Ceramics student wins international competition

"I'm looking forward to working with the winners from the other countries because each person has a different approach to ceramics so it will be good to learn from each other.”

Sabrina Vasulka, MA Ceramic Design

A Staffordshire University student has won an international competition which celebrates ceramics talent from across Europe.

Sabrina Vasulka, studying MA Ceramic Design, is one of six winners of the Future Lights
competition which is designed to help emerging ceramic artists kick-start their careers.

Sabrina, 31, a Product Designer originally from Argentina, travelled to Stoke-on-Trent with her partner specially to study ceramics in the heart of the Potteries.

She said: “I was checking around the world where I could study ceramics and I discovered Stoke-on-Trent. I love ceramics and this is a potteries town so everything is here – all the suppliers and the knowledge.”

The Future Lights competition forms part of Ceramics and Its Dimensions, a project co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. Sabrina was inspired to enter after last year's competition was held on campus and MA Ceramic Design students Yuka Kikumoto and Francesca Romei were named two of the winners.

Last month a shortlist of 18 people, including Sabrina and several other Staffordshire University students, were invited to present their work to a panel of Judges in Finland.

“The presentation was pretty nerve wracking but it was good because many of us off the course got to travel to Finland together.” Sabrina explained.

“We were really lucky this year that we got to know another country. It was very snowy because it's Winter and it was amazing!”

Sabrina entered a range of her work including contemporary mugs, hand-carved wall lamps and a piece that she designed during an internship with Dudson - a 'deep bowl' which is now being produced as part of the ceramics company's 'Harvest' range.

“I felt a little bit guilty winning because my friends didn't get to the next stage but it's great because lots of good things are happening.” She commented.

Sabrina and the other winners have been invited to Germany to showcase their work at one of the world's biggest trade fairs, Ambiente, and to take part in a workshop at the renowned Meissen porcelain factory.

"I'm looking forward to working with the winners from the other countries because each person has a different approach to ceramics so it will be good to learn from each other.”

“Going out to different exhibitions and getting feedback directly from customers and people in the industry will be really useful as well.”

With support from the University's Be Inspired programme Sabrina and her boyfriend, who is a designer, have now set up a studio at the old Spode Works in Stoke and she is growing her business SaV Ceramics.

Sabrina added: “It is thanks to being at uni that I've found out about things like the competition and Be Inspired. It's nice to know that you have that support - it feels like everything has come together!”

*The winners of Future Lights 2016 are Sabrina Vasulka, Karolina Bednorz, Rhiannon Ewing-James, Wendy Ward, Monika Müller and Maria Juchnowska.
 

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