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The craft&design Selected Awards 2016 - Specialist Judges

craft&design Selected Awards
 

Delyth Done
Delyth Done
Wood & Metal Category

Delyth Done
HE Curriculum Leader Course Leader BA (Hons) Artist Blacksmithing & MA Contemporary Crafts
www.hca.ac.uk

I am passionate about the contribution crafts practice can make to transform our lives. I see it every day in my role as Curriculum Leader at Hereford College of Arts and I continue to be touched, moved and inspired by what is possible though creativity, conversation, curiosity combined with a culture of making. I consider myself privileged to work alongside emerging contemporary makers who are constantly challenging the boundaries of crafts with grit and determination.

Graduating from the RCA in 1996 with a MA Ceramics, I've since worked in a range of UK colleges and universities in teaching, management, curriculum development, validation and as an external examiner. I now lead a team of lecturing staff at Hereford College of Arts, which has a long-standing reputation for delivering and evolving craft-based, and international renowned programmes. I am also the Course Leader for the MA in Contemporary Crafts and the only BA (Hons) in Artist Blacksmithing in the UK - www.hca.ac.uk

I am a Council member of the British Artist Blacksmith Association and in this capacity have hosted seminars, curated exhibitions and am currently designing and curating Transition, a major international, contemporary, forged metal design touring exhibition to coincide with the Ypres 2016 event www.ypres2016.com.

I take enormous pleasure and pride in seeing our graduates exhibiting, gaining commissions and competing successfully at regional, national and international platforms; from the Great Northern Craft Fair in Manchester, through to Made By Hand in Cardiff and the Select Showcase in Cheltenham, and a recent highlight for

me was being at the Biennale d'Arte Fabbrile, Stia, Tuscany where graduate Sam Pearce won the World Forge Championships. I'm thrilled when I see tenacious, focussed, professional makers making an impact and changing the face of contemporary crafts.

www.hca.ac.uk/HCA-Live/ArtistBlacksmith
www.hca.ac.uk/HCA-Live/MAContemporaryCrafts

Judge’s Statement

Gold Award: Richard Kennedy

Judge's statement:  

"Richard is passionate about wood, the inherent natural qualities of grain and colour, and the versatility it possesses as a creative medium. He is a self-taught wood artists who over the past decade has been honing his skill, the work he submitted for the awards showed a consistency of creative voice combined with technical aptitude. The work, a series of beautifully turned and intricately pierced vessels are illustrative and often inspired by the things he sees around him - landscape, silhouettes of trees. He describes his making processes as a dialogue with the material, the natural grain structure is revealed through the processes of turning and carving, the result is the creation of narrative ornamental pieces that are intricate, refined and beautifully executed. Alongside being a practitioner Richard runs a Gallery in Argyll in the West of Scotland."
Delyth Done, April 2016.

 

Silver Award: Timothy Hawkins 

Judge's statement:

"Timothy is a furniture designer in the traditional sense of the word, celebrating time-honoured processes and unashamedly shunning digital technology, he  works primarily on client led commissions, applying his immense knowledge of making techniques acquired over a 35 year career to crafting a diverse range of contemporary objects for interiors. He has run his own business since 1980; his furniture demonstrates a high level of craftsmanship and design and evidences his skill as a cabinet maker.  He has recently diversified his business, converting his furniture showroom into a gallery space, through this, his submission and his online presence, he successfully articulates his passion and commitment to high quality craftsmanship and supporting the work of other artisans."
Delyth Done, April 2016.

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Silver Award: Fleur Grenier

 Judge's statement:

"Fleur's career has spanned twenty years and over that time she has carved a reputation as one of the country's prolific pewtersmiths winning numerous awards. Her pewter work is diverse and includes ranges for the giftware market as well as client based commissions, designs range from one-off sculptural pieces, tableware such as cheese knives, serviette rings, desk clocks and vases. More recently she has developed her practice, exploring combining pewter with blown glass forms; inspired by molten lava, her pieces celebrate movement and fluidity and show an exciting new strand to her practice. Fleur’s skill is in taking processes steeped in tradition from both disciplines; casting pewter, blowing glass, and through her design skill transform the materials into objects that are distinctly contemporary, her commission for the Carey Baptist Church, Northampton particularly illustrates this." Delyth Done, April 2016.

Finalists:

Richard Barlow

Sally Burnett

Sian Elizabeth Evans

 
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