John, who trades under the name Radiance Furniture, is one of 38 makers across England to be selected. All 38 have been in business for less than two years and already display a high level of technical craftsmanship and originality. The Hothouse programme will supply them with a tailor-made programme of business and creative support from established designers, makers and specialist professionals to assist them in the marketplace.
John said: ‘I’m very excited to be given the opportunity and can’t wait to get started. I’m looking forward to working with the Craft Council and I feel that the training they’re providing us with will give me, my business and my furniture a solid foundation from which to grow and progress. Craft-focused business training is exactly what I need at this point to bring my designs and my furniture to a wider audience. To be selected by the Craft Council is a real honour and I recognise what a privilege it is to be given this opportunity.’
Image: A glass topped half round console table made from English ripple sycamore and English walnut with an English oak centre piece. The legs ‘wrap’ over the glass top to make the overall structure elegant and strong. The shape is organic and is reminiscent of open flowers.
John is based in Nettleton in Wiltshire and joined the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen in 2012. His furniture will be on display at the Guild’s Spring Show in Tetbury, Gloucestershire in May 7 – 11, 2014