Young winner of PDA award

The Peak District Artisans have chosen Rebecca Perry, a ceramicist from Chesterfield, as the winner of their first Young Emerging Artist Award.

She has won a year’s free membership to the Peak District Artisans, plus a cash prize of £150 and an exhibition at St John Street Gallery in Ashbourne.  

The Artisans describe her as young and talented and say she impressed the selection panel with her stunning work. They also commented on her determination to succeed in the competitive world of the creative industries. 

Rebecca, who graduated a year ago from Stafford University and currently has a studio in Sheffield, says that her work is influenced by the landscape and the natural world. 

She combines industrial methods of production with expressive surface pattern to create unique, functional ceramics. 

Her creations are simple in form, allowing for the bold application of decoration using vivid hues contrasted against a monochrome palette.

The aim of the award is to help and encourage young artists at the start of their careers to learn the tricks of the trade from those who have been making and selling their work locally and nationally for many years. 

It has been made possible thanks to sponsorship from The Trevor Osborne Foundation, St John Street Gallery and the Peak District Artisans. 

Rebecca will be awarded her cash prize by Trevor Osborne at Chatsworth Stables, where she will be showing her work with Peak District Artisans for the first time from January 11-February 28.

Ian Daisley of Peak District Artisans said: “I am delighted that Rebecca has been chosen as our first winner for this award. 

“Her work is beautifully produced and sits perfectly with the high standards set by Peak District Artisans members. 

“I am looking forward to seeing her exhibit at our art and design fairs in 2020, and our visitors will no doubt welcome this talented addition.”