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Joseph Gray’s skills are gold standard at Craftex

By on June 7, 2014
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City of Glasgow College student Joseph Gray has won the top gold medal award at Craftex 2014, the Trades House of Glasgow’s annual craft awards and exhibition. The awards showcase the best traditional and modern crafts, design and technology skills taught at the city’s colleges.

Gray, of Scotsoun, who completes his HND Furniture Craftsmanship and Design studies at the City of Glasgow College this week, was selected as the overall best in show winner for his wooden live edge table, inspired by a piece created by renowned Texas craftsperson Louis Fry.

The table is worked in burr, spalted and ripple sycamore with walnut, purpleheart tenons and mixed exotic wood inlays – and it also won the Furniture Advanced category at Craftex, sponsored by the Incorporation of Wrights.

Gray said: “I’m over the moon with this Craftex win and delighted my work has been appreciated in this way. I contacted Louis Fry who was extremely helpful, sending me photographs and inspiring me to use my own judgement by putting my own twist on his design. My lecturers Kevin Mcgrane and Paul Southworth also gave me great support and encouragement, for which I’m extremely grateful. I’m now looking forward to working with others to further develop my skills, before eventually running my own business in the future.”

A hand-crafted honey pot in gold and silver won Glasgow Clyde student Helen Pickering, the Deacon Convener’s Design Prize and both winning pieces will be on show as part of the Craftex exhibition of work by college students today in the Trades Hall of Glasgow, Glassford Street. Home to the Trades House and its 14 Incorporated Crafts, entry to the exhibition is free.

Hamish Brodie, Deacon Convener of the Trades of Glasgow said: “Through Craftex, we recognise and reward the crucial skills that are being honed by our colleges across the city. The standard of entries continues to go from strength to strength each year, demonstrating that many of our traditional crafts are continuing to flourish alongside new technology.

“With business and careers representatives amongst the many attracted to the exhibition each year, Craftex has proved to be a unique and valuable platform for students seeking employment or launching their own business. Our congratulations go to Joseph, Helen and all of this year’s winners.”

Contributing to Craftex 2014 are the City of Glasgow College, Glasgow Kelvin College and Glasgow Clyde College. The event is sponsored this year by the Deutsche Bank, GES, Glasgow City Council, Thomas Tunnock Ltd, J Chandler & Co, the Merchants House of Glasgow, the Weavers Society of Anderston, Scottish Engineering and the 14 Incorporated Trades of Glasgow that unite to form the Trades House.

Picture – Joseph Gray, right, with Deacon Convener Hamish Brodie and the Louis Fry inspired table that won Craftex Gold Medal honours

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