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Summer of success for Rycotewood students

Students from the Rycotewood Furniture Centre are celebrating a successful summer of award wins and placements.

Avian Evans-White (pictured below), who has just completed the Foundation Degree in Furniture Design and Make at Rycotewood, part of City of Oxford College, was a winner in both the design and craft categories at the New Forest Show. Other Rycotewood students secured runner-up positions.

The New Forest Show has featured an exhibition of furniture made by designers and craftspeople since 2006. The aim is to show how beautiful wood can be made into beautiful things, with entries invited from professionals, non-professionals and those learning the trade.

Avian, and BA (Hons) student Rosie Salt, were also selected to join the prestigious Linley Summer School. The school chooses eight students from the best furniture colleges around the country to learn a range of cabinet making and marquetry skills from master craftsmen.

 Work by Avian Evans-White

Work by Rosie Salt

Avian said: “Woodwork has been in my family for generations; my father, uncle and their father are all woodworkers of various types. Having watched and learned from them from a young age, I have come to greatly appreciate and value the craft. I enjoy designing new pieces, but my true sense of satisfaction is fulfilled when I’m able to realise these with my hands in the workshop, creating things that have true purpose.”

Meanwhile, two of the four shortlisted students in this year’s Wood Awards Student Furniture Competition also came from Rycotewood. Jan Waterston, who graduated with a BA (Hons) in Furniture Design and Making this summer, and Terry Davies, who is progressing from foundation degree to the BA (Hons) programme this year, were among the finalists.