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School Visit to 100% Design and TENT for London Design Week

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School Visit to 100% Design and TENT for London Design Week

 

 On Friday 22nd September, Jane Cleal took four students to London to visit the 100% Design exhibition and TENT.

Trips like these are optional at the school, but Jane Cleal is a real advocate of our students attending design events and exhibitions because they improve awareness of production manufacturing techniques, keep students aware of the current trends in design and interiors, offer good design inspiration and are a good insight into how industry presents itself in terms of stalls, branding etc.

It’s also a jolly day out from the workshop!

Our students really enjoyed both exhibitions and got very different things out of both 100% Design and TENT.

From 100% design, many of the students found inspiration in the pieces that they saw – but also found it very beneficial for making links with suppliers. Tim was interested to discover veneer suppliers and leather manufacturers that were in the locality of where he lives – and he was able to talk to them about new production processes and advances in leather printing that he was unaware of before his visit.

All of our students found TENT really interesting, with some preferring it over 100% Design for the reason that you can meet smaller makers and have a better conversation with them about their design and making process. Our students commented that TENT felt like a better place to network, and that in being able to talk with the smaller makers, there were useful discoveries to be made such as new and interesting materials being used in design - and how to work with different materials.

As such our students came back with ideas incorporating new materials they had not been aware of before their visit.

It also shows just how important it is to take time out of the workshop to connect with other makers and experience where the industry is - and where it’s going.

For more information about other trips that we offer our full time students, feel free to give the office a call on 01984 667555.

Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design 2017

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Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design 2017

 

Last week the annual Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design took place at the Thirlestaine Long Gallery at Cheltenham College in Gloucester. CCD is the largest exhibition of contemporary desigher-maker furniture in the UK and it draws visitors and exhibitors from around the world. The exhibition showcases the work of the very best makers and emerging talent in the world of furniture design and making.

It is a really important calendar event for our students - and  we strongly encourage our students to not only submit their work for entry into the Alan Peters Award for Excellence (which gives three new designer-makers the opportunity to win free exhibition space for their entry at the Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design) but also to visit the Celebration of Craftsmanship and immerse themselves in the design styles and work exhibited there.

Our current students attended the show's VIP opening evening, and met with several past Williams and Cleal students - all now successfully running their own bespoke furniture companies and exhibiting their work at the Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design.

It was great to see past students Damain Robinson from BlytheHart Made, Maria and Charlie from Byron and Gomez, Irene Banham from Irene Banham Furniture and Thomas from Thomas Whittingham Furniture all recieving great interest in their work. Congratulations to our student Finn James, one of the winners of this year's Alan Peters Award for Excellence who won the opportunity to exhibit his 'Brompton' coffee table at this years show.

Shortlisted for the 2017 Wood Awards

Shortlisted for the 2017 Wood Awards!

Shortlisted for the 2017 Wood Awards!

We are thrilled to announce that student Damian Robinson's Hex Cabinet has been shortlisted for the 2017 Wood Awards!

The Hex Cabinet was Damian's final project during his course at Williams and Cleal. 

The inspiration for the Hex Drinks Cabinet comes from the colour and uniformity of bees’ nest found in the Damian's garden. Hand cut veneers in contrasting timbers and grain patterns were used for the honeycomb. Damian laid the veneer hexagons out in sequence while referring to the actual nest. The edges of the doors were designed to meet in a line that followed the interlinking hexagons.  The inset brass levers devised to open the doors were made in the same size of the hexagons to mesh seamlessly with the overall design. English bog oak, dating from 3,300BC, was selected to set off the complex honeycomb pattern without interference.

You can read more about the 2017 Wood Awards Shortlist here.

You can also visit Damian Robinson's company website - Blythehart Made at:  https://www.blythehartmade.co.uk/

or follow Damian on instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/blythehartmade/

Well done Damian!

2017 Somerset Guild of Craftsmen Furniture Prize!

2017 Somerset Guild of Craftsmen Furniture Prize!

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Drum roll please.....

We are pleased to announce that student Alistair Buchan received second prize for his Jurassic inspired table in this years Somerset Guild Furniture Exhibition.

The table was made in English Oak and sandblasted to give a weathered appearance. Patinated Bronze Supporting Fins were used to support the table segments and it was a great exercise in solid wood construction.

In the exhibitions 'People's Choice award' we are also thrilled that Williams and Cleal students received the most votes, Alistair for his table. Alberto for his 'La Negra' chair and Laura for her folding table.

Alberto Perez'  stunning La Negra chair was Alberto's first project and the design really challenged and pushed his making skills - with beautiful results. Made in Walnut.

Laura Aldrich Blake's retro style drop leaf table with formica surface was made to a brief about batch production, so was made using various jigs so that it could be easily repeated in small numbers. It was a challenging piece to make with tapered cylindrical legs and lots of angles.

The photo shows our Lead tutor, James Ralph, accepting awards on behalf of the students.

Student Submit Enteries to the Alan Peters Award for Excellence and The Somerset Guild of Craftsman Furniture Prize.


Students Submit Enteries to the Alan Peters Award for Excellence, and The Somerset Guild of Craftsman Furniture Prize.

We wish student Finn James the best of luck with the entry of his low coffee table in the 2017 Alan Peters Award for Excellence.

Finn laminated his table from 10 laters of 5mm flexi-ply and it was veneered in beautiful figured quarter sawn oak. To emphasize the shape the edges were coloured a very light grey.

