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Posted 15.08.17

Crafts graduates impress all at Contemporary Glass Society awards

By Sarah Packer

Crafts graduates Ian Palfrey and Mim Brigham showcase their work at London Craft Week 2017.

Designer-making and craft employs over 100,000 people in the UK, with a further 3 million people employed in the wider creative industries.

Design crafts continues to see a real growth across small businesses, self-employed practitioners, and the sector as a whole.

Our substantial BA (Hons) 3D Design Crafts programme delivers state-of-the-art workshops, sector leading resources and outstanding staff-to-student ratios.

As such, we’ve created an engine-room for the global resurgence in craft and design industries, and offer graduates a network of international contacts and insights.

Here, we highlight several of our most recent graduates who have been spotlighted by international organisation The Contemporary Glass Society (CGS)...

Each of Anne's vessels is a 'ying and yang' of distorting and manipulating the structures and lines of building cranes.

Throughout her degree, Anne Freeman was heavily involved in the community, receiving glass commissions from the Lord Mayor’s office, the Plymouth Film Festival, The Building Forum and the Mayflower 400 project, and at our Graduate Shows being awarded the Corporation Award - Commended by our Board of Governors.

Most recently, Anne was selected to take part in the CGS International Online Glass Exhibition titled ‘In Relationship’. Artists were selected from a range of countries, from the USA to Iran and Argentina, to showcase their relationship with glass. The exhibited piece comes from a series that will become a starting point when Anne begins her MA Glass programme here at the college later this year.

Ian Palfrey was inspired by The Roman Cage Cup, designing and then 3D printing a cast to create the glass form.

Ian Palfrey has won second place in the prestigious CGS Graduate Prize 2017 and will be included in their Graduate Review 2017 publication.

Earlier this year, Ian exhibited one of his graduate pieces at London Craft Week 2017 and the entire series at our Degree Shows – his graduate project showcased the merging of tech and traditional craft, with Ian using our in house Fab Lab and our industry standard glass workshops to create the award-winning pieces. See more of Ian’s work here.

Mim creates fused disks of varying diameters and sizes of hand pulled murrini.

Sitting alongside Ian’s winning piece is grad Mim Brigham who was awarded highly commended in the CGS Graduate Prize, she will also be included in the Graduate Review publication.

Mim’s work was also selected for the British Glass Biennale 2017, the UK's leading exhibition of excellence in contemporary glass. Her work was selected out of 231 applicants as part of a presentation on the most interesting, diverse and outstanding glass art made in the UK in the last two years. See more of Mim’s work here.