Craftex 2017, the annual Trades House of Glasgow craft awards
and exhibition, highlighted the very best traditional and modern
crafts, design and technology skills taught at the city's
This year's Quilter Cheviot Award went to Sam Lauriston (20),
who produced his stunning set of bedside tables from reclaimed
timber. The student, who has just finished his HND in
Furniture Craft and Design at the City of Glasgow College, took
inspiration from French Victorian joinery.
Sam managed to source reclaimed wood as part of a sustainability
project, finding the increasingly rare Afrormosia (sometimes
referred to as African Teak) in a timber yard in Glasgow.
Sam, who is from Airdrie, said; "The yard salvages items that
would otherwise end up in a skip - such as doors, window frames and
skirting boards - from old properties. It was wonderful to
work with such provenance: I've hopefully shown that items made
from reclaimed products don't need to look salvaged. The
tables took five months to make, with a lot of late nights and
Gordon Ferguson - who heads up the Glasgow office of the
Exhibition's main sponsor, investment management firm Quilter
Cheviot - commented; "We were stunned with the amazing
craftsmanship and skill of all the entries, which Sam's winning
tables highlight. It is really exciting to see such a high
level of work coming out of Glasgow's colleges."
Kerry Connolly was the Gold Medal Winner with her incredibly
detailed equinoctial ring dial in the Model Making category, which
looks like heavy metal but is in fact made from acrylic.
The Deacon Convener's Design Prize went to Sharon Le Marinel
with her striking stained glass panel.
Crafts and skills represented in the 2017 exhibition were art,
bridal fashion, cake decoration, ceramics, creative writing,
decorative glass, fashion, furniture; graphics, make-up, nail art,
jewellery, millinery, musical instruments, new media, industrial
product design, sculpture, stained glass, stonemasonry, textile
design and video.