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The winners of the BCTF Awards 2019 were revealed at a ceremony held on the afternoon of Monday April 8 at the Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate, where the very best designer-makers are presenting their latest collections to the trade.

The winners are as follows:

  • Winner: Helen Eastham Studio

  • Winner: Kevin Hutson

  • Winner: Sarah Saunders Ceramics

  • Winner: Rebecca Perry Ceramics

  • Winner: Cinda Clark Design

Form & FunctionAward sponsored by The Platform Gallery: Joint Winners – Ellen Monaghan,Helen Eastham Studio, Kevin Hutson, Sarah Saunders Ceramics, Rebecca PerryCeramics and Cinda Clark Design.

  • Winner: Melina Xenaki Ceramics

  • Highly Commended: Ugly Jewellery

  • Highly Commended: D W Glass

BCTF Award forExcellence sponsored by the Pyramid Gallery: Winner – Melina XenakiCeramics; Highly Commended – Ugly Jewellery and DW Glass

  • Winner: Faye Hall Design

  • Highly Commended: Betsy & Elys

Best Newcomer Awardsponsored by the Heart Gallery: Winner – Faye Hall Design; Highly Commended– Betsy & Els.

Winner Sandra Vick

Post Newcomer Awardsponsored by ACID: Winner – Sandra Vick

Winner Rachel Thornton

The GiftwareAssociation Award for Excellence: Winner – Rachel Thornton

Winner Francesca Marcenaro

The NAJ Award forExcellence: Francesca Marcenaro

  • Winner: Citrus Bunn

  • Winner: Betsy & Els

  • Highly Commended: Claire Baxter Fine Art

  • Highly Commended: Jill Ray Landscapes

  • Highly Commended:The Three Foxes

Greeting Card Awardsponsored by Greetings Today magazine: Winner – Citrus Bunn; Just Because –Betsy & Els; Highly Commended – Claire Baxter Fine Art; Commended – TheThree Foxes and Jill Ray Landscapes

  • Winner: Kate Toms

  • Shorlist: Melina Xenaki

  • Shortlist: Jack McGonicle

Wow Factor Awardsponsored by DesignGap/ArtGap: exhibitors selected Kate Toms as the winnerfrom a short list of three, which also included Melina Xenaki Ceramics and JackMcGonicle Ceramics.

Show organiser, Margeret Bunn said: “BCTF is a realcelebration of all things British and handmade, and our award winners representthat brilliantly and I am delighted to congratulate them all for theirwell-deserved accolades. We are very fortunate that our awards are supported byimportant industry associations, prestigious galleries and trade press, so abig thank you to them all for getting behind the show and supporting the bestof British here today.”

BCTF 2019 has proved to be a success, with visitor numbersup and many exhibitors reporting that trade has been exceptional as retailerslined up to place orders on their stands.

“It has shaped up to be a fabulous edition of BCTF,”Margeret confirmed. “Buyers are aware that demand for handmade British productshas increased over the years and they are keen to offer something new andunique to their customers. We have some incredibly talented designer-makersfrom all parts of the UK who are creating the most beautiful crafts, so it’swell worth the visit for gallery owners, gift shops, tourism destinations andother discerning retailers”.

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