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.
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.
The Craftex Exhibition is sponsored by Quilter Cheviot,