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Ceramics, Jewellery and Silversmithing 2018 Graduates attend 'NEW DESIGNERS'- London

New Designers is the most important design event for graduate designers and makers in the UK. This exhibition brings together universities, buyers, and the design industry to celebrate and recognise the next generation of graduate designers.

We are fourteen Final-Year Students on Ulster Universityโ€™s Ceramics, Jewellery and Silversmithing Degree, who have participated in New Designers . While each of us specialises in different materials and techniques, a passion for hand-making unites us all.New Designers gave us an unmissable chance to be part of one of the UKโ€™s leading design events: to gain commissions; to be selected for awards; to discover opportunities for collaboration; and to make contact with galleries and collectors.

Having experienced this amazing show of so much talent, new designers was a successful experience for us as a group there to represent our department for the first time. It created amazing contacts, conversations, inspiration, new knowledge and awards for some of the group!  

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Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs: Belfast Rose Award 2017

Through Ulster University my design was chosen by a panel of judges from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to be made as 2017's Rose Award as part of Belfast City Councils Rose trials. The international Rose Garden at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park is one of the worldโ€™s leading rose gardens. Rose Week,  is a celebration of this spectacular rose garden and is now one of Belfastโ€™s most popular annual events.

This was an exciting opportunity for myself as a maker, allowing me to produce the design which was required to be  fully functional. A dainty watering can was inspired by my family's love of the garden and through hand fabrication of this award my skills and knowledge as a maker have grown. The Award was presented at the Rose Luncheon at Belfast City Hall, which I had the pleasure to attend and see the award winning roses grown by Kordes Sparrieshoop in Germany

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