For a number years the Fletcher Prize was awarded to one of our exhibitors at the Woodstock Christmas Exhibition. It was named after Fletcher’s House which houses the County Museum in Woodstock. This prize was instituted in 2001 as a gift from the late Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Smith, and until 2015 was continued in their memory by their daughter, Helen Hardy.
The prize is awarded to the maker of a piece of work that is considered to be outstanding in innovation and good design, and where the material of the piece is used in an exciting way. To continue promoting these ideals, and honour the excellence of our designer makers, the Board have now agreed that the Guild continue to give a prize, now to be called the Guild Prize which is for £100.00, with the winner and runners-up being announced at the Private View at the Christmas Exhibition. The winning piece of work, and that of the runners-up, are displayed throughout the Woodstock exhibition, but afterwards the winner is free to sell the piece as s/he wishes.
Prize winners in the past have included: ceramists, textile artists, furniture makers and wood turners, glass workers and jewellers.
Past judges have been drawn from national and local people in the field of art and crafts.