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National ceramics honour for Cardiff Met graduate



A Cardiff Met graduate has won the British Ceramics Biennial 2015 AWARD.

Sam Bakewell, who graduated from the Cardiff School of Art & Design's (CSAD) BA Ceramics course in 2005, has scooped £5,000 and a commission for the 2017 British Ceramics Biennial.

His winning installation, 'Imagination Dead Imagine', is a purpose-built clay structure housing twelve-years of object making.

Sam's work was chosen from a shortlist of twelve artists, including CSAD's Subject Leader for Ceramics and Maker, Ingrid Murphy and lecturer on the Artist / Designer: Maker programme, Jon Pigott.

Chair of the selection panel and Senior Curator of Ceramics and Glass at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Alun Graves said:

"Selecting a winner was no easy matter, but a huge enthusiasm for Sam Bakewell's presentation was shared by all members of the panel, and we are delighted to name him the winner of British Ceramics Biennial AWARD 2015.

"We felt that Sam delivered on every front, exhibiting work that is exceptional and engaging, and underpinned by a rich vein of conceptual thought. His pseudo-shaman's hut is an ambitious and impressive structure, and one that creates an extraordinary and other-worldly space in which to encounter the highly detailed objects it contains.

"Overall, it is a truly remarkable and memorable installation, and an eloquent act of self-curation.'

In response to winning AWARD 2015, Sam said,

"I'm really shocked and happy to have won. The project was a personal one, so means a lot that it seems to have translated to others as well. I've loved showing alongside good friends in the one off context of Spode, and am very humbled by all the help and kind words I've received."

Dean of CSAD, Professor Olwen Moseley added:

"We are delighted that Sam has been honoured at a national level and, on behalf of everyone in the School, I would like to congratulate him on this enormous achievement.  In addition, I would also like to acknowledge Ingrid and Jon for being shortlisted at such a prestigious event.

"Cardiff School of Art and Design has a global reputation and this news is a fitting reflection of how we fuse creativity and technology in our everyday teaching."

The British Ceramics Biennial is a prestigious cultural event taking place in Stoke-on-Trent until 8 November 2015.

The six-week long festival presents work from the UK's leading contemporary ceramic artists in a series of new exhibitions and special events in the city, embracing the heritage of Stoke-on-Trent as the home of British ceramics, and celebrating the city's creative edge as an international centre for excellence in contemporary ceramics.