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Turners’ Company Cockpit Arts Award winner announced

We are pleased to announce that Jason Lock has received the 2020 Turners’ Company award at Cockpit Arts, the country’s leading business incubation centre for craftspeople. Jason, from Colchester, specialises in turning wood and resin combinations.

 

He will receive business coaching from tutors at Cockpit Arts, as well as mentoring from other craftspeople and opportunities to exhibit.


About Jason

 

Jason Lock was working as a site carpenter until a life changing accident left him in a wheelchair. He was taught basic woodturning skills at a carpentry course and has been working to develop his own woodturning business. Mostly self-taught, his passion is unique mixed resin and wooden art forms.

How I learnt

Back in the day I received an NVQ level 2 and 3, plus a City & Guilds in carpentry. I learned woodturning in college, which was over 20 years ago, before the power tools came into it.

I had to teach myself how to create bowls and vases. Going from contract tradesman to progressing in my hobby craft, I’ve enjoyed the journey, making my first piece 10 years ago for my nan. Overcoming the frustrations of learning to wood turn sitting down, which is different to how people would teach, they would teach me wrong simply because they would be standing up. So I just got on with it and did it….

Find out more about Jason and see his gallery of work on his website.


About Cockpit Arts

Cockpit Arts is London’s leading studios for contemporary crafts and the UK’s only business incubator for makers and designers. We are home to over 140 independent creative businesses at our sites in Deptford and Holborn. Through public showcases and business incubation services, we provide exceptional makers and materials-based artists with the tools to succeed. Many of the artists and makers based at Cockpit are recognised internationally as leaders in their field.

Established in 1986, Cockpit is an award-winning social enterprise, recognised in 2019 on the NatWest SE100 index of top UK social enterprises and an accredited London Living Wage employer.

To find out more about Cockpit Arts, more bursary opportunities and events, please visit their website.


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