2012 RDS National Crafts Competition Prize-Winners Announced

28 August 2012

2012 RDS National Crafts Competition Prize-Winners Announced

Image details (L-R): Fonsie Mealy; President of the RDS, Karen Hennessy; CEO, Crafts Council of Ireland, Joseph Lynch; Chairman, Crafts Working Group with Cara Murphy; winner of the RDS National Crafts Competition Award of Excellence and California Gold Medal 2012

The RDS National Crafts Competition boasts a prize fund in excess of €28,000 over 20 different categories and is one of Europe’s leading independently adjudicated craft competitions.

The competition aims to promote the practice of craft in Ireland and to encourage the highest standards of design and technique in both traditional and contemporary craft disciplines.

2012 Major Awards

RDS Award of Excellence & California Gold Medal
Disperse, Cara Murphy

RDS Award of Excellence Reserve
Berney Grand Prix Olympic, James Berney Jr

RDS New Entrants' Prize
Romancing the Lace Collection: Peacock Walk, Camelia Shanahan

RDS Graduate Prize
In-valuable, Helen O'Malley

RDS William Smith O'Brien Perpetual Challenge Cup
Leo, Mary Palmer

2012 Category Prizes

BASKETRY
1st Prize Gerardine Wisdom
2nd Prize Kathleen McCormick

CALLIGRAPHY & LETTERING
1st Prize Gareth Colgan
2nd Prize NOT AWARDED

CERAMICS
1st Prize Ewelina Wojtowicz
2nd Prize Kate O'Kelly

EMBROIDERY
1st Prize Ann Turpin
2nd Prize Tara Ní Nualláin

FELTING
1st Prize Sheila Jordan
2nd Prize Suzie Sullivan

FURNITURE
1st Prize NOT AWARDED
2nd Prize Stephen O'Briain

GLASS
1st Prize Catherine Keenan
2nd Prize Alison Lowry

GOLD, SILVER & ALTERNATIVE MATERIALS
1st Prize Cara Murphy
2nd Prize Yvonne Ross

IRONWORK & METALWORK
1st Prize Pawel Guba
2nd Prize Michael Calnan

JEWELLERY
1st Prize Arturo Borrego
2nd Prize Anna Walsh

KNITTING & CROCHET
1st Prize Camelia Shanahan
2nd Prize Fiona Nugent

LACE
1st Prize Martha Hughes
2nd Prize Mary Shields

LEATHERWORK
1st Prize James Berney Jr
2nd Prize NOT AWARDED

MULTIMEDIA TEXTILES
1st Prize Michelle Stephens
2nd Prize NOT AWARDED

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
1st Prize John Butler
2nd Prize Niall O'Neill

PATCHWORK & QUILTING
1st Prize Mary Palmer
2nd Prize Joke Buursma

PRINTED TEXTILES
1st Prize Nigel Cheney
2nd Prize NOT AWARDED

WEAVING
1st Prize Claire Rooney
2nd Prize Áine Byrne

WOOD & STONECARVING
1st Prize Christine Byrne
2nd NOT AWARDED

WOODTURNING
1st Prize Robert O’Connor
2nd Prize Brendan Hogg

2012 Special Sponsored Prizes

CERAMICS IRELAND AWARD
Emma Moore

COMPANY OF GOLDSMITHS OF DUBLIN AWARD 
Yvonne Ross

COUNTRY MARKETS LTD MEDAL
Padraig Larkin

CRAFTS COUNCIL OF IRELAND PURCHASE AWARD
2012 saw the continued partnership agreement with the RDS National Craft Competition. In addition to the agreed sponsorship fund, a purchase prize of €5,000 was allocated towards recognising excellent in Irish craft. The craft disciplines selected included blacksmithing, silversmithing, woodturing and súgan.
The  2012 selected winners are:
Michael Calnan  - Blacksmithing: €1,200 (Sculptural Bull)
Seamus Gill - Silversmithing: €2,200 (Vase with removable stem)
Roger Bennett  - Woodturning: €1,200 (Bowl with inlay) 
Pádraig Larkin - Súgan (rope):  €400  (Moses basket)


Sculptural Bull by Michael Calnan, Blacksmith

ELEANOR DE LA BRANCHARDIÈRE AWARD
Martha Hughes

GUILD OF IRISH LACEMAKERS AWARD
Mary Shields

IACI MURIEL GAHAN SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
Lauren Scott, Nominee
Adele Stanley, Nominee
Anna Walsh, Nominee

IRISH WOODTURNERS GUILD AWARD
Seamus Cassidy

LILLIAS MITCHELL AWARD
Claire Rooney

MÁIRÍN O'BRIEN FLEGG MEMORIAL AWARD
Traditional - Niamh McCarthy
Contemporary - Avril Halliday

NATIONAL CRAFTS & DESIGN FAIR OF IRELAND AWARD
Catherine Keenan

TRADITIONAL LACEMAKERS OF IRELAND PERPETUAL TROPHY
Mary O'Neill

IRISH PATCHWORK SOCIETY AWARD
Mary Palmer

TED KELLY MEMORIAL AWARD
1st Prize Gerardine Wisdom
2nd Prize Kathleen McCormick

SHACKLETONTHOMAS FURNITURE INTERNSHIP AWARD
Fergal Spain

RÓISÍN GARTLAND DESIGN STUDIO LEATHERWORK RESIDENCY
James Adair
Ausrine Urbonaite

A photogallery of all the 2012 Award winners is available here.


Presentation of a Robert O’Connor piece to 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist Cian O’Connor

For further information and for details of the annual RDS National Crafts Competition Prize Winners Travelling Exhibition see: www.rds.ie/crafts

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