Every Spring, Year 7 Lauren sweeps the honours board in the arts categories at the Devoran Flower Show and now the 11-year-old is taking the first steps towards being a professional artist by selling a number of limited edition original works. Inspired by Cornwall’s spectacular coastline, Lauren’s artwork comes in a range of sizes and the young artist is happy to take on private commissions too.
When she’s not fencing for Team GB, Year 9 Melissa can often be found exploring her creative talents in the school’s art studios. This March, she was named as a finalist in the St Ives School of Painting’s hunt for Cornwall’s most prodigious young talent and she’s now turning her passion for art into a business venture by selling abstract acrylic ‘pour’ prints to the public.
Her classmate Rachel is also a keen creative and will be selling her handcrafted sea glass pendants at the market this December. An entrepreneur with many strings to her bow, Rachel was this autumn one of only 25 players selected to train with the Cornwall under 14 academy hockey centre.
Year 7 best friends Plum and Daisy will be selling their award-winning artisan brownies to the school’s Christmas shoppers. The girls started their cake-making business as part of the school’s Fiver Challenge and in the summer the pair beat off 38,000 budding young entrepreneurs to be named as the most profitable company in a national enterprise competition.
Their gooey goods have proven a big hit since the girls founded ‘Plum Cakes & Daisy Bakes’ which donates a percentage of its profits to the Children’s Hospice South West.
Winners of the Cornwall Young Enterprise financial management award, Simply Stitched will also be in attendance selling their designer fabric hair accessories. The company of Year 11 students sold out of all their stock in record time at last year’s Christmas market so you’ll want to make a beeline to their stall to secure yours this time around.