Young Craftsman wins for second year in a row

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Eighteen-year-old Thomas Streeter from Pulborough in West Sussex was announced the winner of this year’s Young Craftsman of the Year competition for the second year running.

Thomas wowed the judging panel again this year with a stunning series of decorated wood turned hollow forms. This talented young man left the Weald Sixth Form College last year and is now an apprentice at Ricardo Engineering in Shoreham – a global engineering, strategic and environmental consultancy which employs over 2000 engineers, scientists and consultants around the world.

Visitors to the South of England Show taking place this week on 11, 12 & 13 June will be able to see Thomas’s winning piece along with all the other entries. Thomas is looking forward to accepting his overall winning prize of £1,000 on Saturday 13 June at 11 am in the Young Craftsman of the Year Marquee, which is situated in the Skills & Craftsmanship zone behind the Norfolk Pavilion.

This competition is at the heart of the South of England Show and demonstrates skills, diversity and technical expertise across five categories: wood, metal (incl. jewellery), textiles, ceramics and design and technology.   The judging panel will consider the concept, design, use of materials, artistic merit, function, proportion, technical skill and finish, and of course ultimately the winning pieces will have to have that ‘wow’ factor.

Said Sarah Peay, Committee Chairman, “Once again, the standard for this unique competition has been incredibly high this year and we are delighted to have received 168 entries from youngsters aged 14-21 years who live or study in Berkshire, East Sussex, West Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent and Surrey.

“Celebrating ‘the Next Generation’ is something the Young Craftsman of the Year competition has done for the last 29 years and it fully embraces two of the South of England Agricultural Society’s objectives, namely to promote crafts and skills and to encourage young people to extend themselves and produce work of the highest standard.”

It was 17 years ago at the age of 20 when Jason Willie from East Grinstead won the prestigious title and his business, Anvils Blacksmiths, has continued to go from strength to strength, with a steady stream of specialist commissions including many of his pieces featured at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Specialising in bespoke wrought iron work, including gates, railing, fire utensils and candle sticks, Anvils serves customers throughout Sussex.  Jason heads up the team and is very proud of keeping his work traditional, but he understands the importance of keeping eyes forward and ensuring the next generation is supported and as such, has successfully mentored three young apprentices over the last few years.

Jason’s success story is just one of dozens to come out of the Young Craftsman of the Year competition and for the majority of visitors coming to the South of England Show, the Young Craftsman of the Year Marquee is a “must see” exhibit showcasing the outstanding skill and creativity of young craftsmen.

OVERALL RESULTS FOR 2015

Overall Winner – Thomas Streeter winner of Wood Section from Pulborough, West Sussex with a series of decorated woodturned hollow forms

2nd place – Charles Brown winner of D&T Section from The Angmering School in West Sussex with a household water turbine to adapt to existing house pipe network

3rd place – Polly Henderson winner of Textiles Section from Burgess Hill School for Girls in West Sussex with a mens jacket inspired by the beautiful and endangered reptile species

OTHER RESULTS:

Wood Section

1st – Thomas Streeter from Pulborough, West Sussexa series of decorated woodturned hollow forms

2nd – Jack Bateman, Draco Furniture in Yapton, West Sussex – a modern pedestal desk

3rd – Oliver Akdeniz from Eastbourne College, East Sussex – scaled prototype garden seating which wraps around a tree

Metal Section

1st – Freddie Stanbridge, Plumpton College in East Sussex – a log basket with traditional scroll work

2nd – Shaun Donaghy, Plumpton College in East Sussex – a silver bracelet with hinge

3rd – Karris Stewart, Camelia Botnar Foundation in Cowfold, West Sussex – a contemporary forged king-size bed

Design & Technology

1st – Charles Brown, The Angmering School in West Sussex – a household water turbine to adapt to existing house pipe network

2nd – Zach Marston, Sackville School in Sevenoaks, Kent – a wooden desk lamp in African Walnut, Ash and Cherry

3rd – Lyubimova Galina, Eastbourne College in East Sussex – a stereo MP3 speaker made of acrylic

Ceramic Section

1st – Nicola Stephenson, Katrina’s Pottery in Forest Row – a caged carafe consisting of a bulbous vase with intricate lace designs cut out

2nd – Ruby King, Katrina’s Pottery in Uckfield, East Sussex – a brightly coloured tea party chandelier

3rd – Ruby Reeve Moody, Katrina’s Pottery in Forest Row, East Sussex – a marine medley

Textiles Section

1st – Polly Henderson, Burgess Hill School for Girls in West Sussex – a mens jacket inspired by the beautiful and endangered reptile species

2nd – Katy Holland, Sackville School in Ashurst Wood, West Sussex – a stage outfit inspired by a Japanese kimono

3rd – Emerald Greenwood, Imberhorne School in West Hoathly, West Sussex – a Hacking jacket in wool tweed

SPECIAL AWARDS:

Special prize awarded by the Worshipful Company of Joiners and Ceilers for the best piece of joinery – Rachel Morgan from Bede’s School in East Sussex – Dressing table in Walnut and Zebrano

UNDER 17 AWARDS

Textiles:

Hannah Carney, Sackville School in Ashurst Wood, West Sussex – a backpack based on ancient Egyptian culture and cobra shaped

Emily Glyn, Imberhorne School in West Hoathly, West Sussex – a wool and print fabric coat with sublimation lining

Wood:

Kieran Clarke & Alex Lewis, Sackville School in Ashurst Wood, West Sussex – both made inlaid coffee tables

Find out more at www.seas.org.uk/young-craftsman-year/

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Notes to Editors:

The South of England Agricultural Society is a registered charity that was founded in 1967 from a consolidation of agricultural societies going back to the 1830’s. The Society operates from the South of England Showground, a 150-acre site situated just outside Ardingly village in the heart of the West Sussex countryside.

Working across the six counties of Berkshire, East Sussex, Hampshire & the Isle of Wight, Kent, Surrey and West Sussex, the Society’s aims are to showcase farming, agriculture and the countryside through annual shows and serve the community through the provision of education, grants, awards, bursaries and scholarships for people with an interest or involvement in farming, agriculture and other related land based industries.

www.seas.org.uk

The Society’s flagship event is the South of England Show, which takes place in June each year. In 2015, the Society will be hosting the following events and initiatives:

Shows: Spring Garden & Leisure Show – 3 & 4 May (incorporating The Open Dog Show, The Alpaca Show) South of England Show – 11, 12 & 13 June (incorporating The Hackney Horse Show and The Hound Show) Autumn Show and Game Fair – 3 & 4 October; Winter Fair – December 5 & 6.

Educational events & competitions: Connect with the Countryside; Jim Green Memorial; Young Craftsman of the Year Competition and The Student Assignment.

Industry events and schemes: The South of England Farming Conference – 18 November and Farming and Estate Days.

Awards and bursaries: Award of Honour, travel bursaries, Nuffield Scholarships and grants to land-based colleges.

 

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