s.22 Smallworkers & Modelmakers

(J) Junior          (S) Senior
Smallwork is normally: boxes, bottles, accessories, objet d’art, products, clocks, watches and timepieces. 

Smallwork may incorporate / be defined as: 

  • Pieces that are more functional and composed of several parts that make the final article, however, they can have no function at all and are purely decorative;
  • Articles that may include a combination of skills such as engraving, enamelling, stone setting, lathe work or engine turning;
  • A piece that often incorporates intricate detail and precise fitting parts;
  • A piece that has hidden features / detail or moving mechanisms that may be only obvious when a hinged door, or lid to a box opens to reveal the inside.

See below for some further guidance and entry requirements.

(S) Simon Coldicott - Formula 1 Car
(S) Simon Coldicott - Formula 1 Car

Judges are looking for

  • Fine fitting of parts with small tolerances and complexity of the piece;
  • Quality of soldering and construction;
  • The inclusion of chenier joints, flush joints, and book joints;
  • Control of flat surfaces and parts that are attached by soldering;
  • The use of non-permanent joining of parts by screw threads or bolts and nuts.

Entrants must include information on the materials used, method of manufacture, if laser welding was included.

Entry Form Requirements

There will be placeholders on the entry form for you to explain your design concept and the tools or techniques / processes that you have used. We encourage entrants to use these placeholders wisely. The information you provide will be ensure that judges can make informed decisions. 

The placeholders are: 

  • Material information: Materials used to produce the piece/s. (Max 150 words) 
  • Processes used to produce the piece/s: It is important that you write down all the techniques you have used to make your piece and especially whether any elements are created using technology. This will be used in the judging process and you may be at a disadvantage if it is unclear how the piece was made. (Max 150 words)

In addition, if another craftsperson helped to finish / create your entry (i.e. polishing / engraving) they may enter your piece as a separate entry under the relevant craft section (i.e s.20 Polishers) This is a great way to champion the crafts and the collaborative nature of our industry! 

(J) James Kydd - Gentleman’s Dress Suite Box
(J) James Kydd - Gentleman’s Dress Suite Box

Additional sections to enter

Have you considered entering your piece into a 3D Design section or an additional 3D Craft section as well?

09 Jan

Online entry deadline (for ALL entries)

25-27 Jan

All 3D entries submission / post-in days @ Goldsmiths' Centre, London

28 Feb

Awards Ceremony @ The Goldsmiths' Hall, London

09-11 Mar

Collection & post-back of entries; The Goldsmiths' Centre, London


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