The Agnes Varis Art Center gallery and store will be closed on Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 for our regularly scheduled inventory count. 

Thursday August 8, 2019 | by Gabriela Iacovano

AWARD: Ireland's Katie Spiers takes first place in the annual Contemporary Glass Society's recent graduate prize

The U.K.'s Contemporary Glass Society (CGS) has announced the winners of its annual Glass Prize, awarded by a jury each year to the top British and Irish students who have graduated from an accredited course in the previous year. Nearly 50 graduates from 16 colleges entered for the chance to win a £250 ($300 USD) first-place cash prize, which is supplemented by books, magazines, and vouchers from various sponsors. Winners also have their work published in CGS’ New Graduate Review 2019, a 16-page publication circulated to all CGS Members & Associates. Katie Spiers of Dublin took top honors for her work The Fading Call of the Curlew, a pair of delicately rendered glass birds. Bethan Yates of Swansea and Calum Dawes of Sunderland took second and third places, respectively, with Under the Microscope and Pull. 

The three winners, along with twelve commended students and five highly commended students, will be featured in New Graduate Review 2019. The honorees were selected by glass artist Bruce Marks, glass collector and CGS Trustee Michael Barnes, glass artist and CGS Trustee Sarah L. Brown, and glass collector and CGS Trustee Alan J Poole. Prizes and financial support for the New Graduate Review have been provided by sponsors Professor Michael Barnes MD FRCP, The Worshipful Company Of Glass Sellers Of London Charity Fund, Creative Glass UK, Pearsons Glass, Neues Glas - New Glass: Art & Architecture, Alan J. Poole & CRAFTS. 

See the full list of winners and commended graduates below: 

1st Prize - Katie Spiers, Dublin.
2nd Prize - Bethan Yates, Swansea.
3rd Prize - Calum Dawes, Sunderland.
Highly Commended - Catherine Evans, Leicester.
Highly Commended - Ji Huang, London.
Highly Commended - Róisín Moore, Dublin.
Highly Commended - Georgina White, Leicester.
Highly Commended - Colin Wilkes, Plymouth.
Commended - Gregory Alliss, Edinburgh.
Commended - Naomi Bishop, Leicester.
Commended - Estelle Burton, Hastings.
Commended - Yinan Chu, Edinburgh.
Commended - Beth Gates, Farnham.
Commended - Eilina Jones, Manchester.
Commended - Lauren Puckett, Edinburgh.
Commended - Laura Quinn, Plymouth.
Commended - Marta Rippetoe, Farnham.
Commended - Grace Sharp, Manchester.
Commended - Yuxun Ye, London.
Commended - Jinya Zhao, London.

GLASS: The UrbanGlass Quarterly, a glossy art magazine published four times a year by UrbanGlass has provided a critical context to the most important artwork being done in the medium of glass for 35 years.