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The craft&design Newcomer Award at bctf 2013

We are proud to have sponsored this award at bctf since 1996 and take great pleasure in seeing so many of our previous winners now working as successful professional designer-makers in the British craft industry. Each year we select a Winner and Highly Commended from the exhibitors in the Newcomers Gallery at bctf. Judging is based on originality and skill in design and making, presentation and design of exhibition stand at bctf, business skills and ability. Both makers receive substantial promotional and marketing benefits as part of the Award, plus business support for 12 months.

Sarah Jane Williams

Williams British Handmade

craft&design Newcomer Award Winner at the British Craft Trade Fair 2013

Sarah Jane Williams' highly skilled leatherwork is the absolute epitome of everything we look for when judging for our Newcomer Award at bctf - traditional skills combined with uniquely contemporary designs, all created with the finest craftsmanship you could wish to see.

Sarah£s award comprises 12 months marketing and promotional support from craft&design to the value of £3,000, which includes a front cover feature and a one-to-one mentoring session with Rachael Chambers, craft&design£s Contemporary Craft Editor.  

Eleanor Lakelin

Eleanor Lakelin

craft&design Highly Commended Newcomer at the British Craft Trade Fair 2013

Eleanor Lakelin's empathy for the wood that she works with, its qualities and features, is reflected in the wooden bowls and sculptural forms that she skilfully creates. Her stand really stood out in the Newcomers Gallery, the design and use of colour was a fine example of perfect balance.

Eleanor will receive 12 months of marketing and promotional support from craft&design to the value of £1,800, which includes a 3 page feature in the magazine.


Winners of the Newcomer Award at bctf:
2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009

Ian W. Wallace Craft Insurance

craft&design Best Newcomer Award at BCTF

Congratulations to Charlotte Wilkinson! We'll tell you more about Charlotte and her spectacular glass in our May issue of craft&design Online!

craft&design Highly Commended Newcomer Award at BCTF


We were delighted to present our Highly Commended Newcomer Award to Rouaida Boullier ROUAIDA.COM for her highly original range of jewellery. Find out more in our May issue of craft&design Online!

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