The Turners' Company were at the Harrogate woodworking show in mid November, supporting the Register of Professional Turners. RPT members were not only manning their stand and promoting both the Register and the Company, but were also demonstrating on a number of commercial stands.
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.
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.
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.
Liveryman and Master Turner Reg Hawthorne has again kindly donated a beautiful turned box in aid of the British Red Cross. This is available now for bidding on the online auction and will be available to view at the Guildhall Christmas Market on 25 to 26 November 2019.
Following on from the hugely successful exhibition at the Nature in Art Gallery, Gloucester, the 120 pieces from the Ray Key collaboration by turners from five continents, are now available online to buy. This unique auction is open now, and will end on 13th October 2019 at 8.20 pm.
The Inter Livery Clay Shooting Competition took place at Holland & Holland over two days. Prior to commencing the day the organisers announced that they had introduced a new prize called ‘The Glorious 12th’ and to everyone’s delight and surprise, the Turners' team won this prestigious prize.
Bursary award winner Miriam Jones recently used some of her award to spend a couple of days with professional turner Les Symonds.
The Master, Andrew Sindall recently enjoyed a day at Camjam 19, where young people were given the chance to learn to turn on a lathe. Camjam is an activity camp for scouts and guides, and thanks to the AWGB and local woodturning clubs, around 250 children at the camp tried their hand at woodturning.
An excellent Golf Day was enjoyed by members and guests at Beaconsfield Golf Club on Tuesday 9th July. The weather held fair, the course was in great condition, and catering very good indeed.
The book catalogues the collaboration project of part turned pieces from the late Ray Key's workshop which were sent to turners around the world to finish in their own style. The auction to purchase items is now live.
Many congratulations to Arturo Soto, the 2019 / 20 winner of the Turners' Cockpit Arts award. Arturo will take up residence shortly, and will have access to turning equipment as well as benefiting from on-site mentoring from Cockpit staff. He turns with only waste and reclaimed materials.
A very successful Election Court and Dinner was held on May 30th 2019 in Apothecaries' Hall. It saw the appointment of Andrew Sindall elected as Master Turner; Melissa Scott, Upper Warden; Matthew Gaved, Renter Warden; David Batchelor became Deputy Master; and Nigel Luson, Master's Steward
Many congratulations to all the winners of the Worshipful Company of Turners bursary award for 2019. This year, the Company received an unprecedented amount of entries, and competition was very strong. The panel therefore had some difficult decisions to make.
Rafael Santoliquido was recently invited to participate at the Suspiro (Gasp) exhibition at the Brazilian Gallery, Marcelo Auge in São Paulo. Supported by the Turners and Cockpit Arts, Rafael Santoliquido was the only international Brazilian artist invited to exhibit.
Members and their guests enjoyed a fabulous night at Grocers' Hall for their spring dinner. This was the first time the Company had held a dinner at Grocers' Hall, and it provided a splendid venue.
The Master, David Batchelor, and The Clerk, Alex Robertson would like to thank all who helped them raise in excess of £2,500 in aid of youth training in the craft of woodturning. Here is a report of their skydive...
On Wednesday 8th May 2019, the Master Turner, David Batchelor, has decided to celebrate the near completion of his year in office by throwing himself out of a perfectly serviceable aircraft at 13,500 feet. The Clerk, Alex Robertson, will join him on the major 'down!'
A team led by Paster Master Nic Somers established a new record for the Turners contribution to the Lord Mayor's Big Curry Lunch held at the Guildhall on 4th April. Grateful thanks go also to Gary Rance and Reg Hawthorne who turned the gift for HRH Prince Harry.
On Monday 1st April, the Mistress Turner, Mrs Lesley Batchelor welcomed 50 guests, all consorts from across the Livery, to a turning demonstration and tea party at the Dutch Church in London. Liveryman Les Thorne gave an entertaining and informative presentation and demonstration.