The University of
Wolverhampton is celebrating after receiving a top international
accolade for its contribution to the field of
The Student Award for Education was presented to the University
at the International Ceramics Festival 2009 in Aberystwyth, Mid
Gwen Heeney, from the University’s School
of Art & Design, received a special ceramic bowl made by
Ashraf Hannah and donated by Studio Pottery, to mark the award. One
of the University’s recent BA graduates, now studying for his
Masters in ceramics at Wolverhampton, Serge Sanghera, is
demonstrating at the festival alongside leading potters and
ceramicists from around the world as part of this award.
The Student Award was
established to support new and emerging ceramicists and gives
either an individual student/recent graduate or group the
opportunity to present a project or a firing at the festival and to
work alongside the world’s most respected artists. This year’s
winner was Serge Sanghera, who is studying for a Masters in
ceramics at the University of Wolverhampton’s School of Art &
Design, with the University receiving special recognition for its
work in the field of ceramics.
Serge makes large scale wheel thrown vessels, and combines his
skill in throwing with his training in two Japanese martial arts –
whilst the thrown pieces are rotating on the wheel he strikes it
with a sword using martial arts techniques. His presence at the
festival was sponsored by Studiopottery.co.uk
2009 is the 12th International Ceramics Festival, which takes
place every two years and attracts over 1,000 ceramicists and
potters to partake in demonstrations, talks, lectures, spectacular
firings given by renowned and influential potters and ceramicists
from all over the world.
The festival is a joint initiative between Aberystwyth Arts
Centre and North and South Wales Potters, and takes place at the
Arts Centre, which is situated at Aberystwyth University.
Picture: Serge Sanghera demonstrates at the festival
Picture: Senior Lecturer Ceramics Gwen Heeney receives the
special student award for education by International Ceramics
Festival 'Master of Ceremonies' Ingrid Murphy.
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