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Staffordshire artist wins prize in national UK competition

Staffordshire artist Carolyn Trafford has been commended for her work for a second time after winning a prize in a national UK competition

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Carolyn with one her highly commended pieces – Peeling Paint at Avoca Spodeworks. Photo credit: www.brettrafford.co

Staffordshire artist Carolyn Trafford has won a prize in a national UK competition and been highly commended for her work. 

It’s the second time the Leek-based artist has entered the competition and both times her work has been commended by judges. 

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The annual competition is run by Stockport based art and design company Wraptious which supports emerging artists, show-casing their work across a range of products and selling through UK shops and online.

One of her entries – a mixed media work from her Urban Decay series – highlights the current state of some of the potteries heritage locally in Stoke on Trent and focussing on the natural cycle of time in the ceramics industry where new life is being breathed into some of our old local industrial heritage such as Spodeworks.

Carolyn was one of just 32 artists to have been highly commended out of around 2000 entrants in the competition during November.

“Of course I’m disappointed not to win the first prize,” she said, “but I’m thrilled to have been highly commended, taking home a prize and also overwhelmed by the amazing support I’ve had from friends, family and of course from the people of Leek.

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“This has only encouraged me to get my art seen by more people – the feedback I’ve had has been very encouraging”.

Carolyn, currently in her final year of a foundation degree with Derby University works in mixed media including photography, textiles and silver and is seeking opportunities to show case her work.

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