Pewter Live​​​​

​"Pewter Live is a great contemporary role for a Livery Company: encouraging a contemporary ‘take' on the original craft of pewtersmithing."​ Sir Christopher Frayling​​​​​ ​​​

The Worshipful Company of Pewterers is a 600-year-old traditional guild, promotes the design and sale of traditional and contemporary pewter products in the UK and supports small and large pewter manufacturers. In these modern times design has a key role to play in getting pewter to be used as the material of choice for a range of consumer products.
Pewter Live is an annual European Design Competition for pewter and is organised by the Company in order to promote the use of pewter in modern products. It comprises two separate competitions, one exclusively for students of all ages from colleges and universities, and the other an open competition.

About Pewter Live

Pewter Live is an annual European Design Competition for pewter and is organised by the Company.

Catalogues and Information

The competition will be open to any UK or European designer or pewter maker. PDF catalogues are avalible online.


We are currently seeking new advertisers  for next year’s extensive Pewter Live catalogue.
About Pewter Live
Pewter Live is held in May each year at Pewterers’ Hall in the heart of the City. All the pieces of pewter that have been entered by students and professional designers are displayed at a three day event attended by the public, students, designers, manufacturers and retailers as well as City dignitaries. It is opened by the Lord Mayor and in previous years the prizes have been presented by Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum in London, HRH The Prince of Wales, Tom Dixon, Sir Terence Conran, The Marquess of Queensberry and Sir Christopher Frayling.
  1. Past Master, Rod Kent, and The Right Hon. The Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley

Highlights of past Pewter Live Events

The student competition is tremendously popular with colleges across the UK. As a result pewter design is now well established on the curriculum of their art and design courses and several have engineering departments that are developing new tools and techniques to aid manufacture. 
Pewter Live also provides members of the ABPC with the opportunity to work closely with participating colleges, universities and professional designers by arranging for them to visit pewter manufacturers to learn about the traditional processes and techniques involved in working with pewter. Over the past few years well over 30 new pewter products have been brought to the market as a direct result of Pewter Live.

Winners - past and present

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Past Catalogues and Information
Pewter Live - Questions & Answers:

  • How do I obtain pewter to work with? 

To buy pewter for manufacture (sheet, casting and solder) go to one of the following suppliers: 
  • Who could make my piece from my design?

The manufacters we advise to help produce your design are:
​​For more manufacturers go to the Designers Gallery (see left hand links): 

  • Where can I get an entry form?

Go to Pewter Live 2019 TBA for more information or download a form (links left).

  • Who is eligible to enter?

OPEN: The competition will be open to any UK or European designer or pewter maker. Please note there is an entry charge of £25 to cover administrative costs (see brief for more details).

STUDENT: The Competition will be open to any student studying at a British University or College holding a Student’s Union Card. .

  • Will I be able to take my entry home with me?

The entry will remain yours to keep. However the WCOP may wish to will reserve the right to keep and publish photographs of it. Students are asked to take their designs away with them after Prize Giving unless specifically asked otherwise.

  • Design Protection

All entrants are advised to take out their own design protection.The catalogue for 2018 will have details on design protection.

This prestigious competition is now in its 30th year and has become a key event in the City calendar.​

Pewter Live is an annual design competition which has become a noted and influential three day event held in May in the very heart of the City. In the impressive surroundings of the Court and Livery Rooms of Pewterers’ Hall, Pewter Live showcases exciting and innovative work of both established and student designers.

The Lord Mayor and Sheriffs regularly attend Pewter Live as well as Masters of other major Livery Companies, the receptions which run in conjunction with the event are attended by professionals from across the City and those in the forefront of the world of design. Past guests have included HRH The Prince of Wales, Sir Terence Conran and Sir Christopher Frayling.  Sponsors are given additional invitations for guests to all the key events which offers a great networking and advertising opportunity. 

Now in its 30th year, Pewter Live 2018 promises to be more widely promoted than ever before and will offer valuable opportunities to sponsors. We are currently seeking new advertisers with an established high quality profile for next year’s extensive Pewter Live catalogue. We are also offer corporate stands during the competition and sponsorship package. For further information, please contact our marketing department using the form below.
Advertising Enquiries 
Download Pewter Live 2018 Advertising Rates (pdf)

Please note the Worshipful Company of Pewterers does NOT accept enquiries regarding pewter marks or repairs.  Although the Worshipful Company of Pewterer’s website provides information on pewter, manufacturers, designers and metal manufacturers it does so without any liability. It is does not recommend or sponsor any Company or individual and the information on the website is for general information only.