This section is from the book "Arts & Crafts Magazine Vol1-2", by Hutchinson & Company.
The examiners (A. F. Brophy, Alexander Fisher, T. Erat Harrison) find the designs for gold and silver work even below the standard of last year, "taste and invention being generally absent." The designs for metal work are found no better: "many objects," they say, " have been sent up of indifferent design and slovenly workmanship." On the other hand, the designs for enamels selected for award show "a standard of "work that is very high, both from an artistic as well as from a technical standpoint." In jewellery, the examiners find "a still greater advance in the quality and variety of the work, though there has, in many cases, been a tendency to follow too closely the successful designs of last year." The designs for fans are declared "bad: while some are carefully-executed; they are nevertheless quite unsuitable for their purpose."
Gold Medal to Fanny Bunn, Birmingham School of Art. The examiners express great satisfaction at the high qualities of her enamels. Silver Medals to Agnes I. Pool (same school) for her enamel " Merlin and Vivien"; to Richard J. Stubington, Birmingham (Vittoria Street) School of Art, "for workmanlike and finished pendant"; to Lillian Biggs. Leicester (The Newarke) School of Art, for necklace, brooch, and ring, "highly satisfactory." Bronze Medals to Walter Edwards, Campden School of Arts and Crafts, for a covered cup, " elegant in form and appropriately treated for the material"; to Edgar Ewart Tompkins, West Ham School of Art, "design for a dish in which the details are well proportioned, and the masses of the design are well disposed. The examiners consider, however, that the drawings for these two objects are not straightforward working drawings." Book prizes to Bertram C. White, Sheffield School of Art, design for a cupper bowl; Frederick Thompson, Handsworth School of Art, "for a simple vase, which is extremely tasteful and shows due reticence in treatment"; to Charles S. Jagger, Sheffield School of Art. design for a salver; to Norman L. Roffey, Canterbury School of Art, design for a tazza in east bronze; to Wallace S. Adderley, Birmingham (Vittoria Street ) School of Art, design for a bowl; to Lottie May Avers, St. Martin's School of Art, design for a cup.
The examiners (S. J. Cartlidge, W. De Morgan, G. R. Redgrave) note a decided improvement in the standard of work both in designs and in the choice of colours as compared with last year. The improvement in designs for pottery noticed last year, they find " well maintained, especially in regard to colour, except in the class of articles of every-day use, where there is little sign of original treatment"; the examiners hope to see " more attention paid to the forms of vases and of other articles chosen for decoration." They are unable to make any award for the examples of designs for glass that were submitted.
Gold Medal to Rosalind Fouracre, Plymouth (Technical School) School of Art, for her very well-considered design of a peacock panel in painted tiles. Gold Medal to Charles Vyse, Hanley School of Art, "for his well-conceived wall fountain, executed in glazed pottery. Remarkable for its unity of effect and its spirited execution." Silver Medals to Gordon Pimlett, Burslem School of Art, " for the simplicity and breadth of his tile design and the harmonious manner in which the colours have been blended "; to Arthur Scott (same school) For his designs for a fish plate and a dinner plate, "which are simply and skilfully executed and thoroughly well carried out in the material"; to David H. Hodge, Plymouth (Technical School) School of Art, " for his design painted frieze tiles, which shows grace and is very pleasing in colour "; to Edward Lutz, Hanley School of Art, drawing of a vase; Alice Gostick (same school), design for a sgraffito vase. Bronze Medals to Percy Pickford, Macclesfield School of Art, tiles; to Alva F. Turner, Wolverhampton School of Art, design for tiles, "remarkable for its vivacity"; to John Currie, Hanley School of Art, for his designs for sgraffito panels, in which the effect of the transparent glaze is delicate and pretty, and the details and accessories are carefully executed; to Gertrude Malkin (same school), sgraffito vase. Book prizes to same student for design for a painted china panel, "careful and well composed," and to Edward Ball, Coalbrookdale School of Art, for design for tiles, "graceful in form and harmonious in colour"; to Peter Marion, Longton School of Art, "for clever treatment of coloured sgraffito on a cream ground."
(To be concluded.)