The winners of the BCTF Awards 2019 were revealed at a ceremony held on the afternoon of Monday April 8 at the Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate, where the very best designer-makers presented their latest collections to the trade. The winners are 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: Winner - Francesca Marcenaro
Greeting Card Award sponsored by Greetings Today magazine: 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.
Wild Things Gifts has introduced a subtle new colour scheme to its much-loved Heart of Hearts™ design. The Rainbow / chakra colourway has been a consistent bestseller over the last 18 months. All Heart of Hearts are embellished with jewellery-quality Swarovski crystals and are individually boxed. The new ‘Confetti™’ colourway design has been inspired by the 2019 trend for paler and more muted tones. Makes a wonderful wedding present.
Visit: www.wildthingsgifts.com t: 01392211268
Carrie Elspeth celebrates 20 years of supplying beautifully handmade jewellery to retailers all over the UK and Ireland this month.
Carrie’s childhood fascination with beads and jewellery formed the foundation of her business which has continued to expand since 1999 from just outside the market town of Cowbridge, South Wales. It has always been of paramount importance to Carrie that her jewellery continues to be handmade in the UK and that she provides exceptional levels of customer service to complement here high quality, design-led products. Her success at fulfilling these goals has led to numerous awards, including Welsh Woman of the Year, Small Business Owner Award and 3 times nominee for Best Service to the Independent Retailer at the prestigious Industry awards – “The Greats”. She has also won or received recognition from the “Gift of the Year” competition many times, most recently for her Gemstone bracelets and Glitter Faux Leather accessories.