Bede’s Ceramicists Exhibit at Cardiff School of Art and Design

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For the second year running, Bede’s pupils have been selected to exhibit at Cardiff School of Art and Design as part of the Ceramics Excellence Awards show.

Anthony Hammond, Head of Ceramics, says, "We are delighted that Nicole Ho, Gui Green, Matilda Scragg and Gleb Sharabinskii were selected to exhibit their Ceramics work at Cardiff this year. They have worked extremely hard to create some wonderful pieces of work and we are incredibly proud of their achievements during the first year of their A Level course."

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The exhibition contained over 40 pieces of ceramic work from all over the UK, ranging from Year 9 to 13. The standard of work created by the young ceramicists was so high and the judges were delighted with the quality of work on display. This year the judges were Geoff Swindell, Master Potter and former Cardiff school of Art and Design BA and MA lecturer; Lisa Krigel, Director of Fireworks Clay Studios in Cardiff; and Louise Jones Williams, Creative Director of LLantarnam Grange Arts Centre.

Bede’s was very successful this year and Gleb Sharabinskii received a Commendation award from the judges for his architectural table piece. The judges stated that they “loved the amazing construction of this ceramic piece and the fact that it can double as a functional table and a sculptural form at the same time”.

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Bede’s also picked a second Commendation award from the judges with Gui Green being successful on the day. The judges said that they “were impressed with the form and the layering of the glazes. They felt the glazing gave the work a great deal of depth.” 

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Anthony Hammond attended the private view and accepted the awards on behalf of Gleb and Gui. He says, “This is such a proud moment for the Bede’s Ceramics department. There are sadly not many Ceramics school departments left in the country, and to be able to keep the fantastic tradition of creating with clay alive with so many pupils that want to construct with clay is wonderful.”

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Nicole Ho was selected to have two pieces of ceramic work in the exhibition and received a great comment from one of the lecturers. Some of the parents and current degree students commented on the elegance and beauty of the form and glazing.

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After only studying ceramics for nine months, Matilda Scragg was chosen to exhibit and her bright and confident balanced form certainly drew lots of comments from the viewers and she received a wonderful comment from Dr Natasha Mayo (Senior lecturer at CSAD).

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The private view was a successful evening with a lot of university students and parents commenting on the sophisticated and professional work of the Bede’s pupils. Gleb Sharabinskii’s table sculpture could have been sold three times and Nicole Ho’s spiral forms could have also been sold to one parent.

The next group of Year 12 Ceramics pupils will begin working towards the third Ceramics Excellence awards in September. The standard will again be higher next year so they will need to build upon their GCSE year and create some outstanding pieces in the hope they will be selected for the June 2020 exhibition.

The exhibition is open at the Cardiff School of Art & Design until Wednesday 26 June. 

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