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Barnaby Ash QEST Scholar 2022

2022 QEST Turners’ Company Scholar – Woodturning
East Sussex

We are delighted to announce Barnaby Ash is the latest Turners’ Company QEST Scholar. Barnaby set up business with his partner Dru Plumb in 2020, and quickly drew the Company’s attention to his creative and unique work. The Company were very happy to support his application for a QEST scholarship and are delighted with Barnaby’s success.

The scholarship will fund further training with Phil Irons, Ghenadi Vasiliev and Alain Mailland, so that Barnaby can explore the refining of his freehand hollowing process at scale, the use of deep hollowing jigs for the turning of extremely deep vessels as well as combining these turned forms with complex sculptural carving techniques to create more elaborate and ambitious works.

The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship trust (QEST) funds the education of talented and aspiring craftspeople through traditional colleges, apprenticeships or one-to-one training. The Royal Warrant Holders Association created these scholarships in 1990, funded through a new charity which marked the 150th anniversary of the Association and the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.

The Worshipful Company of Turners, one of ten Livery Companies who support the Trust, has sponsored a number of aspiring turners through QEST, and they have benefited greatly from the training, raised profile and valuable networking opportunities that the awards bring.

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