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The Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorators (SGCD) sponsors the annual Discovery Awards competition to recognize outstanding decorated ceramic and glassware design and technical achievements. Winners are honored during the awards banquet at the annual DECO trade show and seminar. The 2002 awards featured 320 entries in 15 design and 7 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 during DECO 2002 in Arlington, Va., February 23-26, and winners were selected by a panel of judges who reviewed each category and selected winners by consensus. This year’s judging panel included Holly Carter, U.S. Glass/Glass.com; Arn Bernstein, ASI; and Norb Buddenbohn, Baltimore Glassware Decorators and past SGCD president (1971-72).
Photos and brief descriptions for each of the 2002 Discovery Award winners follow.
Vandenoever Award: Lenox ChinaEvery year, SGCD members who visit the Discovery Room vote to select a “Best of Show” entry to receive the annual Vandenoever Award. The 2002 recipient is Lenox China for its White House-commissioned “Clinton Service” tableware commemorating the White House’s 100th anniversary. The ware is decorated with raised paste and hand-applied precious metal.
Judges’ Award: Design Point DecalSGCD’s four-judge panel selected its own “Best of Show” recipient after reviewing every entry in the Discovery Room. The 2002 recipient is Design Point Decal for this “Yankee Stadium” screen-printed, four-panel, water-slide decal on porcelain.
Discovery Awards for Excellence in DesignFood Containers, Ceramic: Decor America
Pomona soup tureen decorated for Port Meirion.
Screen-printed falling leaves canister.
Retro black juice glasses.
Saki bottles with on-glaze decal applied and fired; decorated for LIPS.
Direct screen-printed beverage tumbler.
Estee Lauder perfume bottle with direct silk screen printing.
Black Clotfelter mug with iridescent squares and company logo screened in a two-color ceramic color blend.
Neon crackle candle glassware with translucent spray frost colors coated with transparent spray crackle.
Etched and colored L.A. Lakers wine glass with matching coaster.
“Bogatelle vase” with ceramic pigments mixed dry to suit the pattern, then applied by brush with pine oil and turpentine.
Black bistro Coyote Cafe mug imprinted in four neon colors.
Mosaic table with a stained glass Mediterranean design set by hand.
Cardinal tumbler with two forms of resist application. Acid-etched and silk-screen designs are registered to the window.
“Poppies” tile decorated for Engers Keramik.
“Yankee Stadium” screen-printed, four-panel, water-slide decal on porcelain.
Hand-decorated black iris vase. Pattern was hand-cut and then sandblasted.
Four-piece Martin house dinnerware created using an inglaze four-color decal, which was applied to the Buffalo rolled edge shape and fired through a fast-fire kiln.
Raffaello’s “La Muta” with third fire transfer.
Pine cone plate setting.
Table lampshade created from a shallow crystal dome shape. The underside of the shade was decorated using blue-green enamel in the solid areas and then sponged, with a flux and frit applied.
Serpentine five-place setting with a waterslide decal and hand enameling.
Hand-decorated white vase with a floral pattern created by applying imitation gold leaf that was baked, then brushed over with transparent colors.
“Tea Time,” a computer-generated, ceramic, four-color, electrostatic-processed image.
Aladdin flora pattern for the Sterling China Co.
Spot fruit glasses with vintage label designs achieved with solid colors and half tones.
Victorian lady plate with a computer-designed center. The decal was printed through a four-color process, and a rim decal was applied. The gold lines were hand-applied.
Discovery Awards for Technical ExcellenceDirect Printed, Glass: Libbey Inc.
Capital Racing tumbler with tight registration and half tones combined to make a photo-quality image.
Bogatelle vase with ceramic pigments mixed dry to suit the pattern, then applied by brush with pine oil and turpentine.
Direct screen-printed Conique Pepsi tumblers.
Crystal box and lid made with a sandblasting mask and gold application.
Black “Fraze Pavilion” spinner mug. The design was imprinted with a direct-screen organic polymer four-color process.
New York skyline 11 oz mug.
Pressure-sensitive ceramic decal from a thermal transfer printer.
Boeing 777 windshield.
Golden jubilee plate and mug decorated with inglaze firing using gold and platinum on porcelain.
Gazebo stained glass, flat glass decoration.
Hand-painted glass and bowl.
Denim tile decorated with on-glaze firing and a small listello for wall use.
About SGCDSGCD was founded in 1963 and now serves a record number of decorators and vendors to the decorating industry. A total of 433 members and their associates attended the annual show and technical seminar in Arlington, Va., which included the Discovery Award program. The 2003 awards will be presented in Nashville, Tenn., March 30-April 1. For membership and entry details, call SGCD at (301) 951-3933 or visit http://www.sgcd.org.
All photos by Andrew Wagner.