Awards & Sponsorship

The craft&design Selected Awards 2011 - Specialist Judges

craft&design Selected Awards 2011

Peter Layton
Peter Layton
Glass Category

Peter Layton
www.londonglassblowing.co.uk

I have been actively involved in the studio glass movement since its inception in this country, having been captivated by the seductive medium while teaching ceramics in the USA during the ‘60’s. I was a founding member of B.A.G (British Artist’s in Glass) and later, on its demise, initiated and chaired the Contemporary Glass Society (C.G.S), during its early years. My studio, the London Glassblowing Workshop, was established in 1976 in Rotherhithe and is now located at London Bridge, in vibrant Bermondsey Street. I work with a team of about 10 people, producing individually free blown pieces, architectural work and glass sculptures. In judging this competition, I will be looking for evidence of:
1. Imaginative and innovative thinking and process.
2. Visual exploration and transformation of ideas and potential for development.
3. Expression of content and context.
4. Quality of production and realisation of the objects.

Judge’s Statement

Lamp working is the biggest area of growth in the glass world, particularly in the USA where the modern studio glass movement began, and is most developed. It was interesting therefore, that the majority of the finalists for this award were working in this technique, which might indicate that its popularity is being replicated here.  From a logistical and economic point of view, this makes good sense, in so far as it is manageable within a domestic framework, and as satisfyingly immediate as glassblowing at the furnace.
Having said that, Jessamy Kelly's cast work stood out, head and shoulders above any other submission, a tour de force aesthetically and technically.
She combines glass and ceramics - obviously not impossible, but extremely difficult by any standard, and she achieves this complex task with great confidence in simple and satisfying monolithic forms juxtaposed in sculptural groupings.
I was also impressed by Zoe Garner's range of expression, from small mixed media wearable art to large installations. She has also made a huge contribution to the development of the British glass scene by virtue of her commitment to the Cohesion Glass Network.
Similarly, Sabine Little's ingenious designs express thoughtful and delightful qualities.
I would like to commend all the shortlist for their commitment and perseverance in these difficult times.

 
Ceramic pot by award winner Phil Rogers,
craft&design Selected Maker of the Year 2011

In the Current Issue

Phil Rogers
Maker of the Year 2011 and craft&design Selected Gold Award 2011: Ceramics
craft&design Magazine

FREE Calendar & Wallplanner for Subscribers

Plan your year ahead with the craft&design 2012 Calendar & Wallplanner, £5 each or FREE to Subscribers!

2-4-1 Offer on all Back Issues

Buy One Get One FREE on all Back Issues - available as printed magazines or pdf downloads - an ideal opportunity to catch up on some of the features you’ve missed or to get a taste of what we’re all about if you’ve not read the magazine before!

Many thanks to everyone who participated in Craft and Design Month and National Ceramics Week. We'll soon be making plans for May 2012, so keep an eye on the website...

Craft and Design Month website

Find skilled designer makers across the country in our online gallery.

craft&design supports the aims of Anti Copying In Design
I only started subscribing to Craft & Design earlier this year and so far every issue is full of incredible inspiration and reading about other crafters has given me the confidence to take the plunge and set up my own craft business.
Tova Irving, subscriber
Home  |  Sitemap  |  Privacy  |  Contact Us Stockists of craft&design  | 
© Copyright 2011 PSB Design & Print Consultants Ltd. P.O. Box 5, Driffield, East Yorks YO25 8JD