British Ceramics Awards winners named

Tableware designer Louisa Taylor and ceramicist Neil Brownsword are among the winners of the first-ever British Ceramics Awards, which took place last night.

The awards, worth a total of £40 000, have been introduced as a new centrepiece for Stoke-on-Trent’s British Ceramics Biennial.

Emerging victorious in the batch production awards category, Taylor won £10 000 for her tableware collection, inspired by the 18th-century porcelain vessels on show at Stoke-on-Trent’s Potteries Museum.

Brownsword also picked up a £10 000 cheque for his work in the one-off ceramics category. His pieces include installations created from discarded ceramics.

There were two winners in the ceramics in industry category. Royal Crown Derby won for its commissioning of designers to develop its product range. Ibstock Brick was also honoured, for its sustainable ceramics products that aim to improve heat retention in buildings. The two companies split the £10 000 prize.

Three awards of £3000 each went to Andrew Burton, Robert Dawson, and Gwen Heeney and Vicky Shaw, for their proposals for ceramic works across Stoke-on-Trent, which they entered into the ceramics in the built environment category.

British Ceramics Biennial co-director Jeremy Theophilus says, ‘We didn’t want the conventional – and we didn’t get it.’

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