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Birmingham School of Jewellery Awards E-mail
Friday, 07 July 2017 10:36

Once again, Sara Preisler was delighted to be asked to award a prize in her name to graduating students from the internationally renowned Birmingham School of Jewellery.

The Sara Preisler Award for Practical Realisation of Concept continues to support up and coming designers and is given to outstanding graduates who while their time at University have developed clear and innovative thoughts and practices in their final projects.

This, the fifth year of judging, and it was especially difficult due to the wide range of narratives, techniques and materials used by the graduates to create mature and impressive collections.

However after much deliberation both Lois Jane and Cara Budd were awarded the Sara Preisler award after being thoroughly impressive with their use of shape and colour tones.

Lois Jane is influenced greatly by  working in laser-welded stainless steel and creates vibrant and eye-catching jewellery and objects inspired by narratives taken from Scottish landscapes and seaside towns. Her graduate collection “Oh, what a catch!” takes the form of piers, nets and lobster traps. Using mix media of brightly coloured rope, powder coating and silver her work ensnares the wearer and viewer in a daydream of colour and form.

Cara Budd, on the other hand, uses line prints architectural landscapes and how they are captured in drawings and photographs. She works mainly in stainless steel which gives a harsh and sharp structural form echoed in architecture. The stainless steel is laser welded together, then powder coated in order to add a matt coloured finish. Her images are sublimated onto stainless steel sheet and heat treated to prevent fading.  Her work is sure to make a minimalist statement and her varying colour tones of grey and blue are subtle and hauntingly beautiful.

Both new graduates have been offered their own exhibition here at the gallery alongside mentoring to allow them to innovate new collections and ideas which will hopefully springboard them off into new directions. We wish both of them a well deserved rest before working with them and hope to bring you news of them soon!




Winning News!! E-mail
Friday, 07 April 2017 11:12

'Industry Insight Monthly' has announced that the winner of 'The 2017 Luxury Goods Award' goes to Sara Preisler!

'The 2017 Luxury Goods Awards' have been established to recognise and celebrate the elite companies and individuals that this industry has to offer. This year Sara was approached by Industry Insight Monthly telling her that she had been nominated by one, (some)? of her customers for this accolade. Following this she was asked to put together a proposal of evidence and has been awarded Contemporary Jewellery Designer of the Year 2017!

Thank you so much to everyone who voted! And a special thank-you also to whoever nominated Sara,for this prize! Details will be announced in the 'Industry Monthly' newsletter shortly.

New Photoshoot 2016/2017 E-mail
Saturday, 23 July 2016 12:04

We are happy to announce that Sara has been working on a fabulous new Photoshoot for her very latest collections. Working towards Autumn and Winter 2016 and looking well ahead into Spring Summer 2017, the collections feature a range of precious and semi-precious stones set in her archetypal, sculptural settings, we can’t wait to show you!!

Check out our Facebook: Sara Preisler-Gallery page for photos and further details...


- Hope to see you soon!

Competition Winner!! E-mail
Tuesday, 28 June 2016 10:03

Thankyou so much to all our friendly customers, old and new for entering the competition prize we had earlier on in May. We are delighted to announce that Mrs Farrington from Worcester won our delightful prize of a Hazel Atkinson hand painted cuff! Congratulations to her, we hope she enjoys wearing it! We will be launching a new prize in the next month or so so please pop in  to the gallery to enter, details will be announced in the next newsletter!

Practical Realisation of Concept Awards 2016 E-mail
Tuesday, 21 June 2016 16:50

The Sara Preisler Award for Practical Realisation of Concept has been awarded to new emerging designer/makers from Birmingham City University’s School of Jewellery for the past four years. This outstanding award is given by Sara to the graduating student(s) who best expresses their thoughts and ideologies through their final year work.


This year the quality was so outstanding it made picking the winners more difficult than ever previously,

however, we did come to a decision and the winners are Becky Williams and Lauren Bell-Brown, so a huge congratulations to them both!

Becky draws inspiration from decaying urban surfaces, intricate details and bold architectural lines to create decorative vessels and jewellery. Her work explores the ideas of positive and negative space, the interaction of objects with their environment and the juxtaposition of densities. She works with enamelled copper to create the detailed work, which contrast against the clean lines of the steel forms to form stunning structures which interact with each other and encourages varying juxtapositions and diversity amongst her collections.

In contrast, Lauren Bell-Brown's collection builds upon her understanding of traditional fairy-tale aesthetics where she aims to ‘Unravel the Fairytale’ with her portrayal of beauty in the classic Snow White tale whilst incorporating the Grimm’s Brothers’ more sinister narrative.

Intricate and ornate, the detail in her jewellery is combined with needlepoint embellishment which adds drama to the fantasy of the pieces offering a subversive twist to the concept of the familiar ‘happily ever after’.

We cant wait to have their pieces on show here in the gallery for you all to see and have the opportunity to buy- and we also are looking forward to working with them closely in the near future as they look to develop their creative adventures... We'll keep you posted!


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