A keen maker himself, since 2004 Michael Bloomstein has supported young, local talent by awarding prizes to graduates of the metal departments at both the University of Brighton and Plumpton College.

Each year the work exhibited is of a high standard and reflects credit on the students and teachers of the University of Brighton.

Download Bloomstein’s Silver Prize Student Statement by Ella Hall (PDF)

Dan Newman
First Prize winner – 2019

“I am very honoured to have won the Michael Bloomstein prize, it has been a
huge confidence boost for me and given me belief in my potential as an
artist. I am currently studying Blacksmithing and metalwork at Plumpton
College and really enjoyed working with new materials and the small scale
nature of work in jewellery lessons. I am new to the world of jewellery so I
am very proud of my achievement and grateful for the teaching from my
tutors. I will use my prize to progress my skills further and hope to pursue
a combined career of Blacksmithing and Jewellery making.”

Michael Bloomstein Prize 2019

Hannah Hopkins 

First Prize Winner Silver Award: Silver lined Damascus rings

“It is a great honour to be awarded the Michael Bloomstein Silver Award for my silver lined Damascus rings.  The prize has given me a huge confidence boost, and will enable me to continue developing my work outside of university. Thank you to my tutors and technical demonstrators for their support, and to Michael for this amazing opportunity.”

Pierpaolo Belfiore
Prize winner – 2017

First prize: Creative Metalworking piece named ‘Momento Mori’

“I am so pleased, I want to thank my teacher Cath, without whom I wouldn’t have challenged myself to create this piece of jewellery. Receiving this award shows to me it was the right choice and the right choice for my future career.”

“The sponsorship is very important to us – the gift of silver for the project is instrumental in introducing the students to silver and establishing their confidence in using it and the prize helps them when they graduate to move into a professional life using silver.”

Cynthia Cousens
Senior Lecturer
University of Brighton

“Michael Bloomstein’s continuing support and encouragement of Plumpton College helps to create an environment geared towards success for our young and aspiring jewellers.”

Cath Laffan

“I feel extremely honoured to have won the Michael Bloomstein Silver Award against such beautiful competition. The award has not only given me a massive confidence boost, but inspired me to push the design element of my pieces. I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to continue to design and produce silver jewellery. Thank you so much!”

Thea Larkin
Prize winner – 2014



“It’s an amazing opportunity and has definitely encouraged me to continue with my work in silver… The shop has been crucial to my work and I will hopefully be a continuing customer.”

Charlotte Stuart
Prize winner – 2009

“I’m extremely proud to have won this prize. This award is going to help me to continue creating silver jewellery which I hope to develop when I leave college.”

Aiden Beamish
Prize winner – 2013

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