Our Alumni: Peter Kuh '69
Peter Kuh ’69 is a furniture designer, maker and teacher living in England who recently had an exhibition of furniture he designed and made at The Art Workers Guild in Queen Square, London.
He trained in cabinetmaking between 1973-1977, working for one year in Charles Webb’s small production workshop in Cambridge, MA. This was followed by one year in Simon Watts’ workshop in Putney, VT.
Back To News
In September 1975, he moved to England with his wife, Diana, and went to work as a trainee for Alan Peters. “The standards of craftsmanship in Alan’s workshop were a giant step higher than those I had worked to in the first two years of my training,” he says.
“In 1977, having completed two years of training with Alan Peters and two years in U.S. workshops, I set up my own business at Otterton Mill in Devon, England,” Peter explains. “There I worked on both speculative designs and commissions. I became a member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and, eventually, the Society of Designer Craftsmen.
“Working for eight years in Otterton then two years in Exeter I designed and made a range of one-off pieces and others for batch production. My work was sold at the Riverside Mill in Bovey Tracey, the Dartington Cider Press, the Prescote Gallery in Cropredy and other venues.”
Gradually, he moved from commercial cabinetmaking into teaching furniture making and design. Initially, Peter taught adult education classes at Exeter College while running his workshop then started working full-time in further education at Rycotewood College teaching there from 1987 to 2004. He then went on to join Milton Keynes College in the position of Quality Development Manager for six years.
John has a Certificate of Education in Further Education from Oxford Polytechnic and a Master of Arts in Education Management from Oxford Brookes University. He currently teachers at the School of Stuff in Dalston, London, offering beginner- and intermediate-level. “My aim,” John says, “is to introduce all students to some of the fundamental construction methods used in cabinetmaking and to give them time to develop basic skills as they work through the set projects. They should then be able to apply these skills independently to their own work.
“My projects offer a challenge to all students, regardless of their previous experience and knowledge. Those who are already familiar with woodwork are encouraged to attain very high standards in their projects. For those who have little experience, the aim is to establish an understanding of correct construction and working practices and how to achieve precision cutting when working with hand tools.”