2002 Award of Distinction Recipient
Mr. Peters’ award was presented June 7, 2002 by Toronto furniture maker Michael Fortune.
Alan Peters was a British furniture designer/maker and one of the very few direct links with the Arts and Crafts Movement, having apprenticed to Edward Barnsley. He set up his own workshop in the Sixties. He is well known for his book Cabinetmaking: A Professional Approach (re-published in 2009) and his revision (for the fourth addition) of Ernest Joyce’s The Technique of Furniture Making.
In 1990, Peters was awarded the OBE for his services to furniture. His work is rooted in tradition and shows a deep understanding and respect for the material. In 2009, fellow furniture designer/maker Jeremy Broun made a film and wrote a book called “Alan Peters- The Maker’s Maker”. Peters is considered to be one of the greatest British furniture designer/maker of his generation.
Gallery of Selected Work
Alan Peters was born in 1933 in Petersfield, Hampshire, England
Training and Education
- 1949 – 1956 Apprenticed to Edward Bamsley, CBE.
- 1957 – 1959 2 year craft teacher training at Shoreditch College (Distinction)
- 1959 Scholarship to Central School of Arts and Crafts, London (interior design)
- 1959 Elected to the British Craft Centre, Hay Hill, London.
- 1962 Established as a designer and maker of modern craft furniture.
- 1968 Elected Fellow of Society of Designer Craftsmen.
- 1975 Crafts Council Bursary to visit Japan
- 1978 Winner of Winsor & Newton Craft Award with desk in Macassar ebony.
- 1980 Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to visit South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
- 1984 Winner of open design competition for dining furniture for the British Insurance Brokers’ Association, London.
- 1988 Winner of Centennial Medai of the Society of Designer Craftsmen
- 1990 Awarded QBE for services to furniture design
- 2000 Academician of South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts
Selected Solo Exhibitions
- 1976 Modern Craft Furniture, Harris Centre, Hawkhurst, Kent.
- 1979 Alan Peters Furniture, Bristol Guild, Bristol.
- 1985 – 1986 Alan Peters Furniture Maker, Cheltenham Art Gallery
- 1986 Fine by Design, Devon Guild Centre, Devon.
- 1989 Alan Peters Furniture, Brewhouse Arts Centre, Somerset.
- 1990 Alan Peters Furniture, Bere Regis Gallery, Dorset.
- 1992 Alan Peters: 30 pieces for 30 years, Bedales Gallery, Hampshire.
Selected Group Exhibitions
- 1979 ‑1981 Crafts South West: South West Arts exhibition, Plymouth
- 1982 The Maker’s Eye: Crafts Council exhibition, London
- 1983 A Closer Look at Wood: Crafts Council exhibition, London
- 1983 Works in Wood: British Crafts Centre exhibition, London
- 1987: After Japan: Midland Arts touring exhibition.
- 1988 Craft Classics: Crafts Council exhibition, London
- 1989 British Design: Central Office of information exhibition, Leipzig
- 1991 Beyond the Dovetail: Crafts Council exhibition, London
- 1991 – 1994 Natural Resources: South West Arts exhibition, Dublin
- 1993 ‑1994 The Woodcarver’s Craft: Crafts Council exhibition, London
- 1995 ‑1996 Furniture Today: Its Design and Craft: Crafts Council exhibition, London
- 1995 — 1996 Japanese Connections: Cornwall Crafts Association exhibition, Trelowarren
- 1995 — 1996 William Morris Centenary Exhibition: Whitwort’n Gallery, Manchester
- 1999 “Furniture for 21st Century”: Exhibition and book launch, Banqueting Hall, Whitehall, London
- 2000 Crafts 2000: Society of Designer Craftsmen exhibition, Mat! Galleries, London
- 1984 Boardroom furniture, PosTel, London.
- 1985 ‑1988 Complete furnishing of 12th century Fishermen’s Chapel, Jersey.
- 1986 Furnishing of Chairman’s office, Stock Exchange, London.
- 1993 Ash seating and tables, Plymouth Museum & Art Gallery.
- 1995 Boardroom table and cabinets, Lloyds TSB, London.
- 1996 Oak seating for Earth Gallery, Gallery of Modem Art, Glasgow.
- 1996 Kelmscott Chaucer cabinet funded by Keatley Trust.
- 1996 — 2001 Furnishing of Chief Executive’s office, Lloyds TSB, London.
Work in Public Collections
- Victoria & Albert Museum, London
- Crafts Council Collection
- Cheltenham Museum & Art Gallery
- Craft Study Centre, Farnham
- Leicester Museum & Art Gallery
- Stoke on Trent City Museum & Art Gallery
- Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
- Broughton Castle, Banbury
- Kirkham House, Paignton
- Plymouth Museum & Art Gallery
- Glasgow Museum of Modern Art
- Portsmouth Museum & Art Gallery
- Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
- 1964 — 1968 Part-time lecturing at Portsmouth College of Art & Design.
- 1978 — 1988 Visiting lecturer, John Makepeace School for Craftsmen in Wood, Parnham.
- 1980 Public lectures in Korea and Taiwan.
- 1981 Lecture tour, USA.
- 1982 — 1983 2nd Year Design Tutor, John Makepeace School, Parnham
- 1984 Lecture tour in New Zealand, Hawaii, Australia and Tasmania.
- 1987 & 1989 Summer schools at Anderson Ranch, Colorado.
- 1989 Guest speaker at Contemporary Furniture Design Symposium, Saskatoon.
- 1989 — 1994 Visiting lecturer at Letterfrack College, Co. Galway, Iretand-
- 1995 & 1997 Summer Schools at Centre for Furniture Craftsmanship, Maine.
- 1984 ‘Cabinetmaking — the Professional Approach’ published by Stobart & Son.
- 1987 Revision of ‘The Technique of Furniture Making’ by Ernest Joyce, published by Batsford.