UWTSD student wins Mission Gallery Craft Prize 2022


Student on BA Design Crafts, Megan Jamieson, has been awarded the Mission Gallery Craft Prize after judges visited her display at the Swansea College of Art Summer Degree Show last month.

Megan’s work was inspired by her homeland, and explored her connection to place on the West Wales farm she grew up on. She says, "I created pots from the clay I dug from a field which my Dad and Tadcu cared-for for 120 years. I believe the clay carries memory from the land, therefore this is some of my most personal work." 

Meg explored a broad range of techniques offered on the Design Crafts Degree at UWTSD including ceramics, metal, glass, enamel and print. It is the richness of craft taught on this course that has allowed Meg to embrace a beautiful range of material and process, and her installation is a celebration of that journey over 3 years.

Chosen from the work of all students graduating from craft-based degrees including Design Crafts, Glass, Surface Pattern and Textiles courses, the award gives Meg the opportunity to have her work showcased in the Retail Gallery at Mission over the summer months, and to produce a selection of pieces for retail at the gallery in the longer term.

The key selection criteria for the prize-winner were:

- Originality of concept

- Application of idea(s)

- Making skills

- Integrity of finished pieces of work ie. how well made, finished and robust they are

- Retail readiness

Meg’s work was selected by Rhian Wyn Stone, Exhibition and Retail Coordinator at Mission Gallery, “for the depth of her exploration, rigour of cultural and artistic enquiry, making skills, quality of enamelling, potential of ceramic making with home-sourced clay and retail appeal of enamel pieces.”

Anna Lewis, Lecturer in Design Crafts at UWTSD says: "We are so happy and proud for Meg. I know winning this award will mean so much to her as she has worked incredibly hard on this beautiful and thoughtful collection.

“We love the journey from the farm to the studio, and the fact that the work is made from the clay she dug up herself there makes it all the more meaningful. We wish her luck in her future career as a maker, and want to formally thank Mission Gallery for recognising the talent we nurture here at Design Crafts."

More information on creative degrees can be found on the Swansea College of Art website, as well as course-specific details about BA Design Crafts. Meg’s work will be available to view and purchase at Mission Gallery over the summer.

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