Students rise to the challenge at Baker’s Dozen

Imagination, creative exploration and outstanding levels of talent were showcased as honoured guests attended the Private View of Truro College’s 13th annual art and design exhibition, Baker’s Dozen, on Lemon Quay on Tuesday evening.

A tall, abstract clay sculpture

Among the guests were tutors, friends, family members, the mayor of Truro and artist renowned Naomi Frears, who joined students from all levels at the College to celebrate months of hard work that has seen them push their boundaries and create stunning pieces of work.

A range of awards, sponsored and judged by iconic names in Cornish art and design including Uneeka, Seasalt, the Tate St Ives and St Justin were presented by St Ives based artist Naomi Frears, who is an inspiration to many of the students having received national recognition for her work. 

local artist and special guest Naomi Frears said a few words on pursuing your ambition as an artist

“People often question if it is possible to make a living from Art. With a little bit of grit and stamina it is possible. Don’t shelve your ambitions, make them happen!” - Naomi Frears

Many of the sponsors offered students prizes with their awards such as financial support for supplies and equipment and opportunities of work experience to help further their creative development.

Ceciel Huddlestone Van Oecelen, winner of the St Justin award for her beautiful jewellery, has been awarded work experience with the jewellery designer. Ceciel’s jewellery journey began when she joined in some Part-time courses at Truro College, which sparked her interest and led to her enrolling on the FdA Silversmithing and Jewellery degree. “You start off just tentatively making things and what the course gives you is the finding of the jeweller and designer you want to be. They truly encourage you to bring that out and to find which direction you want to go in,” said Ceciel. 

Award-winning student Ceciel Huddlestone Van Oecelen with her pewter jewellery

Award-winning student Ceciel Huddlestone Van Oecelen with her pewter jewellery

Fine Art student Lola Delourme from Wadebridge walked away from the exhibition with one of two Tate St Ives awards. The exhibition was the first time she had exhibited her work, an experience that Lola found to be a big confidence boost: “It’s quite exciting having all these people coming and looking at my work. It’s nice to know that people are interested.”

It’s not just the exhibition that has added to Lola’s confidence as an artist. Lola found her time at Truro College to be amazingly inspirational: “I would definitely recommend Truro College to those wanting to do art. Truro College is amazing. They allowed me to explore all different things. It’s really empowered me at Truro College.” Lola will be taking her new-found confidence to Central Saint Martins to study Fine Art next year.

Lola Delourme and her Fine Art exhibit that won a Tate St Ives Award

Lola Delourme and her Fine Art exhibit that won a Tate St Ives Award

The fantastic thing about the Baker’s Dozen is the range of work on display. Lawrence Lloyd, Extended Diploma in Art & Design student from Newquay, was able to follow his passion for furniture design at the College, which led to his work initially being on display at Penlee Gallery. During the display at Penlee, Uneeka showed interest in Lawrence’s table, which led him to develop the design further, resulting in his final project that won the Uneeka award at the Baker’s Dozen exhibition.

“I would definitely recommend Truro College,” began Lawrence. “It’s the place I came to build a bigger friendship group and to move forward in life and it was a great decision. My course is so free you can do anything and you can just push that idea further and further.” Lawrence is heading off to Bath Spa in September to push his ideas further still by studying Product and Furniture Design.

Lawrence Lloyd with his award-winning furniture

Lawrence Lloyd with his award-winning furniture

Programme Team Leader for Art and Design at Truro College, Mark Dunford, was exceptionally pleased with the work from the students and the success of this year’s annual art show, saying: “This show punctuates our year and allows everyone to share the student experience. Tonight we can celebrate the remarkable achievements of our students who have been so wonderfully supported by our art and design team.”

The Baker’s Dozen exhibition is by no means the end of creativity on show with Truro and Penwith College. Art and Design students from Penwith College will be displaying their work in an exhibition called Holus-Bolus, which will be held in a marquee on the Harbour car park in Penzance between Wednesday 20 June and Sunday 24 June. The Baker’s Dozen exhibition is open until Saturday 26 May, daily between 10am and 6pm and until 3pm on Saturday. Head down to the marquee on Lemon Quay to join in the celebration of the incredible talent of the artists and designers of tomorrow.

Award-winning student Ceciel Huddlestone Van Oecelen with her pewter jewellery

Heidi Carclew standing next to her award-winning pewter plant pots
Lawrence Lloyd with his award-winning furniture
local artist and special guest Naomi Frears said a few words on pursuing your ambition as an artist
Lola Delourme and her Fine Art exhibit that won a Tate St Ives Award
A tall, abstract clay sculpture