A Closer Look at This Year’s BCTF Award Winners

Following the end of another successful British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) in Harrogate I’m pleased to be able to share a few pictures from the recipients of this year’s seven award categories. A 39-year tradition at the fair, the award winners are selected at the show by a panel of judges; individuals from industry associations and editorial staff to retail buyers.

Best Newcomer: Lawrence West Glass Art


Looking for excellence in craft and design, Lawrence’s decorative and sculptural hot-glass art stood out in the Newcomer’s Gallery. Bringing together traditional skills in stylish, contemporary work, the judges were impressed with the diversity of the designs that Lawrence created.

Visit the Lawrence West Glass Art website.


BCTF Award for Excellence: Tom Philipson


Tom impressed BCTF organisers and the awards panel with his traditionally constructed contemporary furniture, designed for the future. The innovative and appealing designs stood out with the highest level of quality and craftsmanship.

Explore Tom Philipson’s website.


Best Fashion Accessory: Sophie Court Designs


Sophie Court Designs was chosen by the judges for her reversible contemporary jewellery made from paper, acrylic and sterling silver. They noted that while acrylic jewellery is very popular at the moment, Sophie was furthering the versatility of the medium with her one-of-a-kind pieces.

Explore Sophie Court Designs website.


Best New Gift Product Award: Memo Illustration


Winning the Best New Gift Product Award for their range ‘Atomic’ was Memo Illustration. Inspired by the 1940’s and 1950’s, the eye-catching, designs include: patterned note card sets, notepads, drink coasters and gift tag/sticker packs. Every item is individually hand-printed onto 100 per cent recycled paper or natural cotton sourced from within the UK and presented in a compost-able clear sleeve.

Browse the Memo Illustration website.


The BJA Award for Excellence in Jewellery: Chris Boland


Demonstrating the natural beauty of stones and minerals, accentuated with the clean lines of oxidised silver the judges adored Chris’s strong, bold-shaped jewellery. The unique, wearable designs were a stand out choice for the BJA Award for Excellence in Jewellery.

Visit Chris Boland’s website.


The GA Award for Excellence: Paul Emmerson


For his modern take on tailored ties Paul Emmerson was a well-deserved winner of the GA’s Award for Excellence, standing out from the crowd with his colourful bow tie collection.  The judging panel loved Paul’s quirky style and use of luxurious woven silks, which he mixed with hand-printed materials to create a bespoke, yet affordable gift idea.

Find out more about Paul Emmerson.


The WOW! Factor Award: Flossy Teacake


Selected by the BCTF exhibitors, the WOW! Factor Award was presented to the exhibitor who impressed their fellow designers and makers with the best displayed work at the fair. The winner, Flossy Teacake was a huge hit with her fellow exhibitor’s, winning the award for her one-off mixed media designs, inspired by British life.

Visit the Flossy Teacakes website.

For more information on this year’s show or next year’s exhibition please visit the BCTF website.