At Hereford College of Arts the standard of craft design was high as always, with some beautifully original designs. Sophie Walker‘s woodcarved sculptures opened to reveal small stash spaces.
Collapsed wood stump pottery from Christopher Lawley was actually inspired by corroding metal objects.
Fred Suffield showcased his blacksmithing skills in these spiky sculptures.
At Nottingham Trent University I loved these blown glass skittles by Katerina Christou.
Loved these strange potted porcelain shapes by Rebecca Symons, which were inspired by amulets carried for supernatural protection: gnarled and tumbling pots spilled golden flowers.
Scattered colours in these variegated pots by Jade Hughes.
At University of Wolverhampton this pottery by Dawn van Gerven resembled toffee honeycomb.
Holly Harkin‘s nobbled glass rolled on misshapen bases in sweet shop colours.
Amazing necklace art by Remy Dubibe at Central Saint Martins.
Gigantic petal platters were made by Yasmin Houghton Glasier for Tunbridge Wells Hospital.
Blue lidded urns by Anna Krengel commemorated Joan Tindall.
At UCA Farnham I was immediately pulled towards an incredible display of ceramic babygros patterned with war imagery by Catherine Russell.
At Bucks New University Freya Anderson took the protests of the past year as inspiration for this installation of ceramic security cameras.
At Camberwell College of Art Sylia Panayiotidou created this glowing 3D artwork.
Uneven bases were something of a theme: rolling basins from Melissa J Vogel contained slabs of coloured glass like hardened globs of sugar sweets. Her work was inspired by ‘dead zones’ in today’s ocean.
Characterful embroidered bears by Natalia Kukiel.
A lot of fun: paint roller lights with interchangeable designs by Natalie Sampson at UCA Rochester.
More fabulous crafting talent coming up soon… here’s my second blog about the best designer makers at New Designers 2012.
- New Designers 2012 Craft, Ceramic, Glass and Designer Maker Graduates: part two
- New Designers 2011 Part One: Ceramics and Glass Graduate Show Review
- New Designers 2015 Crafts: glassware, metalwork, lighting, ceramics and more
- New Designers 2013 Ceramics and Craft: The Best Graduate Designers
- New Designers 2012 Printed Textiles and Surface Design Graduates: part one