by JULIE ANN SPENCE
girl Claire McAlister was in sparkling form recently when she
was placed in the top ten of the People's Prize category of the
International final of the 2008 Bombay Sapphire Designer Glass
Competition, which took place recently in London.
Claire's glass, 'In Suspense', was judged by
an international panel of design experts at a gala ceremony at
the Village Underground.
The talented young local designer competed on
the global stage against 26 contestants from other countries in
front of an audience of some of the international design
community's most influential figures.
Claire, who is a graduate of the National
College of Art and Design, was announced as the Irish winner of
the competition in May, beating of stiff competition from a
short-list of six entries after much deliberation from the panel
"I'm both proud and delighted to have
represented my country at such a prestigious competition," said
Claire. "It was an honour to see my glass displayed as part of
the London Design Festival. The other glasses were incredible,
and it's great to see the competition providing a platform for
emerging designers to make their mark."
Now in its sixth year, the competition's
popularity with emerging designers continues to grow with more
and more countries from around the world taking part. This year,
26 countries will be represented, including: Canada, China,
Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan,
Malaysia, the UK and USA.
The martini cocktail glasses designed by the
finalists will be showcased in Milan as part of an exhibition
featuring the work of some of the world's most respected
designers who have been inspired by Bombay Sapphire.