Chichester College furniture makers in the spotlight at London show

October 20, 2016

Talented Chichester College students have been showcasing their work at a special exhibition in London.

The five students took pieces to the Young Furniture Makers’ Exhibition, organised by The Furniture Makers’ Company, earlier this month.

Alongside the exhibition, the Company also held a competition and one Chichester College student was in the running for a prize.

Paul Ferris, a level three apprentice currently employed by Rolls Royce, was ‘Highly Commended’ for his beautiful television cabinet made from olive ash.

Chichester College lecturer Christian Notley MBE accompanied the students to the event. He said: “This is a great opportunity for students to show their work and to meet members of the Company, allowing them a chance to make connections with employers in the industry.

“We were delighted to be able to take several pieces to the Furniture Makers’ Hall and the icing on the cake was Paul’s award.

“He was up against university students and graduates – all of the highest standard – so to be highly commended is a fantastic achievement.”

The evening also bought more good news for Christian himself, as he was invited to become a liveryman for the Company.

It’s an honour that will see him become a full member of the Company, and follows on from his recent MBE.

Christian added: “It is a great honour to be asked to become a liveryman.

“The Furniture Makers’ Company are extremely proactive in the industry and they have been very supportive of the college and our students.

“They are keen to see the industry grow and to welcome new talent.”