The British Craft Trade Fair awards continued with their usual high standards at their new home at The Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate, which was an incredible backdrop to the show as well as the awards.
The Giftware Association’s winner this year was the excellent Cathy Hilton Artisan. In 2015 Cathy developed a unique process for printing on wood, creating beautiful designs onto a range of kitchen and houseware products. Her elegant hand printed designs caught the eye of Sarah Ward who chose the winner. Cathy Hilton on winning the award said “I am over the moon in winning this award it hasn’t fully settled in yet, but to have the recognition of the Giftware Association is a great privilege”
The Highly Commended winners were WUD Lighting, a company who had registered only four days before the show, and this was their first trade show experience. Their innovative designs were recognised by the GA and they also won Commended in the Award for Excellence from BCTF along with Highly Commended for the ‘WOW FACTOR’ award. They were delighted to win an unprecedented three awards and are very proud of their achievements. WUD Lighting produce beautiful hand crafted lamps using natural oak, contrasting this rustic style with Edison filament bulbs and glass shades to create a modern contemporary product that produces beautiful mood lighting whilst flooding the room with unique character.
The winners this year receive a very specially commissioned award as well as the accolade and recognition. One of the GA’s own members Simon Denvers produced a very special trophy for the winner in the form of our logo and made from wood, which reflected the hand crafted and design element of what the awards are judged on.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Award for Excellence: Jack Laverick Ceramic Design (pictured left)
The Giftware Association Award: Cathy Hilton Artisan
National Association of Jewellers Award: Alice Barnes (pictured above)
Greetings Today Greeting Card Award: Dilly and Pink
Wow Factor: Jack Laverick Ceramic Design
Best Newcomer: Stephanie Holt
first three images by Hemma Mason Photography: www.hemmamason.com