A Golden Jubilee competition, organised in collaboration with Wedgwood, has attracted entries from nine West Midlands (WM) societies and involves children aged 8-10 (Years 3-5) designing a plate based on ‘My Birthday Tea Party’. The winning plate will be enlarged and made in the Wedgwood factory; the runners up will also have their plates made.
Many congratulations go to Glenys King, The Arts Society Wolverhampton Chairman, who approached eighteen schools and enthused them about the competition. Winners were chosen from each school and the Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Phil Page, gave a presentation in Bilston School to the overall winner and runners-up. Also present were WM Area Chairman, Carolyn Trevor-Jones, and Young Arts Co-ordinator, Edwina McConville, who were very impressed with the children, the school and the entries. Wolverhampton has given the local winner’s school the prize of a year’s group subscription to the National Trust. The winner, Nikodem Urbanczyk from Poland, who could not speak English until two years ago, read out an account of his feelings on winning:
“I would like to thank you for the prizes and for choosing my design as the winning one. When I was thinking about my design, I looked at other designs that have been used on plates that you can buy now. The theme for my design was birthday tea party and this made me think of a cupcake, which I used as my main design in the middle. I then decorated the outside with cherries and balloons and to finish my design and make it interesting I wrote some Roman Numerals. When Mr Gentle came to tell me I had won the competition, I felt excited, shocked and happy.”
The designs submitted by the WM Area schools will be judged by the Wedgwood Design Team and the presentations will be made during the morning of 22 September at Wedgwood.
Pictures show Nikodem Urbanczyk (L) and .............. with the runners-up and the Mayor of Wolverhampton and Glenys King