Our new initiative for the 2013 festival was to offer students the opportunity to demonstrate at the festival, for more information please see: www.internationalceramicsfestival.org/information/icf_student_demonstrations_2013
We hope to be able to offer both student demonstrations and the student award for the 2015 festival. More details will be available soon
Student Award 2009 – Serge Sanghera
This year’s winner is Serge Sanghera, recently graduated from Wolverhampton. He makes large
scale wheel thrown vessels, and combines his skill in throwing with his training in two Japanese martial arts; while the leather-hard thrown piece rotates on the wheel, he strikes with a sword using martial arts movements.
The University the Student Award Winner studied at will be presented with a special ceramic piece made by Ashraf Hannah, donated by Studio Pottery, at the opening ceremony.
The Student Award enables a student or recent graduate to complete an interesting project or demonstrate an innovative technique at the Festival. It gives students an opportunity to work alongside respected international ceramists as an invited guest artist.
Student Award 2007 – Heidi Hockenjos, Rosie McConnell, Holly Bell, Nicholas Hardy, Georgie Sworder
Thus year the Student Award winners were a team of Brighton arts graduates who built an interactive clay mushroom village thoughout the festival. The individual structures were made from a mixture of wood, cardboard, chicken wire, paper and recycled junk, covered in clay, and festival visitors wew encourage to add to the structures in any way they wished!
Student Award 2005 – “GreenFire” by Unpacked Theatre Co
One of the aims of the award is to encourage a fresh look at ceramics; an aim which helped the committee decide upon the 2005 Winner.
Unpacked created a series of short performance pieces around the Festival site during the weekend. Using physical theatre, movement, puppetry and animation techniques, they explored relationships between ceramic pieces and human bodies, their common fragilities and possibilities of transformation.