The awards, which aim to support the advancement of craftwork, were hosted in the ECA Fire Station.

Two Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) graduates have picked up an Inches Carr Graduate Craft Award at a ceremony which took place in the newly acquired ECA Fire Station building. The 2018 event was the third installment of the Inches Carr Graduate Craft Awards, which aim to support the advancement of craftwork undertaken in or associated with Scotland. The winners, who are all recent graduates of Scottish art colleges and institutions, each receive £2500.

This year’s winners were Robin Crawford (Glass, Edinburgh College of Art), Florence Dwyer (Sculpture, Glasgow School of Art), Halina North (Fashion, Edinburgh College of Art), and Jane Walker (Printmaking, Glasgow School of Art). Jonathan Pang, a furniture maker based in Edinburgh, won the Inches Carr Bursary.

Robin Crawford - who graduated in 2015 - has won the 2015 Contemporary Glass Society New Designers Associates Prize and was selected to compete in the 2015 Stanislav Libensky Awards in Prague and the 2016 Evolve Awards in Portland, Oregon.

Halina North - who graduated in 2017 - won both the Christopher Bailey Gold Award and the Hilary Alexander Trailblazer Award at Graduate Fashion Week 2017, was shortlisted for the 2018 H&M Design Award, and recently visited Dubai with the Graduate Fashion Week graduates for the Fashion Forward Dubai event.

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"As well as being an award ceremony, shortlisted graduates are encouraged to act as the host of their respective tables, with artists, craftworkers and businesses from around Scotland being invited to the showcase of up-and-coming creative talent."

The other graduates who were shortlisted for the awards were Mhairi Abbas (Textiles, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design), Abi Bruce (Textiles, Edinburgh College of Art), Megan Falconer (Silversmithing, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design), Mariam Syed (Textiles, Glasgow School of Art), and Natalie Wood (Ceramics, Gray’s School of Art).

This year's award was created by Lauren Puckett, a Glass student at Edinburgh College of Art.

As well as being an award ceremony, shortlisted graduates are encouraged to act as the host of their respective tables, with artists, craftworkers and businesses from around Scotland being invited to the showcase of up-and-coming creative talent.

The ECA winners join five other recent graduates who have received the award: Juli Bolanos-Durman (Glass - MFA, 2013), Agne Visniauskaite (Jewellery & Silversmithing – BA [Hons], 2014), Karolina Baines (Jewellery & Silversmithing – BA [Hons], 2014), Lucy Simpson (Textiles – BA [Hons] and MA, 2013 and 2014), and Harry Morgan (Glass – BA [Hons], 2014).

Robin Crawford with his Inches Carr Award
Image: Gareth Easton
Robin Crawford with his Inches Carr Award
Lauren Puckett, Glass student at ECA, with the awards she created
Image: Gareth Easton
Lauren Puckett, Glass student at ECA, with the awards she created

The judges for this year’s awards were Sheila Murray (a jeweller and curator who is on the Board of Creative Scotland), Sarah Rothwell (Assistant Curator of Contemporary Design at National Museum of Scotland), and Katy West (a curator and teacher of ceramics and sculpture).

The Graduate Craft Awards are part of a range of bursaries and awards offered by the Inches Carr Trust, which was formed in 1995 to commemorate Deirdre Inches and Malcolm Carr.