Furniture exhibition showcases students’ craftsmanship

Cardigan’s Corn Exchange gallery at the Guildhall was once again last week the venue for an exhibition of Wales’ sole furniture course. The show entitled ‘Dwylo Dawnus’ (Gifted Hands) exhibited the work of various examples of handcrafted furniture pieces using both traditional and contemporary techniques. The opening held on Monday 12th of June included an award ceremony in the company of Coleg Ceredigion’s new Principal, Barry Liles with students awarded for their commitment to their chosen courses.

Joint winners of the Level 3 ‘Craftsperson of the Year’ award were Jamie Cruickshank and Jack Young, with Fay Hollick and Inga Morrus winning the Fiddes Shield.

For the Level 2 Furniture course Cath Sherell was awarded the ‘Restoration Shield’, Lyra Bright won ‘Young Craftsperson of the Year’ while Zac Allison and Conner Jones were jointly awarded the ‘Gerallt Davies Shield’.

“This exhibition is the highlight of the academic year and an accumulation of the students’ hard work and craftsmanship,” explained Richard Perry-Evans, Furniture Design, Making and Restoration lecturer at Coleg Ceredigion. “The furniture course attracts people of all ages every year, and it’s great to see how students develop their skills and apply those skills in producing their own work.”

Principal Barry Liles noted: “All the students exhibiting their work have shown tremendous skills. Thanks in particular must go to the staff who have supported the students throughout the year. Thank you also to the students’ family and friends – people are successful because they are supported by their own family and friends. Not only is the college an important part of the local community but these courses are smaller communities themselves which include a wide range of individuals of different ages and abilities. We wish all the students well for the future.”