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Design student Jade presented with scholarship by Prince Charles

Jade Prince Charles Monday 13 July 2015

A Liverpool Hope University design student from Skelmersdale, whose work is currently on display in Hollywood, has been awarded a £2000 scholarship by Prince Charles.

Jade Crompton, who is completing her MA Creative Practice at Liverpool Hope University where she also works as a design assistant, was named a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) Rumi Foundation Scholar, and was invited to St James’s Palace to pick up her award. Jade had to submit a formal application, show a portfolio of her work, and undertake an interview before being selected.

Jade’s inventive technique involves designing moulds using CorelDraw and Solidworks and then printing them on a 3D printer. She then uses the mould for traditional ceramic slip casting techniques. She also casts moulds from laser-cut Perspex and often combines both kinds of mould in her collection which includes lamps, vases, fruit bowls, cups and sculptures. 

Her work has gained her international acclaim, with  Philip Cotton, founder of 3D FileMarket.com writing that her technique is “exceptional in terms of innovation” and that her work is “an example of how in the right hands, 3dprinting is a powerful creative tool for innovation.” Her work has also been picked up by the Hollywood 3D Printing Gallery in LA.

After graduation Jade hopes to go on to study for a PhD and continue her research into 3D printing and ceramics.

Jade will use the scholarship to pay the tuition fees for her course. She will hold her final year exhibition at The Baltic Creative which is at the heart of Liverpool's creative sector.

Jade said: “Meeting Prince Charles was a real honour, he was so friendly and charming. When he presented me with my certificate, he commented on how unusual it was to combine my chosen materials. He congratulated me on my achievements so far and told me to keep it up. At the ceremony he talked about how close to his heart the QEST foundation is, as it was his mother the Queen who began the trust 25 years ago.”

“In my time at Liverpool Hope I have gained so much experience and confidence within myself and what I can achieve. The university really feels like home. It is a beautiful campus with great art and design facilities, and a very personal approach when it comes to guidance and support from the staff.”

The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) funds the education of talented craftspeople through traditional college courses, apprenticeships or one-on-one training with masters. This year marked the 25th year of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust and the 175th year of the Royal Warrant Holders Association.

MA Creative Practice

Department of Fine and Applied Arts 

Jade Crompton - design website 

Photo c/o Paul Burns Photography

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