The John Coleman Perpetual Award
This trophy is awarded for fine binding.
Brief Description Of The Trophy
Specially commissioned in 2001 this ‘Bath Aqua’ blue glass bowl, properly described by the firm that made it as a “footed centre dish”, commemorates the name of the SoB founding President, John Coleman. It is 245mm in diameter at its largest and 137mm high. It is engraved around the rim with the words The John Coleman Perpetual Trophy and with the SoB logo. Around the circular base are the engraved names of the winners. This trophy comes with a protective box made by Glenn Malkin in 2015.
The Winners Names
- 2001 John Mitchell
- 2003 Geert van Daal and Eri Funazaki
- 2005 Glenn Bartley and Simon Haigh
- 2007 Joanna Bird
- 2009 Rachel Ward-Sale
- 2011 Tom McEwan
- 2013 Jo Bird
- 2015 Glenn Malkin
- 2017 Mel Jefferson
- 2019 Rahel Scheufele
History Of This Trophy
“This year the Society commissioned two new trophies . ……….. The second new trophy is a specially commissioned piece of ‘Bath Aqua’ glass commemorating the name of our founding President John Coleman. It will be known as ‘The John Coleman Perpetual Award’ to be presented for the best binding in the Fine Binding category”. Ref: J. B. Edwards, Bookbinder 2001, Vol 15, page 15, “The Cambridge Panel –The Judges Verdict for 2001”
Articles about John Coleman can be found in the following articles.
- Michael Duckworth, Bookbinder 1987, Vol 1, page1, “John Leslie Coleman F.R.S.A. First President of the Society of Bookbinders, 1974-1985”
- Frank Hippman, Bookbinder 1995, Vol 9, page 35 “The History of the Society of Bookbinders.”
- Paul C. Delrue SoB Newsletter December 2009, page 15, “A talk given by Paul C. Delrue” – “In Remembering John Coleman”
Bath Aqua Glass www.bathaquaglass.com/
An independent glass production company, specialising in stained glass, glass blowing, handmade fused glass jewellery and glassware….. and glass trophies. Their signature colour is aqua blue. Their Theatre of Glass and sister shop are in the city of Bath.