In 2010 Pete completed a BA in Furniture Design at Rycotewood Furniture Centre. In addition to gaining a first class honours degree, he was awarded the ‘Gordon Russell Prize’ and the ‘Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers Award’ which were given for innovative designing and excellence in craftsmanship. Since then, time has been divided amongst setting up ‘Pixel Furniture’, teaching at Rycotewood Furniture Centre and studying for a PGCE. Pete is also developing specialist teaching skills working at Pennyhooks Project, Wilts., a distinguished work and education centre for young adults with autism.
Having previously studied for two years at Rycotewood, Pete worked for a reputable furniture designer (Nicholas Dyson) for twelve years (1986-1998). His making skills were finely honed in this small workshop and he became the regular bespoke chair-maker. Migrating into his second passion, education, he then taught Design & Technology, passing on his skills in working materials and passion for good design.
The combination of working in education and developing his own design and making business is the ideal that Pete is now working towards. He tends to limit himself to small-scale projects, commissioned and speculative, specializing in including colour and other materials with timber.