Earlier this week, the British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) announced the winners of the show’s annual awards which set out to recognise British designer-makers.
“BCTF is a real celebration of all things British and handmade, and our award winners represent that brilliantly,” commented show organiser, Margeret Bunn.
The winners were as follows:
Form & Function Award sponsored by The Platform Gallery: Joint Winners – Ellen Monaghan, Helen Eastham Studio, Kevin Hutson, Sarah Saunders Ceramics, Rebecca Perry Ceramics and Cinda Clark Design.
BCTF Award for Excellence sponsored by the Pyramid Gallery: Winner – Melina Xenaki Ceramics; Highly Commended – Ugly Jewellery and DW Glass
Best Newcomer Award sponsored by the Heart Gallery: Winner – Faye Hall Design; Highly Commended – Betsy & Els.
Post Newcomer Award sponsored by ACID: Winner – Sandra Vick
The Giftware Association Award for Excellence: Winner – Rachel Thornton
The NAJ Award for Excellence: Francesca Marcenaro
Greeting Card Award: Winner – Citrus Bunn; Just Because – Betsy & Els; Highly Commended – Claire Baxter Fine Art; Commended – The Three Foxes and Jill Ray Landscapes
Wow Factor Award sponsored by DesignGap/ArtGap: exhibitors selected Kate Toms as the winner from a short list of three, which also included Melina Xenaki Ceramics and Jack McGonicle Ceramics.
The awards took place at the Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate.
Top: Rachel Thornton won The Giftware Association award for Excellence.