The annual Discovery Awards competition recognizes outstanding design and technical achievements in the decoration of ceramic and glassware.
Deco received the Judges’ Award for overall merit.
by the Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorators (SGCD), the annual Discovery
Awards competition recognizes outstanding decorating ceramic and glassware
design and technical achievements. All entries were displayed in the SGCD’s
Discovery Room during DECO 2008 in Orlando, Fla., April 16-19.
The DECO ’08 awards ceremony was held Friday evening, April 18, at the Omni
ChampionsGate in Orlando.
Paul F. Duffer received the Frank S. Child Award for outstanding contributions
to the glass and ceramic decorating industries, and Frank Child was honored
prior to the presentation as the Honorary Chair of DECO ’08.
Discovery Award winners
were selected by a panel of judges who reviewed each category and chose winners
by consensus. The judging panel for this year included Paul Duffer, past
president of SGCD; Lynda Portelli, Imagine Tile (who excused herself from tile
judging); and Joe Cattaneo of the Glass Packaging Institute. Winners included:
Design Excellence Awards
Specialty Premium-Libbey Glass
Specialty Novelty & Souvenir/Glass-Libbey Glass
Specialty Novelty & Souvenir/Ceramic-Allen Co.
Specialty Innovation/Glass-Custom Deco
Casual Tabletop/Glass-Libbey Glass
Technical Excellence Awards
Indirect Transfer/Glass-Heinrich Decal
Custom Tile-Imagine Tile
Grit or Sandblast Glass-Libbey Glass
The Vandenoever Award winner from Imagine Tile.
Discovery entries were also honored with the Vandenoever Award and the Judges’
Award for overall merit, in addition to design and technical awards. Imagine
Tile won the Vandenoever Award, while the Judges’ Award was presented to Custom
The Vandenoever Award winner
was created using a new process that begins with the application of glazes to
ceramic tile in much the same way a printer applies ink to a page. When the
tile is fired at extremely high temperatures, the glaze and tile literally fuse
and the design becomes a permanent part of the tile. During this process,
additional layers of glaze are added to create a relief effect.
The Judges’ Award-winning red wine bottle was produced in seven stages. It was
first treated with a resist prior to the aluminum plating process, which gives
the appearance of a burnt paper pattern when sprayed. The bottle was then
vacuum metallized with an aluminum plating, and the resist was removed after
the plating process. A red matte full-organic spray was then applied, followed
by a black matte feathered organic spray at the top of the neck and bottom of
the base. The final steps included direct screen organic imprints on the neck
and side wall.
The SGCD was founded in 1963 and now serves a record number of decorators and
vendors to the decorating industry. The DECO 2009 trade show and technical
seminar, including the Discovery Awards program, will take place March 28-31 in
Las Vegas, Nev.
additional information regarding the Discovery Awards or SGCD membership, call
(740) 588-9882 or visit www.sgcd.org.
Editor’s note: Photos by Andrew Wagner, Andrew Wagner Photography, Sewickley, Pa.