The Worshipful Company of Turners

Supporting the Craft, City and Charity for over four hundred years

News

Learning to turn

A wonderful weekend of turning took place at the Max Carey Trust in Portishead on 2-3 November, with 15 Company members and friends trying their hand, or honing their skills, under the watchful eye of Stuart Bradfield and his team of volunteers. Read more »

Cockpit Arts Award winner Arturo Soto reveals new collection

Arturo won the Cockpit Arts turners award 2019 and immediately started work on his new collection. This new collection was shown at Olympia London at the Top Drawer Exhibition 2019. Read more »

Master’s Weekend in Wells

Over a weekend in September a group of 21 members of the Company and their partners joined the Master on a trip to the wonderful City of Wells where his brother in law, Peter, is the present Bishop of Bath and Wells. Upper Warden Melissa Scott gave an impromptu recital which was greatly enjoyed. Read more »

Public events

Handmade in Chelsea 2019

Handmade Chelsea is an annual contemporary craft and design fair at the beautiful Chelsea Old Town Hall. Taking place over three days from Friday 8 – Sunday 10 November 2019, the event will celebrate the best in high-end design and craftsmanship. Read more »

Winchester Guildhall Craft in Focus

Register of Professional Turner member, Colin Norgate will be exhibiting his stunning wood turned work at Craft in Focus in the beautiful Winchester Guildhall over the weekend of the 22nd November. Visit Colin and purchase from a stunning treasure trove of original and affordable crafts. Read more »

Guildhall Christmas Market 2019

The Turners will again be displaying turned items for sale as part of the Red Cross Christmas Market, Guildhall. In 2017, helped by the generosity of many professional turners, the Company raised over £4,000 for the British Red Cross. Grand opening 25th November, Market day 26th November. Read more »

Members' events

Members only event

Livery Dinner at Skinners’ Hall

The Company’s Livery Dinner this year will be held at Skinners' Hall on Monday 16th December. This is always a very popular event so please do book your places at your earliest opportunity to avoid disappointment. Applications will be accepted on a first come first served basis, so don't delay! Read more »

Members only event

The Musicians’ Company Carol Service

For the last few years the Musicians’ Company have shared their annual carol service with us, held at St Michael’s Cornhill. Guaranteed to get you into the festive spirit, the service this year will take place on 11th December, and will be followed by a Christmas dinner in Grocers' Hall if you wish. Read more »

Members only event

Patronal Service and Luncheon

This is the annual service held at St Brides Church, when members of the Company and their families come together to remember and celebrate the lives and fellowship of Company members no longer with us, this year on 21st November. Read more »

Features

The Turners’ Consort

The Turners’ Company charity has commissioned a ‘consort’ of eight turned medieval-style recorders. Made by Tim Cranmore, one of the UK’s leading instrument makers, the Turners' Consort will be loaned to the Guildhall School of Music & Drama for teaching and student performances. Read more »

History of church bells

Bells are amongst the smallest, largest and loudest of musical instruments. First cast over 5,000 years ago, bells become common in the medieval monasteries of Europe. In the City of London, the Turners’ Company is closely linked to the bells of St Paul’s Cathedral, Bow Church and St Lawrence Jewry. Read more »

Ghenadi Vasiliev – 2017 Bursary Winner

Ghenadi Vasiliev was awarded a Turners' Company Bursary in 2017. This enabled him to study with four of the world's leading woodturners: Rod Page and Mark Sanger in the UK; and Steve Sinner and Joe Meirhaeghe in the USA. Ghenadi describes his experience in this report. Read more »

About the Company

Company

One of the oldest Livery Companies in the City of London, the Turners’ Company was already a guild in the 12th Century. To this day the Company continues to celebrate and support the ‘art or mysterie’ of turning. Read more »

The Master’s Letter

Andrew Sindall was elected Master Turner on Ascension day, May 30th 2019. He is the 350th Master in an unbroken line going back to the aptly named John Turner in 1604. Read his letter here.... Read more »

The Turner Magazine

The Turner is the annual magazine of the Turners' Company. Subjects include the Company and its members, the craft of turning, educational and charitable activities and the City of London. The July 2019 edition is available to view now online. Read more »

Diary

November 21, 2019
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November 26, 2019
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November 29, 2019
  • Cockpit Arts Open Winter Studios
    November 29, 2019 to December 1, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    at Cockpit Arts, Cockpit Yard, Northington St, Holborn, London WC1N 2NP, UK

December 6, 2019
  • Cockpit Arts Open Winter Studios
    December 6, 2019 to December 8, 2019
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    at Cockpit Arts, Deptford, 18-22 Creekside, Deptford, London SE8 3DZ, UK

December 11, 2019
  • Musicians Carol Service
    December 11, 2019
    6:00 pm - 10:15 pm
    at St Michael Cornhill, St Michael's Alley, London EC3V 9DS, UK

December 16, 2019
  • Livery Dinner
    December 16, 2019
    7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
    at Skinners Hall, 8 Dowgate Hill, London EC4R 2SP, UK

February 11, 2020
  • City Briefings
    February 11, 2020
    5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    at Livery Hall, 71 Basinghall Street, Guildhall, EC2V 5DH

February 26, 2020
March 24, 2020
  • RPT Craft Meeting
    March 24, 2020
    11:00 am - 5:00 pm
    at Skinners Hall, 8 Dowgate Hill, London EC4R 2SP, UK

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