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Glasgow Clyde College student strikes gold at Craftex

Image shows Craftex Gold Medal Winner Wiktoria Budyta

Glasgow Clyde College (GCC) student, Wiktoria Budyta has won the gold medal award at this year’s Craftex exhibition. 

Craftex, organised by Trades House of Glasgow,  is an annual exhibition and competition which showcases the quality and skills of students at Glasgow colleges, giving them the opportunity to  gain industry recognition, make industry contacts and explore employment opportunities. 

With over 50 categories available, 350 students from Glasgow’s colleges exhibited their work in areas ranging from Graphics to Nail Art. 

This year’s exhibition, saw a student from Glasgow Clyde College’s stringed instrument course take one of the the top awards, fighting off stiff competition from across the city. 

Wiktoria Budyta, who has been studying at Glasgow Clyde College since 2020, blew judges away with her parlor guitar design. With this being Wiktoria’s first ever guitar design, she drew inspiration from the works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Art Nouveau and Art Deco architectural elements she sees on her daily commute. 

The seven judges agreed that the design and assembly applied by Wiktoria showcased outstanding excellence at every stage in the creation of the parlor guitar. 

Robert Anderson, Assistant Principal at Glasgow Clyde College said: “Craftex is a significant event for Glasgow Clyde College as it serves as a showcase for the diverse talents and skills of our students. 

“This not only highlights the quality of education and training provided by the college but also our commitment to nurturing talent across various disciplines. We’re hugely proud of Wiktoria winning the gold medal at this year’s exhibition and it’s testament to the commitment and talent she’s demonstrated throughout her time at GCC.” 

Wiktoria said: “Winning the gold medal is incredibly rewarding and feels like a culmination of a very long journey. 

“I'm glad my work has been recognised and I’m grateful for my tutors and my fellow students for creating an amazing environment in which I could study, hone my skills and push me out my comfort zone”