The Worshipful Company of Turners Bursary Awards
For 2019, the Turners Company offered bursaries worth up to a combined value of just over £10,000 to assist talented woodturners to develop their craft skills and to move to a higher level of achievement. The awards were open to UK resident turners whose work is well regarded by their peers and who could put forward a clear plan of how the award will advance their work, expand the boundaries of the craft of turning and raise the profile of the craft. This year, there were an unprecedented amount of applicants, and the panel had to make some difficult decisions. The lucky recipients for the 2019 award are as follows:
Bursary Award Winners 2019
Jonnie is currently a senior designer at a manufacturer of business furniture. He has a passion for manufacturing processes, efficiencies and environmentally responsible design. He was self taught from aged 11, and admires Glenn Lucas who has fused traditional craft with efficient modern production. The Company have awarded Jonnie a bursary for training with Glenn Lucas. His mentor throughout the process is professional turner Simon Hope.
At just 19 years of age, inspired by his enthusiasm and drive, Joe is our youngest ever bursary award winner. In 2017 he became the youngest registered AWGB approved tutor at 17 years old. In 2018 he signed a lease on his own workshop and has been giving demonstrations and tutoring. Joe will use his award for further tuition to help develop his style. His mentor throughout the process is Liveryman and professional turner Les Thorne.
Miriam studied 3D design at University and set up her own business in Wales whilst studying for her Masters. Farming and the Welsh language are inspirations for her work, which combines wood with wool and thread etched with Welsh poetry. She is self taught, and has spent one day learning with Les Symonds. The panel loved Miriam’s work and are keen to help support the development of her business, and therefore awarded Miriam a bursary for further tuition. Her mentor will be Court Assistant and professional turner Joey Richardson.
Richard is a self taught wood artist, who is keen to develop his own skills and raise awareness of the medium of wood in a similar way to that of glass and ceramics. He is self employed, overseeing the running of Bole the Gallery in the West of Scotland. He won first prize in the Felix Levy category of the 2018 Turners’ Company turning competitions. Richard will use his bursary award for a gilding course to refine and develop his ability in this field. His mentor will be Court Assistant Christopher Scott.
Adrian left teaching in 2015 to become a full-time pole lathe turner, including teaching and tool making. He has taught in excess of 200 individuals in the last 2 years, built lathes and taught others to forge their own turning hook tools. Bowl turning is on the Radcliffe Red List of endangered crafts, but is currently seeing a healthy resurgence, and Adrian would like to encourage this. He has been focussed on teaching craft and would now like to return to developing his own skills as a turner and craftsman, and in turn, share what he learns through his teaching. He is newly elected Chairman of the APTGW. The Company have awarded Adrian a bursary to undertake the training he applied for and to seek some product photography tuition. His mentor for the award is Liveryman and professional turner Jon Warwicker.
Jason 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. The panel liked Jason’s experimental resin techniques, and provided an award to help pursue his interest and to help develop his website. His mentor is Liveryman and professional turner Patricia Spero.
Matt has been turning since he was 11 years old and has attended many youth turning events. He is studying product design and technology at Loughborough University and is currently undertaking the ‘year in enterprise’ scheme which supports setting up a business. In 2018 he won the first prize in the Worshipful Company of Turners turning competitions in the AWGB plain turning junior category, and through this also won a commission to produce approximately 90 more of his winning piece for another Livery Company! The panel very much like his work, and keen to support his development, awarded Matt a bursary for training with Mark Hancock and Nick Agar. His mentor is Liveryman and professional turner Les Thorne.
Matthew has been greenwood turning for 20 years, teaching in schools, local fairs and council run events. He would like to reverse the declining contact with physical making in schools today. He set up a charcoal forge to make the specialist tools needed for this type of turning, and helped set up the Northern Bowl festival which brings together teachers from around the country. The panel very much liked Matthew’s work, and his enthusiasm for teaching, and awarded a bursary for Matthew to train in particular with Robin Wood for nesting techniques. Matthew’s mentor is Liveryman and professional turner Katie Abbott.
