Wendy Shorter-Blake MBE

I had the honour of receiving an MBE in the Queens' New Year Honours List 2020 For Services to Upholstery, in recognition of unparalleled craftsmanship and tireless work in ensuring that my skills are passed on to current and future generations.


I'm off to Buckingham Palace in June for my investiture.

Master Furniture Maker Certificate

In February 2018 I also received the honour of being awarded the Master Furniture Maker Certificate presented to my by the Lord Mayor of London at Glaziers Hall.


"Wendy has studied, trained, been assessed and examined in the art, craft, science and practice of furniture making.  These achievements combined with 20 years professional service to the community were taken into account as evidence of mastery of furniture in recommending them for the receipt of this certificate."

Master Upholder Certificate

Wendy Shorter Interiors Wendy Shorter receiving her Master's Certificate

In February 2016 I was honoured and delighted to receive the Master  Upholders Certificate, presented to me by the Lord Mayor of London at Fishmongers Hall.  Upholder is the archaic word for upholsterer.

"Wendy Shorter has been awarded the status of Master Upholder, having been assessed at the highest level in the art, craft and practice of the Upholder by the Worshipful Company of Upholders, recognised as a leading teacher and mentor for those pursuing a career in their craft, her dedication to the development and implementatin of the diploma courses in upholstery and soft furnishings, were taken into account as evidence required for the Master Certificate."

Marsh Heritage Crafts Trainer Award - 2014

Training Award - Wendy Shorter Marsh Heritage Craft Awards 2014





At the 2014 Heritage Crafts Association Annual Conference Wendy was honoured to receive the Marsh Heritage Crafts Trainer Award for passing on craft skills to others. 

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Ofsted Recognition of Good Practice

Ofsted shines a spotlight on the exception upholstery and soft furnishings training that we offer.  Read more

Craft Skills Awards 2013

Wendy Shorter receiving her Crafts Skills Award from HRH The Prince of Wales Craft Skills Awards 2013

On Thursday 2nd May 2013, Wendy received the Craft Skills Awards 2013 for encouraging craft skills in an informal setting.  This award recognises commitment towards excellence in craft skills, success, ambition, and exemplory and imaginative approaches in passing on craft skills. 


The awards were presented by HRH The Prince of Wales.  At the reception afterwards HRH Prince Charles was very interested to hear about our training centre and the new schools programme that the £2500 award would go towards.  The ceremony was hosted by Kirstie Allsopp at Glaziers Hall in London.

Certificates of Excellence

Certificates of Excellence

Tutors Wendy Shorter, Tricia Butterworth, Louise Boyland and Liz Alsop all won Certificates of Excellence for their teaching of the crafts, awarded by the Worshipful Company of Upholders.  The presentation was made to the tutors at the Students' Show on Saturday 21st July 2012 by Jerry Appleyard, Master of the Worshipful Company of Upholders.

Heritage Crafts Training Award

The Heritage Crafts Association held it's Spring Conference on the 24th March 2012 at the Victoria & Albert Museum, where Wendy was honoured to be a finalist in the Marsh Christain Heritiage Crafts Trainer Awards.


The Heritage Crafts Association is the advocacy body for traditional heritage crafts. Working in partnership with Government and key agencies, it provides a focus for craftspeople, groups, societies and guilds, as well as individuals who care about the loss of traditional crafts skills, and works towards a healthy and sustainable framework for the future.

Outstanding Training Provider of the Year 2011

Outstanding Training Provider of the Year 2011

In November Wendy Shorter Interiors was name Outstanding Training Provider of the Year at the 2011 Proskills Awards sponsored by the Scottish Government.  During the summer Proskills visited our centre to see our work and to verify our results.  "I'm thrilled, delighted and very surprised to have won particularly as the other centres I was up against were very high calibre organisations".

Women In Furnishings Award 2010

Wendy Shorter - Women In Furnishings Award 2010

Wendy Shorter was named 'Inspirational Woman of the Year' in the first ever Women In Furnishings Awards. Judges felt Wendy had not only established her own successful training school but had been instrumental in changing the face of training and qualification standards in the upholstery and soft furnishings sector.

Hertfordshire Training Centre of the Year 2008

Wendy Shorter - Hertfordshire Training Centre 2008 Award

Wendy Shorter was awarded a special recognition award at the Hertfordshire Training Centre of the Year 2008 Awards sponsored by the University of Hertfordshire.

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