The Worshipful Company of Turners

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News

A Sizzling Summer Reception

At the Company Summer Reception in July, in the beautiful courtyard of Apothecaries' Hall, members enjoyed fine wine and canapés before being enthralled by Carlyn Lindsay, renowned designer and maker in wood, demonstrating her unique skills on a lathe. Read more »

Supporting woodturning for young people

As part of East Herts Club’s programme of introducing young people to woodturning, over half a dozen members of East Herts, Cambridge and Middlesex woodturners together with an Orchard Woodturner spent a very hot Friday in an empty marquee converting it to a hands-on woodturning venue.  Read more »

Golfing success at Hartley Witney

The Turners’ Golf section posted good results at the annual Ray Jeffs Cup, held at Hartley Witney Golf Course on July 26th.  This is an inter-livery competition held with the primary purpose of raising funds for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, London Section. Read more »

2018 Competitions — View, Love, Buy

View, Love, Buy 2018

An outstanding show of art and craftsmanship for one day only on Tuesday 27 November; at Carpenters Hall, City of London. Many works will be for sale - to collect, display and give as presents. Tickets are free and can be ordered in advance. Read more »

Turning Competitions 2018

The Worshipful Company of Turners has announced its 2018 Competitions. Judging takes place on Monday 26 November. All entries and winners will be displayed - and many will be for sale - at the free 'View Love, Buy' show at Carpenters’ Hall in the City of London the next day (Tuesday 27 November). Read more »

Wizardry in Wood 2016

Held every 4 years, showcasing beautiful original works by over 70 of the world’s greatest contemporary craftsmen, Wizardry in Wood 2016 also featured the world-class Daniel Collection, the winners and entries to the Turners' Company's 2016 Competitions and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew collection. Read more »

Public events

Joey Richardson exhibits at Society of Designer Craftsmen

The Society of Designer Craftsmen are celebrating 130 years with their Summer Exhibition, Hand of the Maker, to be held at Chelsea College of Art and Design, from 12th to 21st July 2018. Liveryman and QEST Scholar Joey Richardson, renowned for her delicate and richly hued wood forms, is exhibiting. Read more »

New Mills for Turnabout

This is the latest salt and pepper mill designed by Louise Hibbert, Wizardry In Wood 2016 exhibitor and competition winner. If you are travelling to the States between January and March next year, you will be able to see her work on display at the Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville, Tennessee. Read more »

Eleanor Lakelin selected for Homo Faber, Venice

Turners' Cockpit Arts Award winner, Eleanor Lakelin has been selected by The Michelangelo Foundation for Homo Faber in Venice. This is an inspiring exhibition of rare craftsmanship, encounter master artisans and discover their multifaceted know-how through live demonstrations and virtual technology. Read more »

Members' events

Members only event

Livery Luncheon

The Master and Wardens would like to invite Company Liverymen to the annual Company Livery Luncheon on Tuesday 2nd October 2018. This is an informal lunch for Liverymen and their guests and an ideal time to introduce potential new members to the Company. Read more »

Members only event

Not Burns Night Supper

The Social Committee is delighted to invite members to an informal mid-year Burns Supper at the famous Boisdale Restaurant in Victoria. The date is Tuesday 25th September, which aficionados will recognise as exactly 6 months before/after Robert Burns’ birthday (he’s 260 next year). Read more »

Members only event

St Paul’s Bells Recital

Mezzo-soprano Karen Logan with accompanist Alex Aitken, will perform a programme of songs entitled ‘England through the Seasons’, on Thursday September 6th at 7.30 pm in Apothecaries' Hall, in aid of the Turners' Company St Paul's Bells Appeal, followed by a drinks reception. 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

David Batchelor was elected Master Turner on Ascension day, May 10th 2018. He is the 349th person to be Master and possibly the first Man of Kent under our Charter of 1604. "I think shock and awe are the best ways to express my feelings". 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 2018 and earlier editions (2014-2017) are hosted on Issuu for easy on-line viewing. Read more »

Diary

September 6, 2018
  • St Pauls Bells Recital
    September 6, 2018
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    at The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, Black Friars Ln, London EC4V 6EJ, UK

September 14, 2018
  • Eleanor Lakelin exhibits in Venice
    September 14, 2018 to September 30, 2018
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    at San Giorgio Maggiore, 30100 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

September 18, 2018
September 25, 2018
  • Not Burns Night
    September 25, 2018
    6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    at Boisdale of Belgravia, 15 Eccleston St, Belgravia, London SW1W 9LX, UK

September 27, 2018
September 30, 2018
October 1, 2018
October 2, 2018
  • Livery Luncheon
    October 2, 2018
    12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    at The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, Black Friars Ln, London EC4V 6EJ, UK

October 4, 2018
  • Handmade at Kew
    October 4, 2018 to October 7, 2018
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    at Kew, Richmond TW9, UK

October 12, 2018
  • Max Carey Turning Weekend
    October 12, 2018 to October 14, 2018
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    at Max Carey Woodturning Trust, 35 High St, Portishead, Bristol BS20 6AA, UK

November 9, 2018
  • Handmade Chelsea
    November 9, 2018 to November 11, 2018
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    at Chelsea, London, UK

November 15, 2018

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