Bursary Awards Winners 2017
Darren runs his woodturning business from his home address in Suffolk. He produces a huge range of items catering for all tastes and pockets, from personalised trinkets, artistic and utliltarian items, to architecutral or interior designed pieces. He won first prize in the Company Plain Turning Competition at Wizardry in Wood 2016. The Company have awarded Darren a bursary for training with Les Thorne, and help with marketing and web design for his business.
John was introduced to woodturning as therapy following a serious accident. Having benefited so much from woodturning himself, he would like to help others in rehabilitation centres by teaching woodturning. His ultimate goal is to become professional. The Company will be providing funding for training with Jason Breach and the purchase of some necessary portable turning equipment which John will be able to take to Youth Centres and Rehabilitation Centres.
A graduate of Cardiff School of Art and Design, Danielle is in her first year of establishing her own business, specialising in handcrafted, woodturned home decor, using sustainably felled native timber. She has a strong desire to give back to the community and pass on knowledge to the next generations and would like to offer woodturning classes. She was recently selected as Emerging Designer Maker to exhibit at Living Crafts. The Turners bursary will fund training for Danielle at Ecole Escoulen, France, and enable her to have a professionally produced film of her demonstrating the creative process of her work.
Paul has been self employed since 2014 and works from a converted garage. He has had items featured in Homes and Gardens, Homes and Antiques magazines, and was featured Artist of the Month in Woodturning Magazine January 2017. Paul has also made commissions for designers in New York and for 2 films, and sells his work around the world from his online shop. Paul would like training to make more artistic and unusual pieces of work, and will use his bursary award for training with Phil Irons in hollowing and colouring.
Frazer trained as a furniture maker and has a workshop in Fife Scotland. He was winner of the Theo Paphetis Small Business Sundays 2017. Frazer is mostly self taught and would like tuition to incorporate more turning into his furniture. The Company are funding Frazer’s tuition with Stuart Mortimer.
Ghenadi started turning in 2015. He joined the AWGB and entered the Turners Company Wizardry in Wood Competitions in 2016. The Company are happy to fund Ghenadi’s training with Steve Sinner, a deep hollowing expert in the USA, and the purchase of some necessary turning equipment.
Bursary Award Winners 2015
Sally is a turner of ‘green’ English native wood. Her ambition is to become a full time professional maker and have more work accepted in galleries. A former ceramicist who has produced some really outstanding work that was noted at Loughborough by a major collector, she also has ideas for applying certain guilding techniques to her work. Main award winner.
Emma has proved a good ambassador in North of England and has been chosen to demonstrate at Harrogate. Her turning incorporates setting for crystal and semiprecious stone and her skill in wood carving. The Company will support her travel to the AAW seminar in Atlanta.
Maggie took up woodturning when she retired from teaching in 2000, and has been Chairman of Wealden Woodturners since 2001. She finds woodturning life enhancing, and enjoys promoting the art through talks. Maggie is a past competition winner who is working at bringing an ornamental lathe back into working order and will make a DVD of the story.
Jean captured the interest of the judges with a plan to have made a special jig that would enable her to perfect the turning of a three-sided form. She has already developed the technique sufficiently to support the idea.
Andy began turning full time in 2012, giving up his job as a plumber and his business has gone from strength to strength. He has developed a range of Chestnut finishing products, and has demonstrated at the Ideal Home Show. Andy will further his knowledge by attending some recommended turning courses. The loan of a lathe to Andy is also being planned.
Andy started turning after being diagnosed with MS and has spent the last 15yrs teaching, producing and demonstrating. Woodturning has been a lifeline for Andy, and the Company would like to help Andy further his knowledge and techniques by supporting his attendance on some recommended turning courses. The loan of a lathe to Andy is also being planned.
Bursary Award Winners 2013
The bursary has enabled the winners to attend training courses, seminars, and some have also purchased or loaned equipment. Michael Hanbury attended a 3 week training course at the Escoulen School of Turning in France as a result of his bursary win. Further information about these winners can be found on page 15 of the Summer 2013 issue of The Turner.
Bursary Award Winners 2011
Bursary Award Winners 2009
Bursary Award Winners 2007
If you have been inspired to try your hand at woodturning, visit the Register of Professional Turners website where you will find a UK wide list of dedicated turners, teachers and demonstrators.