It was a wild, noisy and cheerful opening for the Filippo Raphael Fresh Award. The exhibition featured work by The lucky recipient of the award was Polly vanderGlas (Metal, Northern Metropolitan Institute of Tafe) for her wonderful series of finger containers produced with real and cast leather. She is the recipient of a very generous $5,000 award from Filippo Raphael. Exhibitors this year are: Pennie Imeson (RMIT, Prapass Chairat (RMIT), Michael Thornton (RMIT), Lucy Blackmore (RMIT), Ngoc Phan (Box Hill), Polly van der Glas (NMIT), John Hall (NMIT), Sixto Ata Tantiongco (Swinburne), Stella Tripp (VCA), Alex Gibson (VCA), Jane Owen (Box Hill), Justin Nanda (RMIT), Gemma Johnson (Monash), Kacey Smits (Monash), Vanessa David (Monash), Emilie Coutanceau (Monash), Bridget bodenham (Ballarat).
The winner of both the Husk Product Development award and the John Sones Photography award is Emilie Coutanceau (Monash, ceramics) for her groupings of amazingly cast objects in white porcelain.
Appropriately, the judge of this year's award was Peter McNeil, co-author of Shoes: A History from Sandals to Sneakers. Peter expressed great delight in many of the works, and generously offered a commendation to the RMIT Ceramicist Justin Nanda.
The Craft Victoria Award for a Window Display in 2007 went to Vanessa David for her bedroom sprouting glass mushrooms, titled We Shall by Morning Inherit the Earth