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The Glass Sellers’ & Contemporary Glass Society Graduate GLASS PRIZE and NEW GRADUATE REVIEW 2022.

What a spectacular year 2022 is for the Contemporary Glass Society (CGS).  From humble beginnings 25 years ago, it has grown over the years into a thriving and proactive society supporting a membership of over 1,100. CGS supports and promotes both contemporary glass art and contemporary glass artists in the UK.  2022 is also the UN designated International Year of Glass.

As part of their ambition to support emerging graduates at the beginning of what they hope is a long career in glass making, CGS offers an annual  Graduate Prize and produces the New Graduate Review, featuring the work of some of the best of the UK’s glass art graduates emerging from British Universities.  To enable CGS to do this, they receive funding and support from the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London Charity Fund together with Professor Michael Barnes MC FRCP and our other sponsors, Creative Glass, Pearsons Glass and Warm Glass.

The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers is one of the Livery Companies of the City of London.  Granted a royal charter by Charles  II, today the role of the company is to stimulate interest in the many and varied aspects of glass and carry out charitable works, with special emphasis on education.

As we emerge from an exceedingly difficult two year, The Contemporary Glass Society is delighted to announce the winners of the Glass Sellers’/ CGS 2022 Graduate Glass Prize and the graduates to be included in the New Graduate Review, 2022.

1st Prize – Polly Thomas- Colquhoun, University of Wales Trinity St. David -MA
2nd Prize – Sogon Kim, Royal College of Art, London MA
Runner Up – Eleanor Carney, University of Sunderland MA
Runner Up – Stephen Chadwick, Arts University Plymouth BA
Highly Commended – Charlott Rodgers, Edinburgh College of Art MFA Glass
Highly Commended – Rodrigues Goncalves, University of Sunderland BA
Highly Commended – Zoe Johnston, De Montfort University, Leicester BA
Highly Commended – Eleanor Hughes, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham BA

Commended – Christina Dembinska, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham – MA
Commended – Emma Martin, University of Wales Trinity St. David -BA
Commended – Sophia Lydia Henry, University of Wales & Trinity St. David BA
Commended – Kamila Ratuszynska, Nottingham Trent University BA
Commended – Ilze Jurševica, Nottingham Trent University BA
Commended – Angela George, University of Hertfordshire BA
Commended – Tulin Bedri, University of Wales Trinity St David -MA
Commended – Georgia Hazell, De Montfort University, Leicester BA
Commended – Bonnie Mustoe-White, Arts University Plymouth BA
Commended – Valerie Bernardini, Morley College, London BTec
Commended – Shannon Baker, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham – BA

 The selection panel comprised of Bruno Romanelli  – artist, Michael Barnes – glass collector/ CGS Trustee, Sarah L. Brown – glass artist/ CGS Trustee and Leigh Baildham from the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London Charity FundThe judges had a long and arduous task in selecting the 4 Winners; 4 Highly Commended, and the 11 Commended graduates to be included in the Review

“The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers Charity Fund is delighted to be able to support the excellent Student Award given by the CGS.  I was most impressed with the quality and diversity of design styles that were submitted this year. After the challenges of the pandemic, it’s clear that inspiration abounds in our future glass artist community. Please keep up the good work.”
Leigh Baildham (Chairman of Trustees – Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London Charity Fund).

The Winner Polly Thomas- Colquhoun, says, “I am delighted to have won the Glass Sellers/CGS prize and for all the support that comes with it. Life as an art graduate can feel a little daunting at times, so to receive recognition for my work has filled me with confidence. I have such a passion for my craft and feel excited for all the future possibilities ahead of me. As a new graduate, it is amazing to be able to get my name and work out there. Thank you CGS & The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers!”

“I was delighted to be asked to be a panel judge for the graduate prize this year and it was a genuine pleasure to see the breadth of talent coming out of the UK’s colleges.
I expected fisty-cuffs, but we were all in relative agreement throughout which was a relief!
The over-all winner was unanimous and still remains in my memory as the stand-out entry.
I’d like to recognise all the entrants for their hard work and perseverance – two essential characteristics required to be successful as a glass maker. “
Bruno Romanelli (Glass Artist).

“It was such a pleasure to once more judge the competition. Despite all the problems of the last few years there was, as ever, an excellent number of applicants with some excellent products and designs. A great variety of styles and techniques but overall, a really good standard. Not easy to pick the winners but in the end we managed without too much argument! I hope the winners are pleased with the decisions and the losers should not be too downhearted with such a high standard. Ilook forward to next year!”
Professor Michael Barnes MD FRCP (CGS Board member and sponsor of the Prize).

 “I’d like to thank all the graduates who took the time to apply for the Graduate Review. It was great to see the new ideas and potential that this year’s graduates shared with us. We are delighted at the Contemporary Glass Society to be championing new graduates when courses are declining, and will continue to support and promote glass as an exciting medium to work with in the future.

Sarah L Brown (CGS Trustee & Editor for New Graduate Review 2022 ).

The CGS ‘New Graduate Review 2022 ‘ is a 16 page publication, which will be circulated to all CGS. Members & Associates worldwide.  It is also featured as an included supplement within ‘Neues Glas – New Glass: Art & Architecture.’ Magazine.

This publication will give CGS an opportunity to showcase work from the talented Prize Winners plus work from several more emerging British graduates. It is vital to promote all glass education courses as more and more creative courses are threatened with closure. This year we had applicants from thirteen different courses.  It is so important we fight to keep these few courses going for the next generation of glass artists.

We are extremely grateful to all our sponsors who provided financial support and Prizes for the Glass Prize and the ‘New Graduate Review’ 2022, without whom this would not have been possible; Professor Michael Barnes MD FRCP, The Worshipful Company Of Glass Sellers of London Charity Fund, Creative Glass UK, Pearsons Glass, Warm Glass, Neues Glas – New Glass: Art & Architecture and Alan J. Poole.