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Legnica International Jewellery Festival Silver Winners 2015

Award giving  /  16 May 2015
Published: 21.05.2015
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Intro
The results of The Legnica International Jewellery Competititon 2015 were announced. View here are the winners and the conclusions of the jury.

Artist list

Andrzej Adamski, Alexander Blank, Bogumiła Adamska, Mireia Calaf Mensa, Sara Gackowska, Mariusz Gliwiński, Taehee In, Katja Köditz, Esther Ortiz-Villajos González, Jing Yang, Ludmila Šikolová
This competition attracted over 300 participants and we received over 600 individual pieces of work. As many participants sent more than one piece, ever so often these pieces were also in completion to each other. The jury now suggests that participants should only send one piece of work in the future, which puts the decision-making in the hand of the artist-maker and not the jury.

This years’ topic Boundaries had been wonderful and inspiring and gave the jury the possibility to discuss and test boundaries. The jury recognised and appreciated a large variety of approaches and entries for the competition. The topic of the competition opened the discourse towards ethical, political, philosophical and physical manifestations within the field of contemporary jewellery. There were original ideas and there were exceptionally crafted pieces, but what was missing was the combination of both virtues.

After long and intense discussions the jury decided to split the first two prizes. Those pieces that were awarded complement each other as they show oppositional points of views. The first joined prize celebrates qualities connected to research into the field of jewellery and its traditions. The second prize celebrates qualities connected to the subject itself and its more symbolic and poetic dimensions.

The award of the Gallery of Art in Legnica goes to a promising artist that approached the theme of the competition in a unique way. We are looking forward to see his or her future pieces of work in a personal show next year. The Organizers' Special Award for creativity, courage, uncompromising attitude and innovation goes to a witty and mindful comment that breaks conventions and looks at jewellery and the topic in a more humoristic way.

At one point the jury had collected good arguments but reached a deadlock unable to move forward. Finally we managed to move on and are now very happy to present the prize-winners and a selection of the best contributions and entries to this challenging competition in a show.

We would like to thank the organisers for being great hosts and the good pre-jury preparations.
It has been a long, thorough but also very rewarding jury process. 

