'I always enjoy anything to do with art'
FOURTEEN-year-old Danny Martin loves making things.
So when he had the chance to go to after-school ceramics classes, he jumped at the chance.
"I have always enjoyed anything to do with art," said Danny, of Bestwood Park.
"It's my favourite subject at school. It's a subject where you can make things, which is what I really like doing."
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The classes involved students making a range of items including vases for Mothering Sunday, sold for charity to staff and other students at Big Wood School, in Top Valley.
The group had to come up with the designs for their vases.
Danny impressed in his classes so much that he has been nominated in the skills category for the Nottingham Post Student Awards.
He said: "I went to the classes in all of the last school year.
"It allowed me to work on different items from the design stage to actually creating them.
"We start by drawing the design, then we can start working on the mould before putting it into the kiln. Then we can glaze it.
"I was really pleased with how things turned out, like the vase for the flowers. We got some really good help from the teachers. The classes haven't continued into this year but I am keen to do some more art work in the future."
Danny said: "I was surprised to hear I had been nominated. But I was pleased as well. It's nice to have your work recognised in an event like this."