Craftsmanship from the Valencian Community was, again, the star in the National Arts and Crafts Awards, the highest institutional recognition for professionals and initiatives considered excellent and exemplary in the field of contemporary craftsmanship.
The committee who made the selection gave the National Award to Art Antic, from Castellón, and nominated José Marín Jewellery and Sanserif Creatius, both from Valencia, who will go in for the Product Prize and the Promotion Prize for Private Entities respectively, three of the main categories of these awards.
The rest of the awards were given to the Canary enterprise Pisaverde S.L.U. (Product Prize), the Association of Craftsmen from Aragon (Promotion Prize for Private Entities), Foundation Centro Galego da Artesanía e do Deseño (Promotion Prize for Public Entities) and to the Andalucian potter Juan Martinez “Tito” (Innova Prize)
The National Arts and Crafts Awards, promoted and organised by the Spanish Foundation for Innovation in Crafts (Fundesarte), and organised by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism through the Directorate-General of Industry and of the Small and Medium-scale Enterprises, aims to encourage the development and competitiveness of the Spanish small and medium-scale craft enterprises by stimulating the innovation, design and the capability to adapt to the market.
After two previous nominations, in 2010 and 2011, Art Antic has eventually obtained the well-deserved prize. This enterprise located in Alcora (Castellon), is specialized in handmade and semi-handmade tiles. Since their origins, they have stand out because of their wide variety of handmade models that imitate the ceramic from the 18th century, insisting on design applied to the product. From ceramic tiling to clay tiles, antique posters, ceramic murals and restoration, among others.
Art Antic has a widely recognised career path, thanks to the great quality of the technique in their productions, their exclusivity and the high complexity of their large format work. The jury, in their report, has highlighted the capability of this traditional enterprise to adapt and expand into national and international markets, while they have also stressed their promotion of craftsmanship through their demonstrated social and environmental responsibility.
The award-winners received their prize from the minister for Industry, Energy and Tourism, José Manuel Soria. The event counted on the presence of numerous representatives from the sector and an official delegation from the Valencia Tegional Government (Generalitat Valenciana) headed by the General Director of Trade of the Autonomous Valencian Community, Silvia Ordiñaga, and the managing director of the Arts and Crafts Center of the Valencian Community, Cristina Cabrelles.