In addition to 6 Finalists, 16 glass artists were selected as Highly Commended by the Judges Rosy Greenlees, Katharine Coleman MBE, Mark Holford, Reino Liefkes and Gwen Rhys who viewed 52 samples submitted from 36 artists.
The Judges’ said
We were particularly pleased with the effort and care everyone had taken to interpret and fulfil the brief. There was a wide range of techniques with many artists pushing the boundaries of expectation and showing great virtuosity. Many samples were definitely “conversation pieces” and we were all amazed with what had been produced given the constraints of the budget.
At the end of the day, the “favour” needs to work in the context of the Banquet – the venue, the age range and likely tastes of the Company’s guests. There were many items which, although not quite “right” for the particular occasion, would work well in another context.
The Winner will be formally announced at the Company’s Glass Dinner on 24 September when the majority of samples will be on display and available for sale with the proceeds going to the Glass Sellers Charity.
16 Highly Commended Artists
Andreya Bennett, Roy.g.Biv Glass
Sarah Brown, Sarah Brown Glass
Shelley Doolan, Shelley Doolan Glass
Rachel Elliott, Rachel Elliott Glassworks
Zoe Garner, Zoe Garner Glass
Oriel Hicks, Phoenix Stained Glass
Tlws Johnson, Tlws Johnson Glass
Sarah Manly, Sarah Manly Glass
Roberta Mason, Blue Chromis Glass
Lesley Pyke, Lesley Pyke Limited with Steve Bradley, Bradley Crystal
Will Shakspeare, Shakspeare Glass
Matthew Walsh, Walsh Glass Designs
The Competition is sponsored by specialist fine art shippers