A-level student’s work nominated for National Art Prize

One of our fantastic students has been nominated for a top Art Prize for her environmentally-inspired ideas during her pottery enrichment classes.

Naomi Saunders studies Maths, Ancient History and Physics, but enjoys the pottery enrichment class in her spare time as a way to unwind and have fun. During the winter term, students were encouraged by class leader Brian Anderson to enter the Education Art Prize, a national competition. This year, the competition is judged by Keith Brymer Jones, one of the UK’s most recognisable ceramic designers and past judge on the Great Pottery Throw Down.

Naomi submitted an idea titled ‘The Zero Waste Cup’, a design that mimicked a typical single-use cup that you might buy a coffee in before throwing it away. She had to design the idea and also put together a process of how she would actually make it. “I submitted the idea just before Christmas, as part of the pottery enrichment course. Brian asked if anyone was interested and I decided to put my idea forward. The idea is in keeping with the current idea of less waste, and not throwing away disposable cups every day. I thought it would be cool to do something to do with environmental issues because it’s very relevant at the moment.”

Naomi was one of ten students across the country chosen by Keith as finalists. The 10 finalists and their teachers will soon take part in a Workshop Day with Kieth, where they will get the chance to try out different activities and learn from the best! The overall winner of the prize will be announced afterwards by Keith.

Naomi said: “I wasn’t expecting to be chosen and I’m really looking forward to the workshop, it should be really fun.”

We wish Naomi all the best in the competition.

All students are encouraged to take part in some form of enrichment during their spare time at the college, and we have over seventy activities, classes and teams available, from dog walking to the debating society. To find out more about our enrichment opportunities, come along to our Open Evening on Thursday 6th February, 5-8pm.