Contemporary Glass Society awards national prizes for glass graduates

New graduates in glass net over £2000 of prizes at New designers 2014

This year’s New Designers show seems even better than before and the standard of glass work exhibited continues to improve.

The Contemporary Glass Society is particularly keen to encourage and support graduates working with glass as they start out on their career, and have, for the last five years, presented a number of highly coveted prizes for exceptional glasswork.

For 2014, the first prize goes to Harry Morgan (www.harrymorgan.info) from Edinburgh College of Art. The judges said that “Harry’s sculptures are visually arresting. He uses an innovative combination of materials to create tension between the fragility of glass and the solidity of the concrete and metal.' Harry really appreciated the award saying ‘It is really great to see that my work is of interest and appreciated by people in the industry. I am delighted to have won the award and look forward to the year ahead.’

(Left to right, judges Louis Thomson, Clare Maddison, winner Harry Morgan, and judges David Reekie and Karen Murphy

The two runners up this year were Cara Louise Walker (www.cargocollective.com/designsbycaralouise) from Gray's School of Art, Robert Gordon University and Bethany Jade Wood (facebook.com/bethanyjadewood ) from De Montfort University. The four students receiving commendations this year all came from the University of Sunderland; congratulations to Stephanie Da Silva (www.stephaniedasilva.weebly.com ), Amber King (www.amberking.co.uk ), Emma Baker (www.embablownglass.com ) and Stephanie Sykes (www.stephsykes-vibrantmind.weebly.com ).
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Bethany Jade Wood also won the CGS Glass Prize for commitment to skill 2014 sponsored by Simon Moore.

The first prize includes £250 in cash, a £250 Warm Glass voucher, a professional photo session with Simon Bruntnell worth £600, and a promotional and marketing package worth £400, including two years’ CGS membership. Craft&Design will also be providing a year's subscription to the magazine and space in the Makers Gallery pages, together worth £180.

The two runners up will each receive vouchers from Creative Glass UK, and a promotional package worth £100, including a year’s CGS membership.

Both the winner and the runners up will also receive a selection of publications from Alan Poole.

The coveted CGS prize for commitment to skill– offered four one-to-one masterclasses with the prize’s sponsor, Simon Moore, at his London workshop.

The judges this year were acclaimed glass artists David Reekie and Louis Thomson, together with Clare Maddison, director of Contemporary Applied Arts, and Karen Murphy representing the CGS, while Simon Moore judged the prize for commitment to skill.

The prize makes a big difference of students as they start their careers. Last year’s winner, Juliana Bolaños-Durman, said "The CGS Prize was a great platform that jumpstarted my artistic experience in a very positive note. I am very grateful for this because of the timing and how the exposure helped introduce my work to the art and design world". Since winning the prize Juli has gone on to win the Stanislav Libenský Award 2013 and the Coburg Prize for Contemporary Glass 2104.

New Designers is held every June/July at the Business Design Centre in Islington. Around 3,500 newly graduated designers come together from the top 200 design courses across the nation to meet industry employers, the media, trend predictors and a design-hungry public. There are nine design zones, covering everything from animation to architecture, graphics to glass and fashion to furniture.

Sponsors of the CGS prize are:
Simon Bruntnell – www.northlightphotography.co.uk
Warm Glass – www.warm-glass.co.uk
Creative Glass UK – www.creativeglassshop.co.uk
Craft & Design Magazine – www.craftanddesign.net
Simon Moore – www.simonmoore.uk.com
Alan j Poole – www.dankleinglass.com