The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London

Awards

The Glass Sellers’ Company makes a number of Awards. These are given at the discretion of the Trustees. Our awards include:

 

The Glass Sellers’ Science & Technology Award – awarded periodically

The prize is awarded periodically for a significant advance in the science or technology of glass. Developments must have taken place during the five preceding years and must either be commercially deployed or evidence of commercial viability must be provided. In 2008 GKN Aerospace were recognised for their development of advanced carbon composite aircraft structures incorporating embedded sensors made from glass fibre that provide data about the forces experienced by the structures which can, in turn, help to improve aircraft safety and reduce maintenance costs. The 2006 Award went to Joe Vittoria. A man with the courage, vision, and tenacity to build the largest yacht in the world from glass fibre – the extraordinary Mirabella V

Glass Art

The Glass Sellers’ Art & Craft Award – awarded biennially

This is a biennial award for an art piece made essentially of glass. It is open to graduate and professional studio glass artists’ resident in the UK. The winner is chosen from pre-selected finalists at a judging ceremony held in conjunction with the British Glass Biennale.

The Glass Sellers’ Art & Craft Student Award – awarded biennially

This is a biennial award for an art piece made essentially of glass, open only to glass art students presently at college or within three years of graduating. The winner is chosen from pre-selected finalists at a judging ceremony held in conjunction with the British Glass Biennale.

The Company has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Guild of Glass Engravers since its formation including a grant towards the cost of the first Exhibition held at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The following are awards which are specifically for members of the Guild:

The Glass Sellers’ Trophy – awarded biennially

The trophy is awarded to the artist adjudged the ‘best first time exhibitor’ at the Guild of Glass Engravers Exhibition. Whilst it carries no cash prize, is highly valued as an encouragement to artists new to the art of glass engraving.

Other awards

The Glass Sellers’ Beethoven Piano Prize – awarded annually from 2015

The prize of £1000 and a glass trophy is given to the winner of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s prestigious Beethoven Piano competition. This continues are long association with the GSMD. Until 2014 a trophy was awarded to the runner-up in the Gold Medal competition.

The Glass Sellers’ Tankard – awarded annually

The Company takes special interest in our ‘adopted’ submarine HMS Artful. We have been very proud to be associated with HMS Spartan and HMS Sceptre until they were decommissioned.

The tankard is presented annually, at the new Master’s Installation Dinner in December, to the crew member adjudged to ‘have contributed most, outside his professional duties, to the well-being and morale of the crew’.