Well today I am thrilled to report that after being made a finalist in the Craft&Design Selected Awards thanks to all your voting, I have been awarded the Gold Award for Ceramics for 2014 by Helen Walsh, Curator of Ceramics at York Museums Trust.
From the website: ‘As the Gold Award Winner with the highest number of votes overall in the online public vote, Hannah is also our
craft&design Selected Maker of the Year 2014
Judge’s statement: Hannah McAndrew makes the kind of pots that give me warm glow inside, they are pots I can imagine using myself with great enjoyment everyday. Her work retains a very strong connection to the historical slipwares seen in museum collections, strong forms with balanced decoration that make the most of the natural characteristics of clay and glazes. The decoration has a refined sophistication that gives her pots a contemporary edge. I especially like the pieces that combine very loose, gestural brushwork with precise trailed and incised detailing. Hannah’s website and blog offer an enlightening and valuable insight into her sources of inspiration. Her skill as a potter goes from strength to strength and I hope that the pleasure and joy she clearly finds in making her work continues. I look forward to seeing where her interests in ceramics take her and her work in the future.’
So, I am thrilled and very pleased and still rather surprised. What a great phone call to receive of a Thursday morning. Thank you to all who voted and to Craft&Design Magazine.
You can read about all the winners and the finalists here.