Hannah McAndrew wins National Craft Award

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SPA member Hannah McAndrew, has won the craft&design Maker of the Year 2014 award. Hannah has been runner up on three previous occasions and this year she was awarded the top prize.

The suite of awards which are in their 6th year award prizes amounting to a total value of £25,000. Over one thousand makers are enterred in to the award across six categories: Textiles & Needlecrafts, Glass, Wood & Metal, Jewellery & Precious Metal, Specialist Media and Ceramics.

Finalists are selected by an online public vote over three months. Hannah received the news of her award on 1st May, the first day of Craft and Design Month – the annual campaign that is dedicated to putting British craftsmanship under a national spotlight. She was first told that, following the online public vote, she had been identified as one of six finalists in her category.

Each category has its own specialist judge who then has the difficult job of choosing one Selected Gold Award winner and two Selected Silver Award winners from the six finalists. The Selected Maker of the Year Award goes to the Selected Gold Award winner who has achieved the highest public vote.

Category judge for Ceramics in 2014 was Helen Walsh, Curator of Ceramics, York Museums Trust. Helen says:

‘I was thrilled to be asked to judge the craft&design Selected Awards Ceramics category. At the start of the process I looked through the potters taking part and was heartened by the variety of high quality work being produced in the UK by potters from a wide range of backgrounds. I was also somewhat relieved that I would only have to select from six finalists rather than all of them.

Hannah McAndrew makes the kind of pots that give me warm glow inside, they are pots I can imagine using myself with great enjoyment everyday. Her work retains a very strong connection to the historical slipwares seen in museum collections, strong forms with balanced decoration that make the most of the natural characteristics of clay and glazes. The decoration has a refined sophistication that gives her pots a contemporary edge.’

Commenting on her win, Hannah says: ‘It was a grey and miserable morning and I had a phone call out of the blue to say that I had won. It’s really exciting.’

For further information about the Selected Maker Awards please see the craft&design website

 

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