Chinese girl wins 5 awards at 'Jewellery Oscar'

By Wang Zhiyong
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Isabella Liu, a young China-born artist and designer, won multiple awards at the prestigious Goldsmiths Craftsmanship and Design Competition on March 2.

'Mending' collection by Isabella Liu. 


The competition -- known as the "Jewellery Oscars" -- has been held annually by the Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council (GC&DC) since 1908. This year saw over 800 entrants and 22 gold awards, three of which went to Liu.

Currently based in the U.K., Liu had three design artworks for the competition, all received gold awards in three different categories. Her 2D Design Fashion Jewellery enjoyed another two separate silver awards.

Liu's 'Mending' collection, a series of artworks combining both the functions of ceramic tableware and jewellery, received the gold award in the 3D Design Fashion Jewellery category, one of the two gold awards issued in this category.

"Isabella is creating original pieces of artwork, bridging sculptural art and jewellery," said Gordon Hamme, one of the 21 judges of the competition, "Her award today is well deserved."

Inspired by Kintsugi, a 600-year-old Japanese art of viewing mended porcelain as having its own beauty, the artist said that "anything suffering damage had its potential to become more beautiful." Like Liu's works, kintsugi pottery uses precious metals to mend and beautify damaged porcelain and pottery.

The creative idea has pushed the boundary of object and jewellery. "The golden crack is intended to be appreciated both on the body as a piece of jewellery as well as off within the porcelain as a tableware in its own right, which engages audiences by transforming the piece," said Liu.

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