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The  Pearson  Silver Foundation Design competion

for a single vase or pair of vases in which to display two M&S mixed posies 

PRIZE £1000



This competition is open to all silversmiths who are working or studying in the UK. Entrants are permitted to submit up to two entries for this competition.




To design either a single vase to display two M&S Mixed Posies of a pair for each to display one M&S Mixed Posy.


The Marks & Spencer Mixed Posy range typically contain 6-7 medium size roses, two carnation sprays and some form of filler such as gypsophila (commonly known as gyp) or greenery with or without berries. As at February 2012, these retail at £3.25 each or two for £5.

To give the competition some commercial realism, the piece or pieces must be capable of being made for a sum below £2500. Entrants should base their calculations on a costing basis of labour at £40 per hour and the price of the metal at £1.00 per gram.




The design should be presented on a single sheet of paper and either be hand drawn or computer generated. In the case of a pair, only one need be presented. An additional sheet showing detail is permitted. The maximum size of each sheet must be no more than A3. The entrant's name, phone number and address should be printed on the reverse of each sheet.


In addition, each submission must be accompanied an estimated costing for the making of the piece(s).




All designs entered into the competition will remain the copyright of the entrant, with the exception of the winning entry. By entering the competition, the winner automatically agrees that the copyright of his or her design will be owned: 30% by The Pearson Silver Foundation and 70% by the designer.

This means that the designer will pay 30 per cent of the profit upon the sale of each vase or pair of vases to The Pearson Silver Foundation. The profit is defined as the difference between the proceeds received from selling the item(s) and the cost of making it/them. In the event of a loss, this will be born entirely by the designer.


While there can be no guarantees of success, The Pearson Silver Foundation will give the winning designer every assistance in getting commissions for his or her design as well as helping in obtaining public exposure for the finished pieces. If no commissions are forthcoming, subject to the agreement of the winning designer, the Foundation will make every effort to give the winning design exhibition and media coverage.




The closing date for entries is Monday 30 April 2012. They should be posted or delivered to:


The Pearson Silver Foundation

Seventh Floor,

54 Jermyn Street,





Those judging the competition will be:


John Andrew             The Pearson Silver Foundation

Katharina Flohr         Creative and Managing Director, Fabergé

Gordon Hamme         Chairman, British Silver Week

Brett Payne                Silversmith


The judging panel's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. In the unlikely event that none of the entries is of the required standard, the judges reserve the right not to award the prize.




The winner will be advised of his or her success by 14th May 2012. Details of the winner will be published on the British Silver Week website or alternatively may be obtained by writing to The Pearson Silver Foundation at the above address, enclosing a stamped addressed envelope.



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