11 October 2016
Back in June we announced a fantastic design project being run for our GCSE Art students with Wedgwood and Axia Solutions.
The Yr 10 GCSE Art students from Newcastle Academy and Clayton Hall Academy took part by following a design brief through to its final conclusion, providing designs which would work well on a plate and be easily manufactured using current production techniques.
This morning Dik Delaney, Global Design Director at WWRD presented the prizes to the now Yr 11 students in the library at Clayton Hall, along with colleagues from Axia Solutions, who organised the project.
Greta Johnson from Newcastle Academy and Meghan Newton from Clayton Hall Academy were chosen as the overall winners, each receiving their final design printed and glazed onto a one-off original plate, with their own personal backstamp, presented in a Wedgwood box. They also received a gift mug each and the all-important week long work experience opportunity; an invitation to work within the WWRD design department to gain further insight into ceramic design careers.
Greta said “I really enjoyed the project, including the visit to WWRD factory. It showed me that the ceramics industry is still very much alive, and how many hours of work and detail go into the development of each product”.
Meghan was surprised to have been chosen as a winner, adding, “I used the original old blue and white printed Chinese style as an inspiration, then added my own modern twist with different colourways and patterns, based on Asian culture”.
The other Yr11 students who took part were all presented with their own design proofs on an unfinished plate, saying the project was something they all enjoyed and now they could imagine their design as a finished product.