Fortnum & Makers Features Three QEST Scholars

20th February 2023

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Following the highly successful exhibitions of work by QEST Scholars in Fortnum & Mason in 2022, the iconic store has now launched Fortnum & Makers, inviting a collection of British-based designers and craftspeople to showcase their work on the first floor. The selected makers include QEST Scholars Scott Benefield, Jojo Wood and Jon Williams.

Ceramicist Jon Williams considers his practice as a means of storytelling and draws inspiration from commonplace drama, ritual and folklore. During his showcase in the QEST exhibition, Jon was the bestselling maker, selling 16 units of his ‘Milk Thief’ milk bottles.

Discover Jon’s ornamental ceramic milk jugs, each complete with a charming perching bird. His beautiful Camellia Bird jug is a Fortnum & Mason exclusive inspired by their Afternoon Tea ceramic ranges.

Jon says, “It is fantastic that Fortnum & Mason are leading the way in supporting individual craft makers in this initiative. Working with Fortnum’s has been an invaluable experience, as a high-end platform to showcase my work and the opportunity to develop a quality retail line. It has also provided the consideration of balance within my practice, from making through to batch production and how this may be developed in the future.” 

Jojo Wood is a highly regarded craftsperson and utilises her wide experience working British hardwoods to create beautiful and functional long-lasting objects. She exhibited during the 2022 QEST exhibition and was part of the nine selected makers Fortnum & Mason commissioned to create an item for the final hamper showcase.

Jojo has handcrafted a selection of teatime-ready wooden spoons for the showcase, and says, “Being chosen to be featured in the Fortnum and Makers exhibition is fantastic – being recognised by QEST for my work is always an honour, and to be displayed somewhere with the history and prestige of Fortnum & Mason is a career highpoint I’ll never forget.”

Glassblower Scott Benefield exhibited during the 2022 QEST exhibition and was part of the nine selected makers Fortnum & Mason commissioned to create an item for the final hamper showcase.

For the Maker space, the store is showcasing a selection of Scott’s tableware items decorated with an elegant white swirl, all of which are exclusive to Fortnum & Mason. 

He comments, “The opportunity to exhibit and sell my work at Fortnum & Masons is one of the high points in my career as a maker.  Even though it has a contemporary feel, my work has a close association with classical Venetian glassblowing of the sixteenth century. and maintaining a continuity with heritage and tradition lies at the very heart of my practice. Our glass has been sold in a wide variety of outlets over the years–from storefronts dedicated to handmade craft, to museum shops, to online venues, to working with Historic Royal Palaces on a special collection–but the prospect of making a range for the Fortnum & Makers project was especially intriguing, given the distinguished reputation of the establishment.”

See the makers’ work in store until late summer 2023.

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