The first viewing of the final show was this morning. As we wandered around with tea and croissants I was delighted to see the finished work from students in the following departments:
photography, printmaking, ceramics & glass, gold & silversmithing, metalwork and jewellery.
I’ve put Jasleen Kaur’s Britesh logo as my lead photo as I simply loved her mix of indian and british products. The flip-flop brogues make so much sense! Her chai stall wasn’t functioning that early in the morning but the clay cups by fellow exhibitor Ian McIntyre will, I’m sure be well used before the end of the show.
Student shows always make me reflect on the unlimited power of our creativity. A few names to watch include Zachary Eastwood-Bloom for his digital wall pieces. I found his Landscape Tryptich arresting. Can someone please give him a stone wall to work on? I’d love to see his work on a really large scale. Information Ate My Table, a digitally carved table will soon be going on tour with the Crafts Council.
Tanya Gomez is an accomplished thrower – her new pieces are quite different from the tableware I’d seen before. The colours are luscious with the edges sharply delineated.
Victoria Delany was one of the recipients of our NEWH bursary this year: her project to produce tableware for events has already found a market. Her modular candlestick on display is only one of many products already created.
There were plenty of other interesting makers and artists but I can’t mention them all here and I haven’t even talked about the photographers and printmakers. If you would like a fuller report with images then please contact me.