The Worshipful Company of Turners

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Danielle Flowers, 2017 Bursary Award Winner

The Worshipful Company of Turners Bursary Awards

For 2017, the Turners Company offered bursaries worth up to a combined value of £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.

The next bursary awards will take place in 2019.  Applications must be received by the Turners’ Company by close of business on Friday 17 May 2019.  Those invited for interview will be notified by Friday 7 June 2019.  We expect interviews to be held during June 2019 and those selected will be informed very shortly thereafter.  For further information on the rules, and how to apply, please click on the following links:

Bursary Awards 2019 – Invitation to apply

Bursary Awards 2019 – Entry Form

Bursary Awards Winners 2017

Darren Breeze

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 Dilley

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.


Danielle Flowers

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 Johnston

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 Reid

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 Vasiliev

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 Burnett morning mizzleSally Burnett

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 Cook Natural Edged Yew BowlEmma Cook

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 Wright natural edged African Blackwood bowl with Ebony finialMaggie Wright

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 Turner porcpinpotref1_400x300Jean Turner

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 Fortune Sweet Chestnut and leather hollow formAndy Fortune

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 Rounthwaite 1Andy Rounthwaite

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

Joseph Bloor

Kevin Garwood

John Turner

Michael Hanbury

Matthew Corbishley

John Fells

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

Timmy Cooper

Jason Breach

David Bracken

Paul Jones

Bursary Award Winners 2009

Leon Lewis

Nick Agar

Rosemary Wright

Sarah Thirlwell

Simon Hope

Tracy Owen

Bursary Award Winners 2007

Leslie Thorne

Margaret Garrard

Susan Harker


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.

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