Sculptor's bowl wins top honour at craft guild's Christmas exhibition

Witney Gazette: Graham Lester's creation Graham Lester's creation

A BOWL made of recycled materials is on display in Woodstock after winning a top honour at the Oxfordshire Craft Guild Christmas Exhibition.

The Fletcher prize, for excellence and innovation in craftsmanship, was given to Oxford-based sculptor Graham Lester.

His bowl, is an unusual creation turned from old magazines, coloured paper and plywood.

The piece was selected by a panel consisting of Helen Hardy, who sponsored the prize in memory of her parents Alison and Anthony Smith, Crafts Council chairwoman Joanna Foster and Oxfordshire Museum curator Carol Anderson.

Joanna Foster said: “Graham’s stunningly beautiful and technically challenging bowl, made from a creative combination of wood, recycled paper and plastic creates a piece of striking beauty and excited the interest of the judges.”

Carol Anderson thanked Helen for her continuing support of Oxfordshire craftsmanship.

She said: “I am delighted that we are able to collect such an unusual piece to join a collection which displays the creativity of local craftsmen over the past four thousand years and more.”

The piece is on display as part of the exhibition at the Park Street museum until January 5.

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