Salla is among hundreds of UAL students realising their creative potential thanks to funding.
When Salla Luhtasela’s course leader in Finland encouraged her to apply for a scholarship to study at UAL, Salla jumped at the opportunity. “I had been studying at a small university in Helsinki, and so going somewhere like Central Saint Martins was something I had never experienced before.”
Salla was awarded the Fung Foundation Scholarship, available to nominated EU or International students from certain participating institutions. “Without the Fung Foundation Scholarship, I likely would not have ever had a chance to enrol on the BA (Hons) Ceramic Design course,” Salla explained. “Being awarded this scholarship and, given the opportunity to study at UAL, has made me more aware of my own strengths and given me a chance to further develop my skills; it has been a very important phase for my development, and has enabled me to build my own practice, for which I am so grateful.”
Based on her own experience, Salla encourages other eligible students to apply for a UAL scholarship: “Go for it, because there’s really nothing to lose; on the contrary, you might get an amazing opportunity to make new contacts in your own field, meet new people, and see and learn different ways of doing things, all of which helps you develop your professional skills.”
Salla’s latest project involves creating ceramic vessels designed for preserving food. “The aim of my project is to remind people of a traditional, yet very sustainable way of preparing food. This is an issue of increasing relevance, as individuals think more about their global impact and other environmental issues.