The Evolution of John George






This is John George Potts. John was born in Sheffield to Electrician Alan Potts (of G W Potts Electrical) and Jan Potts. He was brought up rurally and appreciated the countryside and woodlands around him in Moscar, Sheffield.

Moorland by Moscar Lodge This is the view available from Moscar Lodge, looking down towards Ladybower, with some of the Edale hills prominent on the skyline. Photograph by Bill Boaden.

John excelled at Resistant Materials in school and studied Product and Furniture Design to degree level at The University of Central England (now called Birmingham City University) where he left with a 2:1 in 2005.  He established his own business JG Exclusive Design at this time and word of mouth quickly spread as he completed different joinery and cabinetry jobs for friends and family.

In 2007 he was asked if he wanted to work at My Fathers Heart in Sheffield, a business that specialised in high-class cabinetry. His own business was steadily plodding along but John saw this as an opportunity to further his skills in high-end cabinet making, so JG Exclusive Design was put on the backburner.

In 2011 after moving house to Sparrowpit nr Buxton and having a better workshop space available, John started to take on more commisions and began building his own business again. This time he rebranded to become John George Fine Cabinetry, and took on lots of jobs at weekends and evenings. The demand for Johns’ work was evident and in 2012 he went part time at My Fathers Heart to begin steadily building the business, leaving fully in 2013.

2013 saw him expand the business and take a contract renting a workshop at The Riverside complex, next to the Riverside Herb Centre.

“Riverside” Herb Centre off the A6187 Castleton Road Creative Commons Licence [Some Rights Reserved] © Copyright Neil Theasby
River Derwent, Castleton Road, Hathersage, Derbys. Views of bird-life and the River Derwent from the café area of the Riverside Herb Centre. © Copyright David Hallam-Jones

Over the past few years John has invested in more industrial machinery with Felder, taking on more staff and expanding the space now renting two units, having taken on a second unit in 2017.

 With double the workshop space, 3 times the man-power, and larger machining capabilities John George is now capable of large private or commercial work, and yet still remains to be as personable and exclusive as it was in its infancy.

There’s still much growth on the horizon for John George – keep reading the blog to see it evolve 🙂

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