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UCA alumna receives the Goldsmiths’ Company Award

A UCA Fanham alumna has been named the recipient of the Goldsmiths’ Company Award at the 2018 Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Awards.

Miriam Hanid, who graduated in 2007 with a BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design (Metalwork and Jewellery), was awarded the prize for her Radiance Centrepiece, a specially-commissioned 50cm silver chased dish.

Miriam says: “I am most proud of receiving the Goldsmiths’ Company Award which is given at the discretion of the Council for exceptional and outstanding design in 2D and 3D entries. It is only awarded when, in the Council’s judgement, an entry achieves the highest standard of design and originality. I am doubly proud and grateful that the vote achieved ‘a clear majority’!

“I also received a Gold Award for Chasing and The Senior Award – this is given to an entrant who has shown outstanding performance in the competition. The Goldsmiths Council described the Radiance centrepiece as “a fabulous demonstration and utilisation of the traditional technique of chasing”. A bronze award was also given for the silversmithing design of Radiance.”

The piece was initially inspired by the notion that there is unity in diversity and diversity within unity. Specially commissioned by the Goldsmiths’ Company, the chased dish is the fifth piece to join their collection of Miriam’s work.

“The fact that we are all the same, yet also unique and different to varying and sometimes very subtle degrees, and that we can work together in so many ways ultimately gives rise to an infinite pattern of interwoven strength and character,” Miriam adds.

“Each component is inseparably linked to the next, and so on throughout the entire piece, with no single section escaping the unity of the design as a whole. To remove one arm of one spiral would remove it from the next. To follow the arms of each spiral into the inner and outer circles is complex to perceive with the mind.

“I envisioned this concept as forming a complete whole. Time and space frame this phenomenon as well, in a manner that results in it becoming impossible to distinguish any given beginning or end.”

The awards were presented at a ceremony held at Goldsmiths’ Hall in London. The Goldsmiths Craft & Design Awards recognise excellence intechnical skills and creative design in precious metals and related materials.

Below image: Chairman of the Goldsmiths Craft and Design Council, Andrew Putland and Miriam Hanid.
 Miriam Hanid and Chairman Andrew Putland Goldsmiths Craft and Design Council 2018