to brighten them up by scratch brushing them or giving them a brighter finish just so that they look much more zingy than plain dull silver or gold. I think that some of the pieces could therefore be promoted to a higher level just because they look fresh and more considered as a piece despite the fact they're not finished, they still need to look bright and beautiful ready for the competition."

"Yet again it was wonderful to see so many truly talented people who are at the start of their journey in this fantastic industry. The disciplines we saw were diverse ranging from 2D design to chasing and almost everything in between....Advice for entrants next year: Do your best. Always keep an open mind and push the bounds of your imagination."

Alexander Wood - Butterfly Inspired Knuckle Ring  - Winner of the The Podolsky Award 2019/20
Alexander Wood - Butterfly Inspired Knuckle Ring

Winner of the The Podolsky Award 2019/20

Caiyang Yin - Human Face Brooches  - Winner of the The Podolsky Award 2018/19
Caiyang Yin - Human Face Brooches

Winner of the The Podolsky Award 2018/19

James Kydd - Gentleman’s Dress Suite Box  - Winner of the The Podolsky Award 2017/18
James Kydd - Gentleman’s Dress Suite Box

Winner of the The Podolsky Award 2017/18

This award was started in 2008 by Paul Podolsky in memory of his father Salman. It is given to a young designer or craftsman showing outstanding potential in silversmithing, jewellery or the allied crafts up to the age of 30.

Salman Podolsky was born in Ukraine in the 1890’s, and at the age of 12 he was sent alone across the country to become a jewellery apprentice. He was offered no wage, slept under his bench and relied on food handouts from the skilled jewellers.

Following his apprenticeship, at 22 Salman took a jewellery job in Amsterdam which involved making the move from the Ukraine, by foot, to his new place of employment - a difficult enough task but made almost lethal as border crossings were then punishable by death. After four years Salman moved to London and started a jewellery business in Greville Street, eventually employing 40 people.
Paul was one of Salman’s three children, he became apprentice to his father and inherited both the business and Salman’s passion for jewellery. Paul always recognised how important it was to foster enthusiasm and help young people in our industry and was still mentoring students until the end of his life at the age of 95.


 

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