Design Commission

Alongside The SAY Award’s warm welcome to Paisley for 2016 and 2017, we were delighted to partner with Incube Renfrewshire to find this year’s SAY Design Commission Winner.  Partnering with Invest in Renfrewshire’s new business incubator, we invited submissions from this year’s intake of creative retail businesses to design our ten SAY Awards for 2016.

With no set parameters or restrictions on format, artists and designers were encouraged to think creatively about the connection between art and music or the context of Scottish art and music within their proposals.


The SAY Design Commission 2016: Karen Hanvidge

We’re delighted to announce that this year’s winner is Karen Hanvidge, a ceramicist and former Glasgow School of Art graduate.  Karen wins £1,000 and a materials budget to produce this year’s SAY Awards: a series of ceramic bells.

FullSizeRenderKaren Hanvidge Ceramics creates colourful and abstract ceramics which are both decorative and functional. Each piece is handcrafted with individual shapes making every design unique. Karen, a former Glasgow School of Art graduate, draws inspiration from shape, pattern and colour, with attention to local history and nature. The renowned Paisley pattern has featured in her most recent pieces, reflecting the rich heritage and culture Paisley has to offer.

“The SAY Award commission is a fantastic thing to be involved in – I’m a big music fan so this is a great honour.  I thought a ceramic bell was fitting as bells were traditionally used to bring people together, and music does that too.  InCube has been very helpful – I just love being a part of a little community of artists It has given me a foot in the door to start getting my work out there.

I had been painting all my life but wanted to work with clay so did night school and then a part-time degree in ceramics.  I have now set up a studio in my garage at home, having worked in a shed at bottom of my garden for eight years before that – I think I spent half my life in that shed.”