Design a Daffodil Competition

The Ten Thousand Daffodils Design a Daffodil Competition invited groups from schools, youth groups, colleges, universities to create the glaze design for a large ceramic daffodil head.

The daffodil heads were auctioned to support charities of the winner’s choice.

about the competition

The competition was designed to encourage the use of nature as the source of inspiration for the glazing design and one that reflects students personal responses to the natural world or highlights some of the most pressing environmental issues.

Winners were chosen from each category by a panel of  judges who considered the vision and creative use of the medium in the following areas. 

Relevance to the theme
How the story is incorporated into the design

Each winning design was glazed onto an outsized daffodil. These daffodils were then be auctioned and the proceeds donated to a charity selected by the winning entry.


We welcomed group/team entries for the following age ranges. This included entries from schools, youth groups, colleges, universities etc.

5 years – 11 years
11 years – 16 years
16 years – 21 years



Glaze design submission must be made by February 28th 2023

Winners will be notified by 10 March 2023

Winners will be announced on 17 March 2023

Daffodils to be glazed late March/April 2023

How To apply

The competition is now closed

Download the below documents and the two pdf documents including the sketches and dimensions of the daffodil

Together with your design please include no more than 250 words explaining the story of your design

Please select five colours to use for your design from this link. You do not have to buy the glazes. We will supply the glazes and may be able to come to you so that you can glaze the daffodil yourselves.

Send your design by email to

Or alternatively send your design by post to 

Design a Daffodil Competition
Lowther Castle
CA10 2HH

About the judges

Andrea Brunsendorf, Head Gardener, Lowther Castle.

Andrea Brunsendorf is an international horticulturalist and joined Lowther Castle as head gardener in July 2022. Having trained at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and University College, London she has worked at gardens in South Africa, Germany, France, Botswana, Jerusalem, the UK and the United States.

Alan McViety, High Sheriff of Cumbria.

The role of High Sheriff though an ancient one is still relevant today. The aim is to promote and encourage the many inspirational people and organisations in Cumbria during this year of office.

The High Sheriff theme for 2022/23 is Youth Opportunities.

The last two years during the pandemic have been difficult for everyone but particularly so for students in education and those embarking on their careers. Alan’s focus is on both recreational activities and educational opportunities.