12th March 2002




A creative student from the Lincoln School of Art and Design is celebrating a double design success.


Contemporary Decorative Crafts student Ema Mckay, who is originally from Limavady in Northern Ireland, is proving a natural in her field having designed a winning porcelain sculpture which will be displayed in France next month.


The sculpture was commissioned by the Ludford-Voué Town Twinning Association to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the towns’ twinning and will be displayed in Voué’s Town Hall.


“The Twinning Association contacted the Lincoln School of Art and Design to request a commemorative design,” said John Buckley, senior lecturer in Contemporary Decorative Crafts.  “The project was given to 13 third-year students who all produced a piece as part of their private commissioned module.


“The competition gave the students a touch of the real world,” Mr Buckley added.  “Working with a body outside of the university meant they faced constructive criticism and had to compromise their design works to correspond with the twinning association’s requests.”


Ema Mckay’s piece, which is based around the number 10 and concentrates on the rural aspects of Ludford near Market Rasen, was selected.  “I am really thrilled to have my design chosen,” commented Ema.  “It’s a real confidence boost.”


Ema’s porcelain sculpture will be presented to French members of the Town Twinning Association during their celebrations in May. 


This piece however is not the only work talented Ema has on show.  A piece of work signifying the ‘Uplifting Spirit of Youth’ is displayed in the Revolution Bar in Lincoln.


“I am proud of both designs,” said Ema.  “Once I graduate from the University of Lincoln I would like to continue creating designs and it is important to have my work displayed and hopefully recognised by people within the craft industry.  Having my designs in Voué Town Hall and Revolution is an excellent start to my career.”


Ema Mckay is spelt correctly

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University of Lincoln  Tel: 01522 886042  Email: agodley@lincoln.ac.uk