Congratulations to Wilma and Henry for Securing Jobs at Artichoke Ltd.

Jobs for Henry and Wilma at Artichoke



Congratulations to students Wilma and Henry for securing jobs with Artichoke Ltd

Today, our student, Wilma Wyatt starts her new job at Cheddar based fine bespoke furniture and interiors company - Artichoke Ltd.

Our student, Henry still has another month of his course to finish, but will join Wilma at Artichoke in May.

For those students who would like to pursue a route to employment, we will give you  support in finding the role and employer that is right for you.

Not all students will know exactly what they want to do, or where they might like to work when they first begin the course, but that is something we will help you research and explore in your time here.

We'll use our knowledge of South West and UK based bespoke furniture companies to suggest furniture companies and workshops that might be of interest to you.

We will also advise you on what workshop managers will be looking for in a CV, application and interview - or what to expect from a trade test. You can read more about what workshop managers look for in a cabinetmakers cv in our previous blog (about 13 posts down!)

When Wilma began at Williams and Cleal, she had no previous woodworking experience and she leaves the course at a competant designer/maker. We couldn't be more proud of her for securing a job with Artichoke and we wish her all the best for her future.

Ruth completes her Rosewood Chair and lands herself a job with Halstock!

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Ruth completes her Rosewood chair and lands a job with Halstock!

Here is a shot of Ruth's fantastic Lounge Chair!

The seat was made of Birch ply veneered in Santos Rosewood, the legs laminated and faced with the same materials.
A mixture of complex compound angles and laminating made for a great project and it looks absolutely stunning.


Furthermore, following a recent trial week with Halstock (a designer, manufacturer and installer of luxuary bespoke interiors) Ruth has landed herself employment with this fantastic company and starts within a few weeks time!

At Williams and Cleal we have strong relationships with small and large scale local bespoke furniture making companies.

For those students who wish to take employment after graduating from our courses, we work in relationship with these companies to place students in employment or to offer career opportunities as fits each student's work aspirations.

Student Field Trip to Halstock Ltd

Student Field Trip to Halstock Ltd - bespoke luxury interior company.


This week our school visited Halstock, a company that design, manufacture and install luxury bespoke interiors.The students got a real feel for the work carried out at Halstock with talks covering all aspects of production from consultation through to design, to creation and making. We look forward to working with Halstock going forward to enhance our students learning experience and employment opportunities.

Students selected for Crafts Council Hothouse 2016 programme

Students selected for Crafts Council Hothouse 2016 programme

We are delighted that former students of the Williams and Cleal Furniture School, Charles Byron, Maria Del Mar Gomez and Thomas Wittingham have been selected amongst 41 other maker businesses by the Crafts Council to take part in the creative development programme Hothouse 2016.

This is the first time in the history of the Hothouse programme that five furniture makers have been selected for the development programme. You can learn more about Hothouse 2016 and our former students by visiting:


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.

Students Complete our Course and Start their own Business

Students Irene and Stuart set up their own businesses.

Irene and Stuart have now come to the end of their time with us and will be greatly missed. Irene has moved back to Bristol and is now running her own furniture business. Stuart will be renting our fully equiped new workshop 1 mile away from the school which has been set up to support our students for that first period working for themselves. We wish you all the best in your future endeavours.

See their work at

Commercial Success for Student

Commercial Success for Student

George has re-designed his handmade desk No 27.9 to meet the brief of small batch production. The results can be seen at Nina's House on the Kings Road London. Nina's House is a new concept shop retailing exclusive individually designed furniture.

Well done George !

What next?

What Next for Tom?

Tom's completed his occasional chairs and now come to the end of the course . He has made some exceptional pieces over the past 40 weeks and will be missed in the workshop. Tom has accepted a great opportunity to work for Cimitree. We wish Tom all the best for the future.

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.