Staffordshire Ceramics take top table at New Designers

"We were thrilled with the win and judges comments which recognised 'a comprehensive display of well executed work with a gallery curated feel, easily accessible for visitors'. This is an excellent showcase for our talented design students and this was reflected in both industry prizes and the high volume sales they made."

Tim Forrester, Awards leader

Creative arts students from Staffordshire University are celebrating winning top awards at what is recognised as summer's biggest design event.

The University's BA(Hons) 3D Designer Maker and MA Ceramics courses performed exceptionally well at New Designers – winning the Best Overall Stand Award.

Awards leader Tim Forrester said: "We were thrilled with the win and judges comments which recognised 'a comprehensive display of well executed work with a gallery curated feel, easily accessible for visitors'.

"This is an excellent showcase for our talented design students and this was reflected in both industry prizes and the high volume sales they made."

MA Ceramics Design student Laura Plant won both The Denby Award and the National Trust Artisan & Craft Award which gives her the opportunity to work with Derbyshire-based Denby on a live project and to create a product range exclusively for the National Trust. Judges praised Laura’s "beautiful pots", ceramic techniques and craftsmanship.

Laura and fellow MA student Holly Kemp have also won the opportunity for a prestigious placement with Sainsbury's Home.

Holly Kemp, who graduates this week and is seeking employment as a homeware designer, said: "Exhibiting at New Designers was a great experience with lots of opportunities to speak to people in industry.

"Being chosen as one of the Sainsbury's Home 'talent spots' felt incredible and it means that I now have the chance to visit their design studio to have an interview for their year-long, paid internship."

Cait Ava who has just completed her BA (Hons) 3D Designer Maker degree also picked up the Denby 'highly commended' and Surface Pattern student Francesca Hoyle was recognised by Ava Cad Cam in their Top 10 one's to watch.

Held over two weeks at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London, New Designers features 3000 breakthrough talents under one roof. 42 students from Staffordshire University courses including BA (Hons) Product Design and BA (Hons) Transport Design were represented at the show.

Helen Chapman, Associate Dean for Recruitment in the School of Creative Arts and Engineering, said: "This is the much anticipated next step for our final year students whose work has featured in our annual degree show. We pride ourselves on our highly employable graduates and we’re especially delighted that our ceramics expertise has set us apart this year."

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