Follow us onfacebooktwitter

The largest exhibition of contemporary designer-maker furniture in the UK

18th-27th August 2018

2017 WINNERS - The Alan Peters Award for Excellence

Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design


18th - 27th August 2018


2017 WINNERS - The Alan Peters Award for Excellence

This competition offered up to three of this year’s brightest young prospects the opportunity to exhibit their entry alongside the best in the business at this year’s Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design exhibition, gaining valuable experience and contacts.  We are also delighted to announce that Wood Workers Workshop have agreed to further help these talented new makers by giving each of them £100 of fine woodworking tools from their shop.

The late Alan Peters OBE dedicated his life to the furniture industry in the workshop, through writing and also by teaching and this award continues his legacy by encouraging and supporting the next generation of furniture designer-makers at the start of their fledgling careers.

This year’s winners, Christopher Cooper, Freya Whamond and Finn James, are every bit as impressive as those that have gone before them, whilst also having the added accolade that they have been placed at the front of the largest ever number of applicants that the award has attracted.

They do great credit to their respective tutors at Rowden Atelier Woodworking School, Rycotewood Furniture Centre and Williams and Cleal Furniture School and they will now be joining around 70 of the finest craftsmen and women in the British Isles in Cheltenham this August.

The Award was judged by Keith Newton - apprentice of and maker for Alan Peters for 19 years, Jeremy Broun  – pioneering furniture designer-maker and Jason Heap – award winning furniture designer-maker and director of Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design.

The judges were hugely impressed with the standard of entries that have set the bar extremely high for future years. For the judges’ comments and photographs of the pieces please see the main Alan Peters page.

“The judges were particularly impressed this year by three very different pieces.  We felt that each, in their own way, showed good ambition, offered interest both visually and in their construction, indicated a good understanding of the materials used and demonstrated accomplished workmanship” said award judge and director of Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design, Jason Heap.

All three winning pieces will be exhibited at this year's exhibition from 19th-28th August 2017.

Related Links:

Alan Peters Obituary (The Guardian)

Wood Workers Workshop



Back to News >>

Home About the show Competitions Shop Contact us
celebration of craftmanship and designcelebration of craftmanship and designcelebration of craftmanship and design

Contact Us

Landline Telephone: 02392 160 761
Mobile Telephone: 07966 889 656