Chris formerly worked as a retail, and IT manager, before joining us for our full time course, to follow his passion to become a designer-maker. Chris made a variety of pieces whilst on the course, including a maple occasional table, a dovetailed box, a walnut coffee table, and a striking rippled sycamore drinks cabinet. He also started a Bridget Riley inspired walnut sideboard which he planned to finish as his first project once he set up on his own.
“The school is blessed with many designer-makers as tutors, each with their own particular area of expertise to tap into: Jim for construction advice and machine and hand skills; Jane for enthusiastic and helpful design discussions; Andrew for invaluable CAD tips; and Justin for boundless knowledge about timber.
At first it was such a jump into the unknown that I felt a bit lost but the patience and encouragement from everyone on the smallest of issues motivated me to push myself. It’s quite amazing to see how much my skills developed in such a small amount of time.
There was an interesting mix of students from all walks of life and it was great fun sitting outside at lunchtimes getting to know people. I miss the buzz of the workshop and the camaraderie created by working so closely together.”
“I now have the confidence to launch my new furniture business with the gusto it requires and I am very optimistic for the future."
We are pleased to say Chris has now set up on his own as a designer-maker. His company Heliconia, is based near Tower Bridge in London. Chris’s attention to detail, creativity, and self motivation, combined with his IT and retail background puts him in a perfect position to have a successful business. We wish him well.