Annual Competition

Annual competition 2019

Each year Glass Beadmakers UK (GBUK) holds a lampwork competition. One category, jewellery, is open to non-members with the criteria that the jewellery must contain lampwork beads.

The theme for 2019 is


The closing date is 30th April 2019

The competition is judged at Flame Off, an annual extravaganza for all things lampwork.

Jewellery entries must be sent to the competition organiser, and the pieces are returned to the creator or sold in aid of GBUK, whichever the creator chooses.

Entries need to be received by email and be in the post by midnight on 30th April 2019 – The entry form and rules are available in WORD or PDF format.

You will be sending us the physical entries so we can display them on our stall at Flame Off as well as a good print-quality photo for each.

You need to be a paid-up member on 28th February 2019 to enter any category other than Jewellery.

The categories are…

  • Newcomer – any form of entry is valid. Newcomers may enter this category OR enter any/all of the main categories.
  • Focal bead – on mandrel, single bead.
  • Set of beads – multiple beads, on mandrel.
  • Sculptural – on mandrel.
  • Other – incorporates anything else not included above e.g. cold working, dioramas, off-mandrel.

Members are welcome to enter multiple categories with different pieces of work, except the newcomer category. No one entry can be submitted for multiple categories.

  • Jewellery – one entry per person, or collaboration group, which must include lampwork beads. This is a good one to suggest to your customers – they can enter the competition using your beads as you do not have to be a member of GBUK to enter the jewellery category.

If you are a member, you can naturally also enter one jewellery piece.