The  Alan Peters award is designed to encourage and promote emerging young talent within the bespoke furniture industry. It gives up to three new designer-makers the opportunity to win free exhibition space for their entry at Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design. This allows winners to exhibit and network with established and highly regarded professionals within a selling environment, gaining valuable experience and exposure to a very discerning and knowledgeable audience.

Fingers crossed for Finn!

We also wish the very best of luck to students Laura Aldrich Blake, Jan Lennon and Alberto Perez for their entries into the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen Annual Students Furniture Prize. The students all took their furniture to the Wells Exhibition Gallery last week. We eagerly award the judges decision in a few weeks time.

We actively encourage our students to enter furniture prizes and to exhibit their work, to get their design style and name out there - to become visible as emerging makers. It is also an important opportunity to network and make contacts, or to generate publicity in starting out your career as a furniture maker.

Student's work makes front page of Furniture and Cabinetmaking Magazine


Student's work makes front page of Furniture and Cabinetmaking Magazine

Congratulations to Charles Byron, whose 'log stack' cabinet has recently been featured on the front cover of 'Furniture and Cabinetmaking' magazine! 

The article writes about the highlights of the Somerset Guild of Craftsman Furniture Prize 2015. We are proud that Charlie was the winner of the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen Judge's Choice and winner of the Popular Choice Award 2015.

To find our more information about the 'log stack' cabinet head to www.byronandgomez.co.uk

 

 

The Art of Making Exhibition


The Art of Making Exhibition

'The Art of Making' is an exhibition of work by students Lauren Goodman, Maria del Mar Gomez, Irene Banham and Charles Byron. Their work can be seen at the Paper arts Gallery Bristol between 16th-29th June. This is the beginning of their professional careers as designer-makers.

Good Woodworking - September 2014


Article in Good Woodworking - September 2014

We have just received a great write up in the Good woodworking magazine. Appearing in the centrefold, with a "Best of the Rest" sticker under a title of "Editor's Choice". We are of course very proud of all our students efforts, and once again would like to congratulate them on their amazing work. With some of them still only half way through their time with us we are keen to see what they do next!

" A stand stretched along a corridor that you might access on the way to the toilets or the press office is hardly the optimum location if you want to showcase your talents at the UK's biggest and most important show for graduate design students, New Designers at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London. But the students who have been learning to make top-end bespoke furniture on Williams and Cleal's 40 week course could have displayed their wares in the middle of a half-closed 1970's shopping precinct and still be a talking point. Unlike most univerisites and colleges where you can identify student output by the overall style, all the pieces showed originality and were true to the aspirations of their makers, with work ranging from an ingenious extending table to an intricately veneered one, from a chair with a knitted seat to a precisely engineered Chief's Chair. Each maker should consider him or herself to be a winner." Andrea Hargreaves

Success at The New Forest Show for Irene


Success at The New Forest Show for Irene

Congratulations to Irene Banham. She entered the New Forest Trust Fine Crafted Wood competition 2014 - with her 'Chiefs Chair' in solid Olive Ash and Ash - and has just come second in the overall award at the New Forest Show.

Here she is receiving her prize from Paul HS von der Heyde, the Master of The Furniture Makers Company.  

Student Success at New Designers


Student Success at New Designers

 

The students are back from New Designers. They all agreed that the experience was definately beneficial. The stand was very busy, two pieces were sold, and numerous contacts were made. 

Everyone was very complementary about the standard of the students work, with lots of interest shown, including the possiblilty of a design commission from a large retail group and an accessories company. 

Coming soon gallery photo's of all the pieces exhibited.

Student, Tom Jarrold wins Alan Peters Prize


Student, Tom Jarrold wins Alan Peters Prize

Congratulations to Tom Jarrold who has just won one of three Alan Peters awards for his 'Elixir' Drinks Cabinet. Awarded through Celebration of Craftsmanship this allows him to exhibit his cabinet for free at this top furntiure exhibition in August. Well worth a visit.

The Alan Peters Award commemorates a man dedicated to bespoke furniture and highly respected by all within the industry. Alan Peters OBE was also a great teacher, always keen to share and encourage. It is only fitting therefore that their award for students and emerging talents bears his name and respects his philosophy of excellence in every aspect of design and craftsmanship from timber selection to appropriate design.

The award is designed to encourage and promote emerging young talent within the bespoke furniture industry.

It gives up to three new designer-makers the opportunity to win free exhibition space for their entry at Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design. This allows winners to exhibit and network with established and highly regarded professionals within a selling environment, gaining valuable experience and exposure to a very discerning and knowledgeable audience.

Clerkenwell Design Week 2014


Clerkenwell Design Week 2014

Earlier this week we had a llittle excursion to London to the Clerkenwell Design week. 

The exhibition now its 5th year is one the UK's leading independent design festival and annually attracts the international design community to London.

With over 60 showrooms and 200 design brands, it was a great opportunity for the students to see what other designers are making and maybe get some inspiration for their next piece.

Crude Beauty


Crude Beauty

Crude Beauty is the latest collection of work of past student Thomas Cruz, it is mixture of paintings, ceramics and furniture.

The exhibition is at the 5th Base Gallery, 23 Heneage Street, London E1

19th May 18:00 - 21:00 Opening Night

20th - 21st May 12:00 - 18:00

"Crude Beauty is a double-sided idea about how we view our world in terms of existence; how we eat, how we kill, how we survive. Most humans have forgoten how crude and real it is to kill another animal, essential for survival. It could be the way we do it that has changed our understanding of life and connectivity to nature. It is also something very beautiful, a way of recycling life, something that humans have abused and in a way taken meaning away from."