The Worshipful Company of Turners

Supporting the Craft, City and Charity for over four hundred years

Taking a leading role in the renaissance of the craft, the Company and its Charity support a wide range of educational, training and professional activities, often through the provision of lathes, tools and training on a long-term basis. Part of the programme is focused on schools caring for children with special needs.

The Turners’ Company provides Bursaries for emerging turners, some working in creative hubs such as Cockpit Arts in London, and is collaborating in the development and promotion of new Turning Qualifications. The Company played a key role in establishing the Register of Professional Turners and continues to work closely with the RPT and other turning organisations.

Turners’ Company Bursaries

The Bursaries are awarded every two years.The next awards will be made in 2019 and applications can now be submitted.

Turning Qualifications

The Turners’ Company has been closely involved in the development of turning qualifications, including the:

  • Certificate in Turning
  • Diploma in Turning

The Turners’ Company has also made three Master in Turning Awards, to:

Cockpit Arts

Rafael Santoliquido is the latest winner (2018) of the Cockpit Arts / Turners’ Company Award.

Darren Appiagyei won the Award in 2018.

Eleanor Lakelin was also a previous winner of the Cockpit Arts / Turners’ Company Award.

More about Cockpit Arts and the Award:

Building Crafts College Awards

The Company sponsors annual awards at the Building Crafts College in Stratford to recognise the student who is assessed as the best turner and also the student who is regarded as having made the most progress in turning during the year.

Youth Training Programme

The Company supports the youth training initiatives of the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain (AWGB) by funding pupils on day or weekend courses. Click here for further information on the AWGB Youth Turners Training Days.

Grants are also made to woodturning clubs to develop youth sections and to train instructors from those clubs to give woodturning classes to scouts.

Register of Professional Turners

The Register of Professional Turners (RPT) was formed by the Turners’ Company in 1983, composed of turners who offer a service of professional quality to the public, and whose work, prior to admission, has been approved by competent assessors as being of good quality. Although the RPT is now an organization independent of the Company, it still benefits from considerable support of the Company. For example, the appointment of assessors is approved by the Howe Committee, the members of the RPT are permitted to wear a Company emblem (but not the full Company Arms) on their smock, and the Company has at least one representative on the RPT Management Committee. A member of the RPT Management Committee sits on the Howe Committee.

The RPT also receives practical support from the Company. The Clerk of the Turners Company is Honorary Treasurer of the RPT while the Assistant Clerk is the Honorary Secretary. In addition, in the spring of each year, the Company sponsors the RPT AGM and Craft Day which members of the Company are also welcome to attend.

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