The Jury, Legnica, 10th of April 2015

 
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Bogumiła Adamska. Andrzej Adamski. Object: Hand made, 2015. Silver 925, burin, LCD display Stylus. 110 x 90 mm. Awarded at: Boundaries: Legnica International Jewellery Competition 2015. (ex aequo) 1st Award of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage + 1 kg of silver.. Bogumiła Adamska
Andrzej Adamski
Object: Hand made, 2015
Silver 925, burin, LCD display Stylus
110 x 90 mm
Awarded at: Boundaries: Legnica International Jewellery Competition 2015
(ex aequo) 1st Award of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage + 1 kg of silver.
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Jarosław Westermark. Ring: Forever free, 2015. sterling sillver. 70 x 70 x 13 mm. Awarded at: Boundaries: Legnica International Jewellery Competition 2015. ring/ pendant
. (ex aequo) 1st Award of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage + 1 kg of silver.. Jarosław Westermark
Ring: Forever free, 2015
sterling sillver
70 x 70 x 13 mm
Awarded at: Boundaries: Legnica International Jewellery Competition 2015
ring/ pendant
(ex aequo) 1st Award of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage + 1 kg of silver.
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Alexander Blank. Brooch: Floryda, 2015. Silver, acrylic, Perspex, steel, carved clouds. 117 x 68 x 19 mm. Awarded at: Boundaries: Legnica International Jewellery Competition 2015. (ex aequo) 2nd Award of the Marshall of the Lower Silesia Province and 3rd Award of the Mayor of the Legnica City
. + 0,5 kg of silver. Alexander Blank
Brooch: Floryda, 2015
Silver, acrylic, Perspex, steel, carved clouds
117 x 68 x 19 mm
Awarded at: Boundaries: Legnica International Jewellery Competition 2015
(ex aequo) 2nd Award of the Marshall of the Lower Silesia Province and 3rd Award of the Mayor of the Legnica City
+ 0,5 kg of silver
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Mireia Calaf Mensa. Brooch: Limits, 2015. silver, welded, forged. 160 x 100 x 30 mm. Part of: Boundaries: Legnica International Jewellery Competition 2015. (ex aequo) 2nd Award of the Marshall of the Lower Silesia Province and 3rd Award of the Mayor of the Legnica City
. + 0,5 kg of silver. Mireia Calaf Mensa
Brooch: Limits, 2015
silver, welded, forged
160 x 100 x 30 mm
Part of: Boundaries: Legnica International Jewellery Competition 2015
(ex aequo) 2nd Award of the Marshall of the Lower Silesia Province and 3rd Award of the Mayor of the Legnica City
+ 0,5 kg of silver
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Jing Yang. Pendant: Ich bin keine Vase, 2014. Silver, soldering. 15 x 10 x 75 cm. Awarded at: Boundaries: Legnica International Jewellery Competition 2015. Award of the Gallery of Art in Legnica – solo exhibition with catalogue
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. I am not a vase.
. That phrase has two meanings. One of them is I am not a vase, I am a decoration.
. The second interpretation originates from my homeland.
. The shape and the characteristics of the vase  evoke associations with woman.
. In China, a beautiful yet stupid woman is dubbed ‘a vase’ – gorgeous, but hollow.
. My thematic collection “I am not a vase” boasts many semantic platforms.
. Like jewellery, the vase is an object that teeters between being an utensil
. and being a piece of art. What interests me in jewellery is the element of art.
. Therefore, my vases have lost their functionality – they are cut through to circles,
. and these circles have subsequently been threaded on a string; thus constituting a peculiar necklace.
. Placed one on another, they resemble the shape of a vase again.
. In that way a fragile and delicate structure emerges.
. My vases may fall apart at any moment, which will alter their meaning again.
. It is as though they wanted the spectator to acknowledge that
. “I do not want to be a vase, I actually have something to say!”
. It is also worthwhile to ponder upon the opposite meaning.
. “I am a vase” means “I am beautiful.” 
.  . Jing Yang
Pendant: Ich bin keine Vase, 2014
Silver, soldering
15 x 10 x 75 cm
Awarded at: Boundaries: Legnica International Jewellery Competition 2015
Award of the Gallery of Art in Legnica – solo exhibition with catalogue

I am not a vase.
That phrase has two meanings. One of them is I am not a vase, I am a decoration.
The second interpretation originates from my homeland.
The shape and the characteristics of the vase  evoke associations with woman.
In China, a beautiful yet stupid woman is dubbed ‘a vase’ – gorgeous, but hollow.
My thematic collection “I am not a vase” boasts many semantic platforms.
Like jewellery, the vase is an object that teeters between being an utensil
and being a piece of art. What interests me in jewellery is the element of art.
Therefore, my vases have lost their functionality – they are cut through to circles,
and these circles have subsequently been threaded on a string; thus constituting a peculiar necklace.
Placed one on another, they resemble the shape of a vase again.
In that way a fragile and delicate structure emerges.
My vases may fall apart at any moment, which will alter their meaning again.
It is as though they wanted the spectator to acknowledge that
“I do not want to be a vase, I actually have something to say!”
It is also worthwhile to ponder upon the opposite meaning.
“I am a vase” means “I am beautiful.” 

