Talented young craftspeople recognised at trade awards

October 26, 2023

Aberdeen’s Wrights and Coopers Incorporation, in partnership with North East Scotland College (NESCol), recognised and presented awards to groups of the city’s most skilled student craftspeople at a ceremony held at Trinity Hall, the home of the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen.

The annual awards recognised and celebrate the achievements of this year’s students who have displayed exceptional skill and craftsmanship during their studies and early careers.

The Wrights and Coopers Advanced Craft Award was presented to Jamie Ross for successfully crafting a high-quality arched top door. Since completing his studies, Jamie has been employed by the Chap Group.

The William Daniel Award, which requires students to design, draw and craft a piece of furniture of their choosing within a set timescale, was presented to Amber Kordakis for her solitaire board in olive wood and accompanying inlayed box in purplewood. Amber is employed by Barratt North Scotland.

Finally, the Gordon Archibald Award, which is presented to HNC students, was awarded to Claire Perfect of the Chap Group. Claire was tasked with designing and planning a house extension, taking into account a fictional client brief and guidelines.

George McLeod, Deacon of the Wrights and Coopers Incorporation, said: “I’d like to pass on my sincere congratulations to all the winners and pass along a special mention to all participating candidates for their efforts and contribution which made the awards a great success. As one of the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen, we are committed to maintaining the standards and participation of our craft within the city and through these awards we hope to inspire the next generation of craftspeople.

“I’d also like to thank our friends at NESCol for facilitating the ceremony and all the employers and family members for attending.”

The Wrights and Coopers are one of the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen. The Seven Incorporated Trades exist to deliver historically grounded commitments to skills, people development and education whilst raising and disbursing funds for the advancement of young people living in the Aberdeen community. The Seven Incorporated Trades maintain and provide access to the historical artefacts of the trade crafts of Aberdeen.