Winners announced – Britain’s Most Creative Makers & Britain’s Favourite Maker

Posted on 2 September 2012 by Seek & Adore Team

The winners of the Great British Makers campaign have been announced.


The winners of Britain’s Most Creative Designer-makers in the nine discipline-led categories are:



Ceramics – Lisa Young, Dyfed, Wales






Glass – Cathryn Shilling, Ealing, West London






Wood – Hendzel & Hunt, Peckham, South London






Metal – Gordon Robertson, Elephant & Castle, South London






Textiles – Woven Oak, Lewes, East Sussex






Jewellery – Grainne Morton, Edinburgh, Scotland






Freestyle – Wolfram Lohr, Brighton, East Sussex






Sustainability – Jennifer McDowell, Wallington, Surrey






Innovation – Jenny Llewellyn, Bethnal Green, East London





The winner of Britain’s Favourite Designer-maker (as voted for by the Nation) is:

Jennifer McDowell, a wood turner from Wallington Surrey

Hot on her heels and in a very close second place was Richard Shock, a wood turner from Oxford.

It would appear that the British public not only rate these two designer-makers but they love the natural materials they work with!

As well as gaining the title of the award they have won all the designer-makers have the opportunity to sell their work on Seek & Adore for free for a year, as well as receiving publicity in Homes & Antiques magazine, among other publications.

Hatty Fawcett, founder of Seek & Adore says: “We wanted to run this campaign to highlight the achievements of Britain’s very talented designer-makers, who often go unnoticed. 2012 has been all about celebrating Great Britain – the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics, the Paralympics and now the Great British Makers campaign, an opportunity to celebrate the nation’s creativity.

Britain’s Most Creative Designer-makers were chosen by a panel of experts which included:

  • Angela Linforth, Editor BBC Homes & Antiques Magazine
  • Stuart Akroyd, Glassmaker
  • Dan Goode, Chief Seeker, Seek & Adore
  • Della Tinsley, Director EDLS who organise Treasure and The East London Design Show
  • Sian Evans, Jewellery Designer and Lecturer at Central St Martin’s School of Art

Britain’s Favourite Designer-maker was awarded based on the number of votes cast by the Nation.

Over 170 designer-makers entered the awards and more than 1,500 votes were cast by people across Britain. The panel were extremely impressed by the diversity and quality of work. Daniel Goode, Seek & Adore’s Chief Seeker said “The Great British Makers campaign has reinforced for me the power of human imagination and creativity. Each category in the awards was very specific and yet the variety and quality of the work exhibited in each category was astounding.”

Read what the expert panel said about each of the winners’ work.