Craftex Winners Unite to Celebrate 21 Years

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Two award-winning students from 1995, silversmith Marion Kane and decorative glass artist Phil Melville, reunited today (Tue 3 May) to help celebrate the 21 st anniversary of Craftex, the annual Trades House of Glasgow exhibition and awards, which helped inspire them onto their successful career paths.

Craftex, which shines the spotlight on the very best traditional and modern crafts, design and technology skills honed in the city's colleges, takes place from Thursday 2 to Saturday 4 June in the Trades Hall of Glasgow, home to the Trades House and its 14 Incorporated Crafts.  

Marion and Phil joined representatives from the Trades House and Craftex's main sponsors for 2016, Quilter Cheviot Investment Management Services, to celebrate the build up to the free exhibition and awards next month.

Marion (41) took the inaugural Craftex gold medal top honours in 1995 for her silver necklace with a droplet containing perfume, which she crafted as an HND Jewellery & Silversmithing student at Cardonald College. Today she works from her Studio 24 in West Kilbride and has had commissions for HRH The Princess Royal and, from the Incorporation of Goldsmiths in Edinburgh, a piece for its collection of silverware in collaboration with a number of Scottish stars including Ewan McGregor.

Phil (52) won the ornamental glazing category with his stained glass piece while a student at Glasgow College of Building and Printing. The following year, Phil went on to win the gold medal and set up his own successful Glasgow-based business, PM Stained Glass, dealing with all aspects of the decorative glass business.

"As craft people of distinction and our first two gold medal winners, Marion and Phil are the perfect candidates to help us begin our celebrations for the 21st anniversary of Craftex," said Ruth Maltman, Deacon Convener of the Trades of Glasgow.

"By establishing Craftex in 1995, the Trades House has helped highlight the high calibre of work emanating from our Glasgow colleges, demonstrating that many of our traditional crafts continue to flourish alongside new technology.  We thank our main sponsor for 2016, Quilter Cheviot, and all our partner sponsors, for helping us showcase the talent prevalent across a wide range of craft disciplines.

"With Craftex such a unique and effective platform for students either seeking employment or launching their own business, it is great to see the success that Marion and Phil have gone on to enjoy. We look forward with great anticipation to this special anniversary year." 

Commenting on its sponsorship, Alan Cameron, executive director of Quilter Cheviot said: "We are proud to support Craftex in this, their 21st anniversary year, identify and showcase emerging talent at what promises to be a memorable event."

Contributing to Craftex 2016 are the City of Glasgow College, Glasgow Kelvin College and Glasgow Clyde College. As well as the main partner, Quilter Cheviot, this year's event is sponsored by Glasgow City Council, Melville Exhibition Services, the Merchants House of Glasgow and 14 Incorporated Trades of Glasgow that unite to form the Trades House.

The Craftex Exhibition is open to the public on Thursday 2 June from 10am to 7.30pm and on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 June from 10am to 4.30pm. All category-winning students will receive their awards at a prize giving celebration in the Trades Hall on the Friday evening.