Staff from the School of Art & Design collaborated with the Wedgwood Museum Trust to run a competition with the theme ‘jewellery and body adornment’.
The winners, along with other selected works, are to be included in the exhibition ‘New Directions’ which will celebrate the opening of the flagship new Wedgwood Museum, in Barlaston, Stoke on Trent. The students work will also form part of the Wedgwood permanent collection, and will be shown on the new website.
The judges were looking for students who showed a creative and inspirational journey through ideas and processes using Wedgwood as the starting point. The competition was entered by 57 students and ran as part of modules in the 1st 2nd and 3rd year, and was also open to MA students in the disciplines of Design and Applied Arts, Ceramics, Glass and Textiles.
Andrew Logan, the artist, jewellery designer and innovator of the ‘Alternative Miss World’, was the main judge, along with Gaye Blake Roberts, Director of the Wedgwood Museum, Nigel Spicer, Education Director, Sharon Gater, Curator of the Wedgwood Museum and the University’s Design and Applied Arts staff as advisors.
Andrew Logan’s 1st prize went to Lisa Abrams, from level 1 ceramics, who designed and made a contemporary take on the traditional cameo. His 2nd prize went to Gabby Davis, level 2 Textiles, for a spectacular bikini based on the twisted handles on some of the historical Wedgwood jugs and 3rd prize went jointly to two level 2 glass students, Amy Zaffarese for her glass teeth clips and William Pryde, whose glass buckles where inspired by Wedgwood’s industrial machines.
Wedgwood also chose a group of winners. The overall winner for them was Dawn Pargeter-Van Gerven, an MA student who developed a range of glaze experiments as exquisitely presented buttons inspired by the glaze testing which was an important part of Wedgwood’s history and innovation.
Nigel Spicer was delighted with the response and quality of the work. He said: “We cannot wait to work with the University of Wolverhampton again and have already set the date for the next competition.”
Gwen Heeney, Senior Lecturer Ceramics, said: "Working on a live project with the Wedgwood Museum with the possibility of having work permanently shown in the museum collection gave the students an excellent introduction to how they might develop as practicing artists/makers interacting with major institutions, entering competitions and exhibiting work. The department is really looking forward to working with the Wedgwood Museum next semester on another live brief."
Picture: Andrew Logan with Lisa Abrams’s winning cameo design.
The new Wedgwood Museum, in Barlaston, Stoke on Trent, opened on Friday, October 24 2008.
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