SGCD Presents the 2000 Discovery Awards

The 2000 Discovery Awards, honored by the Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorators (SGCD) during its annual show and technical seminar in San Diego, September 10-13, featured 223 entries in 30 design and 9 technical categories. Two awards were presented in each design category, with glass and ceramic entries judged separately.

In addition to the design and technical awards, SGCD also honored two Discovery entries for overall merit. All entries were displayed in SGCD's Discovery Room, and a panel of three judges reviewed each category and selected winners by consensus. The judging panel included Christine Grahl, editor of Ceramic Industry; Dennis Newbury, Dennis Newbury & Co. and Gary Stevens, Product Decorating Systems, Inc. SGCD members Robert Zollweg of Libbey Inc. and Randall Van Hise of Engelhard Corp. organized the Discovery Room.

Photos and brief descriptions for each of the 2000 Discovery Award winners follow.


Johnson Matthey

Every year, SGCD members select a "Best of Show" entry from among the best overall Discovery Award entries in the Discovery Room. The 2000 recipient of the Vandenoever Award is Johnson Matthey, Maastricht, Holland, for its "Van Gogh Vodka Bottle." The ware is partly etched and has 12 screened colors.



SGCD's three-judge panel selected its own "Best of Show" recipient after reviewing every entry in the Discovery Room. The 2000 recipient is Preciosa, Inc., Westfield, N.J., for a black/gold luster deco bowl. The ware, which required precise masking, was fired at 1100°F.

Food Containers, Glass: Libbey Inc.

Screen-decorated autumn-leaf glass storage jar.

Food Containers, Ceramic: The Pfaltzgraff Co.

Hand-painted Christmas heritage candy train.

Beverage Containers, Glass: Johnson Matthey

"Van Gogh Vodka Bottle." The bottle is partly etched and has 12 screened colors.

Beverage Containers, Ceramic: The Pfaltzgraff Co.

Jamberry teapot with hand-painted lid and decal applied to its base.

Cosmetic Containers, Glass: Art Deco Division of Pochet of America

50 ml. "White Violet bottle" decorated with organic spray with two-color tight registration.

Architectural Glass: Custom Deco, Inc.

Glass tiles acid-etched with resist design and colored coatings.

Architectural Ceramic: Decoritalia

"La Citta Delle Carte." Large six-piece tile panel with transfer decoration reproduced for architect Piero Fornasetti.

Industrial Ceramic: Decoritalia

This decas step tile ensures a commercial grade (PE14) as well as a high friction coefficient level to answer all codes. Special materials are used for the printing of these decals to achieve the special aspects of the tile.

Tumblers, Glass: ARC International

Six-piece, screen-printed, old-fashioned woodstock set.

Mugs, Glass: Custom Deco, Inc.

Budweiser King of Beers stein. Direct screen applied to acid-etched resist design.

Mugs, Ceramic: Drake Studio, Ltd.

Ceramic stein featuring transfer decoration.

Ad Specialty/Premium, Glass: Custom Deco, Inc.

Nautical coke tumbler. Four-color direct screen applied to frosted ware with colored base.

Ad Specialty/Premium, Ceramic: The Allen Company

Black coffee mug with gold "DARE" designs. The designs were screen printed using satin etch and 22 carat gold inks. Crushed glass was applied for texture.

Novelties & Souvenirs, Glass: Libbey Inc.

Valentine designs applied by direct screen.

Novelties & Souvenirs, Ceramic: The Allen Company

Black mug with an intricate design of Chicago. Three iridescent inks are blended on one screen and matte black highlights the Sears tower, while white ceramic inks are overlaid with fine crushed glass on the buildings to show city lights at night.

Collectibles, Glass: Custom Deco, Inc.

Defenders of Wildlife glass tumbler. Five-color direct screened and acid etched with resist design.

Collectibles, Ceramic: Heinrich Ceramic Decal Inc.

Hand decorated fine porcelain sculpture by The Franklin Mint entitled "Maku." The sculpture is decorated with a combination of multi-colored and bright gold decals with hand painted embellishments.

Artware, Glass: Preciosa, Inc.

Black/gold luster deco. Glass bowl decorated with a grit blasted butterfly design.

Artware, Ceramic: Decoritalia

King Tut tile created using four-color process decal with additional spot colors added.

Lightingware, Glass: L.E. Smith Glass Co.

Table lamp with smokey quartz design and satin finish.

Lightingware, Ceramic: Commercial Decal of Ohio

Golfer desk lamp decorated with decals applied to the interior of the lampshade.

Innovation, Glass: Sydney Cash

Optical vases designed for the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).

Innovation, Ceramic: Design Point Decal, Inc.

Ceramic tile featuring elk design. Digital ceramic four-color process plaque created from computer-generated art. No pre-press was required, and the finished decal was generated in one minute.

Casual Tableware, Glass: Libbey Inc.

Christmas tree in frost with a green or red base.

Casual Tableware, Ceramic: The Pfaltzgraff Co.

Four-piece Jamberry dinnerware set.

Formal Tableware, Ceramic: Lenox China

Formal, five-piece dinnerware entitled "Kyoto" with waterslide decal decoration.

Food Service, Casual, Glass: Custom Deco, Inc.

Coke repeat tumbler bearing acid etched designs with step and repeated resist and indirect full-color logo.

Food Service, Casual, Ceramic: Oneida, Ltd.

"Tex Mex." Reactive decal on colored glaze. Inglaze decals by Sias.

Food Service, Formal, Ceramic: The Homer Laughlin China Co.

"Grand Californian" plate decorated with decal.

Food Service, Formal, Glass: Custom Deco, Inc.

Cobalt blue goblet with acid resist design on multi-colored glass.

Grit-Sandblast-Etched, Limited Edition: Preciosa, Inc.

Gold decorated glass bowl with leaf design achieved by sand blasting. Design and decoration by Schlanser Design Studio, Pasadena, Calif.

Direct Printed, Glass, Production: Johnson Matthey

"Van Gogh Vodka Bottle." The bottle is partly etched and has 12 screened colors.

Indirect Transfer, Ceramic, Production: Drake Studio, Ltd.

"Retiree Stein" with painted handle decorated with ceramic waterslide decal.

Indirect Transfer, Limited Edition: Johnson Matthey

Floral reactive effect plate decorated with decals by Johnson Matthey.

Direct Printed, Limited Edition: The Allen Co.

A vivid blue coffee mug with a screened "Intersound Inc., Post Production" imprint.

Hand Decorated, Limited Edition: Johnson Matthey

Hand decorated Bohemia glass vase with burnish silver and other enamels.

Custom Tile, Limited Edition: Decoritalia

"La Citta Delle Carte." Large six-piece tile panel with transfer decoration reproduced for architect Piero Fornasetti.

Indirect Transfer, Glass, Production: Glaswood Industries

Martini blue stem glass with full color imprint.

Architectural Ceramic, Production: Décor America, Inc.

"Celebration Fern." KDV Tile Motif with overglaze decal and vitrosa application.

*Limited edition winners were produced in quantities of 288 and under, while production category winners were produced in quantities over 288.

SGCD was founded in 1963, and now serves a record number of decorators and vendors to the decorating industry. A total of 556 members and their associates attended the annual show and technical seminar in San Diego that included the Discovery Award program. The 2001 awards will be presented in Arlington, Va., September 30-October 3. For membership and entry details, call the SGCD at (202) 728-4132.

All photos courtesy of Andrew Wagner.


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