Craftex 2018

Craftex2018 opened with hundreds of entries from the very best of Glasgow's college students' work. 

The standard was deemed 'outstanding' by the judges, raising the bar and inspiring work of future students.

Valentina Boneva of Glasgow Kelvin College was awarded The Deacon Convener's Design Prize.  Originally from Bulgaria she moved to Scotland 2 years ago.  Her award winning piece combined exquisite jewellery with sculpture.


Deacon Convener of the Trades House of Glasgow, Dr Alistair Dorward, said: "Glasgow should celebrate the work of its students.  We have seen outstanding entries in disciplines ranging from ceramics to videography; industrial product design to stringed instruments and we cannot praise those involved highly enough.  Trades House is proud to be able to showcase the students' work at this annual exhibition, which this year saw record numbers attend."

Several of previous years' winners have been offered jobs as a direct result of taking part in Craftex.

This year's Quilter Cheviot Award for Excellence and Innovation went to Steven Graham from City of Glasgow College, whose stunning stained glass piece really stood out.  Steven is a retired police officer, but has always been fascinated by glass work so decided to bite the bullet and embark on an HND with a view to taking commissions for his work.  He starts an Honours Degree at Forth Valley College in the autumn.

 steven graham

The Gold Medal was awarded to Alan Forsyth whose intricate wood and string work on his guitar was seen as outstanding.  Alan has been studying 'Stringed Instrument Making' at Glasgow Clyde College, and is about to start an HND there.  He previously worked as a joiner, but has been designing and building guitars since he was 14.

 alan forsyth

The Craftex Exhibition is sponsored by Quilter Cheviot, Investment Managers.