Craftex 2017

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 colleges.

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.

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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 coffee!"

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.

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The Deacon Convener's Design Prize went to Sharon Le Marinel with her striking stained glass panel.           

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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.