01 Jun 2017
Craftex 2017, the annual Trades House of Glasgow craft awards and exhibition,
highlights the very best traditional and modern crafts, design and technology skills
taught at the city’s colleges.
This year’s Quilter Cheviot Award went to Sam Lauriston (20), who produced his
stunning set of bedside tables from reclaimed timber. The student, who has just
finished his HND in Furniture Craft and Design at the City of Glasgow College, took
inspiration from French Victorian joinery.
Sam managed to source reclaimed wood as part of a sustainability project, finding
the increasingly rare Afrormosia (sometimes referred to as African Teak) in a
timber yard in Glasgow.
Sam, who is from Airdrie, said; “The yard salvages items that would otherwise end
up in a skip - such as doors, window frames and skirting boards - from old
properties. It was wonderful to work with such provenance: I’ve hopefully shown
that items made from reclaimed products don’t need to look salvaged. The tables
took five months to make, with a lot of late nights and coffee!”
Gordon Ferguson – who heads up the Glasgow office of the Exhibition’s main
sponsor, investment management firm Quilter Cheviot - commented; “We were
stunned with the amazing craftsmanship and skill of all the entries, which Sam’s
winning tables highlight. It is really exciting to see such a high level of work
coming out of Glasgow’s colleges.”
Kerry Connolly was the Gold Medal Winner with her incredibly detailed equinoctial
ring dial in the Model Making category, which looks like heavy metal but is in fact
made from acrylic.
The Deacon Convener’s Design Prize went to Sharon Le Marinel with her striking
stained glass panel.
The Craftex Exhibition is open to the public (free entry) on Thursday 1 June from
10am to 5.00pm and on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 June from 10am to 4.30pm, in
Trades Hall, 85 Glassford Street, Glasgow, G1 1UH.
Crafts and skills represented this year are art, bridal fashion, cake decoration,
ceramics, creative writing, decorative glass, fashion, furniture; graphics, make-up,
nail art, jewellery, millinery, musical instruments, new media, industrial product
design, sculpture, stained glass, stonemasonry, textile design and video.
For further information about Craftex or Trades House please contact