About Alex

Alex Potter is an award winning luthier based in South East London, a stone’s throw from Cittern bthe banks of the river Thames in the historic port of Deptford.

Specialising in unusual or early fretted musical instruments Alex studied at London Metropolitan University, gaining a first class honours degree for his work on subjects such as instrument design and musical instrument history, before returning to complete a master’s degree focussing on the re-construction of lost musical instruments and achieving a pass with distinction.

Whilst at university Alex worked on the design and construction of instruments as varied as the fretted zither family, renaissance citterns (including the mighty, twenty-string ceterone), carved-top mandolas and, of course, the guitar family.

After completing his studies Alex was given the Cockpit Arts / NADFAS award 2013 for designer-makers working in heritage crafts, a national prize awarded annually to a single craftsperson who has proved exceptionally talented in their field.

As part of his award Alex was given a workshop at Cockpit arts Deptford, a thriving creative hub of artists, artisans and craftspeople nestled in the junction between the Thames and Deptford Creek.