The VERDICT

of the Jury of the AMBERIF DESIGN AWARD 2018
22 International Competition for the Design of Jewellery with Amber
issued on February 3, 2018 in Gdańsk

The Jury:
  • Stephen Bottomley – Scotland
  • Sophie Hanagarth – France
  • Petra Hölscher - Germany
  • Eija Mustonen - Finland
  • Marcin Tymiński – Poland
Stephen Bottomley was selected Chairman of the Jury.

At the session of February 3, 2018 in Gdańsk, the Jury assessed 127 works submitted
in the Competition with the topic SERENDIPITY by 100 artists from 20 countries: Poland, Iran, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Great Britain, Slovenia, Argentina, Lithuania, Japan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium, Brazil/Germany, Ukraine, Estonia, Czech Republic, Israel, The Netherlands, China, Serbia.

The Jury awarded the following prizes:

The Grand Prize: SILVIA BELLIA, GERMANY for design 120259
sponsored by Mr Paweł Adamowicz, the Mayor of the City of Gdańsk PLN 10,000:
The jury found the image submitted mysterious and enigmatic.
It raised a great discussion between the Jury that resulted in their being agreement that it would hopefully inspire future generations to work with this beautiful material and be brave to do many different things.
The composition of materials was handled in a sophisticated manner with great skill.

The Amber Prize: KAIRI SIRENDI, ESTONIA for design 020380
sponsored by the International Amber Association 1 kg of amber:
An interesting combination of two organic materials that are held together by a magnetic and irresistible force. Truly a “sweet serendipity” between nature and chemistry.

The Silver Prize: MIRON KUTARBA, POLAND for design 762812
sponsored by KGHM Polska Miedź SA 1 kg of silver :
This prize provided an alternative perspective for the competition.
A well observed, witty and almost kitsch design inspired by a study of everyday popcorn with amber
as the kernel of the idea.

The Jury decided to award four honorary mentions:
  • 141293 – CARME ROHER CASELLAS, SPAIN
  • 121001 – ANDREA WAGNER, THE NETHERLANDS
  • 556677 – ANDRZEJ BOSS, POLAND
  • 603378 – HANNA KOWALSKA, POLAND

The Jury selected 13 further works by the following artists for publication in the AMBERIF 2018 Fair Catalogue and for display at the exhibition:
  • 032987 – DALIUS ILGINIS, LITHUANIA
  • 737719 – PAULA CASTRO, PORTUGAL
  • 131908 – SAMANTHA LADDIN, GERMANY
  • 102523 - JEWELLERY EM - ENA AND EBRAHIM MULAVDIC-MOHAMMADIAN, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
  • 367521 – HANSEL TAI, ESTONIA
  • 156832 – ERNESTA STATKUTĖ, LITHUANIA
  • 258967 – FATEMEH EMAMI, IRAN
  • 202518 – BOŻENA CZARNECKA, POLAND
  • 191182 – IGNASI CAVALLER TRIAY, SPAIN
  • 297188 – RACHAEL COLLEY, GREAT BRITAIN
  • 141268 - LLUIS SOLANO GIFRE, SPAIN
  • 130963 – BETTINA SPECKNER, GERMANY
  • 821660 – SUSANNE ELSTNER, GERMANY