Words by: Simon Difford
After a successful first year, the Glassology by Libbey Design Contest is back and now accepting entries for its second edition.
Libbey takes a unique approach to bartending competitions, and instead of focusing on what's in the glass it invites industry professionals to create the ultimate glassware design.
The winner will be crowned Libbey's Glassologist 2018 and have their glassware taken into production to be sold all over the world. A truly unique prize!
In the video above, watch the 2017 winner, Robert Schinkel from The Netherlands, as he talks about the amazing experience he had during the heats and since he won with his design, the Tulip Punch Bowl.
Your submission, in the form of a sketch or concept idea, must be entered by 30 November 2017.
The judges will review all entries during December and the semi-finals will be held during January. At the semi-finals the contestants will join masterclasses with the Libbey designers and judges and have a factory tour.
The semi-finalists will then have three weeks to finalise their design and story before submitting their final design.
The final will be held during the Perfect Serve Barshow in Amsterdam on 28 May 2018.
The judging panel includes:
Diego Ferrari, creator of the famous group of Facebook Cocktail Art
Frauke Timmermans, Creative Director at Libbey
Robert Schinkel, global winner of Glassology by Libbey, 2017
Sandrae Lawrence, founder of The Cocktail Lovers
Simon Difford, CEO of Difford's Guide
Tara Garnell, drinks stylist
Robert Schinkel with his winning design, The Tulip Punch Bowl
The contest is open to bartenders, sommeliers, baristas and other drinks specialists from around the world.
The contest opens for entries in October 2017 and the closing date is 30 November. Simply head over to the Glassology by Libbey website and upload a sketch / concept idea.
Remember, in this global contest it's not the drink but the glass as an essential element of the drinking experience which is the focus.
Six global finalists will be chosen to participate in the global final, in Amsterdam, in May 2018. The global champion will see their glassware designed taken into production, will be able to name the glass and will receive 250 pieces of their winning design. They will also be invited to join the judging panel for the 2019 contest and attend Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans as Libbey's Glassology ambassador.
To find out more, read the terms and conditions and to submit your glassware creation visit the Glassology by Libbey website. Entries must be in by 30 November.