Metal clay artist and tutor Anna Campbell has a look at the finalists for the prestigious Saul Bell Award
I look forward to the Saul Bell Design Award each year because of the beautiful designs and artistry of the shortlisted pieces.
The award is split into six categories, with five finalists per category (seven finalists in the emerging artist category).
There will be one winner per category with awards given for design, ‘an original vision, a fresh take on traditional methods and materials and a mastery of your craft’.
The award winners are announced on 17th May but I have picked my personal favourites from each category (it’s a bit difficult in the metal clay category as three of the finalists are friends of mine).
You can see the jaw dropping work from all the finalists here.
What a stunning piece, I love the asymmetric design
Every time I look at this piece I notice something else. I love the layering in it.
The design and use of colour in this piece caught my eye
I love the storytelling in this necklace
I can’t begin to think about how I would make this.
Alternative materials and metals
I love the ammonites and the layering in this piece
What an unusual design, really impressive
Anna Campbell is a tutor at the London Jewellery School and runs her own jewellery business Campbell Hall Designs. She sells online from her website and at the Things British shop in Greenwich, London.