 
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Jing Yang. Pendant: Ich bin keine Vase, 2015. Silver, soldering. 140 x 970 x 750 mm. Awarded at: Boundaries: Legnica International Jewellery Competition 2015. Award of the Gallery of Art in Legnica – solo exhibition with catalogue. Jing Yang
Pendant: Ich bin keine Vase, 2015
Silver, soldering
140 x 970 x 750 mm
Awarded at: Boundaries: Legnica International Jewellery Competition 2015
Award of the Gallery of Art in Legnica – solo exhibition with catalogue
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Katja Köditz. Video Installation: The girl with the…, 2015. 00:01:20 min. Awarded at: Boundaries: Legnica International Jewellery Competition 2015. video HD, no sound
. The Organizers’ Special Award for creative courage and uncompromising attitude, innovation or sense of humour
. “Silver Spur” + 1 kg of silver. Katja Köditz
Video Installation: The girl with the…, 2015
00:01:20 min
Awarded at: Boundaries: Legnica International Jewellery Competition 2015
video HD, no sound
The Organizers’ Special Award for creative courage and uncompromising attitude, innovation or sense of humour
“Silver Spur” + 1 kg of silver
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Taehee In. Brooch: Untitled, 2008. Rock crystal, silver, stainless steel, fluorite, citrine, shells, plastic, saw, engraving. approx. 50 x 40 x 25 mm. Awarded at: Boundaries: Legnica International Jewellery Competition 2015. Inhorgenta Munich Award – free stand at Inhorgenta Munich 2016. Taehee In
Brooch: Untitled, 2008
Rock crystal, silver, stainless steel, fluorite, citrine, shells, plastic, saw, engraving
approx. 50 x 40 x 25 mm
Awarded at: Boundaries: Legnica International Jewellery Competition 2015
Inhorgenta Munich Award – free stand at Inhorgenta Munich 2016
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Mariusz Gliwiński. Object: Untited, 2015. Silver, gold, diamond. 100 x 30 mm. Awarded at: Boundaries: Legnica International Jewellery Competition 2015. Award of Polish Jewellery – free stand at Summer Trade Fair Jubinale 2016 and advertisement in PB catalogue. Mariusz Gliwiński
Object: Untited, 2015
Silver, gold, diamond
100 x 30 mm
Awarded at: Boundaries: Legnica International Jewellery Competition 2015
Award of Polish Jewellery – free stand at Summer Trade Fair Jubinale 2016 and advertisement in PB catalogue
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Ludmila Šikolová. Object: The Boundaries between life and death, 2015. Rusty steel, stainless steel, insect wings . 45 x 30 x 110 mm. Awarded at: Boundaries: Legnica International Jewellery Competition 2015. Honourable Mention of the Director of the Gallery of Art in Legnica - 0,5 kg of silver. Ludmila Šikolová
Object: The Boundaries between life and death, 2015
Rusty steel, stainless steel, insect wings 
45 x 30 x 110 mm
Awarded at: Boundaries: Legnica International Jewellery Competition 2015
Honourable Mention of the Director of the Gallery of Art in Legnica - 0,5 kg of silver
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Esther Ortiz-Villajos González. Piece: 224R+1S, 38R+2S, 47R+1S, 35R+1S, 56R+2S, 2015. Yellow gold, plated brass, silver, oxidized silver 925, glazed porcelain. Awarded at: Boundaries: Legnica International Jewellery Competition 2015. Brooch, earrings and rings
. Prize gift of the HEFRA Company. Esther Ortiz-Villajos González
Piece: 224R+1S, 38R+2S, 47R+1S, 35R+1S, 56R+2S, 2015
Yellow gold, plated brass, silver, oxidized silver 925, glazed porcelain
Awarded at: Boundaries: Legnica International Jewellery Competition 2015
Brooch, earrings and rings
Prize gift of the HEFRA Company
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Sara Gackowska. Brooch: Overlapping, 2015. Hematite, bio-resin, hematite powder, silver. 115 x 85 x 30 mm. Awarded at: Boundaries: Legnica International Jewellery Competition 2015. Honourable Mention of the Goldsmithing Artists’ Association – statuette. Sara Gackowska
Brooch: Overlapping, 2015
Hematite, bio-resin, hematite powder, silver
115 x 85 x 30 mm
Awarded at: Boundaries: Legnica International Jewellery Competition 2015
Honourable Mention of the Goldsmithing Artists’ Association – statuette
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