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QEST JOHNNIE WALKER SCHOLAR
QEST HOWDENS SCHOLAR
Craig Struthers founded Struthers London with his wife and fellow watchmaker Rebecca. They offer bespoke watchmaking and restoration, recommission heritage movements rescued from the bullion industry as modern timepieces and are working on their first in-house movement. Craig has the skills of a master watchmaker, but concern for the vanishing trade of case making (the few remaining makers are sole traders approaching retirement) has prompted him to devote time to learning with Adam Phillips,
whose wealth of knowledge gathered over 30 years as a goldsmith would otherwise be lost. “Already having experience in the field will allow me to refine the skills - joint making, soldering, machining and finishing - relatively quickly and put them to use watch case making from sheet precious metals in our workshop, and in the future train apprentices.”
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Hannah Tounsend creates vessel forms that express the layered landscapes of the British coastline. Marks, lines and diffuse colours are built up, cut through and dissolved away referencing the endless remaking of the shore.
“Becoming the pioneer of this new craft making methodology and extending its parameters through postgraduate study will move my career into an exciting new phase and contribute to excellence in the British craft industry.”
To achieve this effect, Hannah has developed a unique technique combining the traditional ceramic disciplines of throwing and slip casting. This has huge artistic potential, which the QEST Howdens Scholarship will enable Hannah to explore during an MPhil at the Royal College of Art.
CARA LOUISE WALKER QEST PENHALIGON’S SCHOLAR GLASS BLOWING, CASTING & SILVERSMITHING
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Winner of the London Glassblowing Award for Emerging Talent in 2015, Cara Louise Walker is now midway through the Master of Fine Arts programme in Glass at Edinburgh College of Art. With the QEST Penhaligon’s Scholarship covering her final year tuition fees, Cara Louise can focus fully on using traditional methods and new technologies to investigate how glass behaves in combination with materials such as metal and stone, and further develop her skills in glass casting.
“The glass community in the UK is small, but very supportive and has inspired me to work towards opening my own studio in Glasgow. My course electives include business skills, which will be vital to this and becoming a wellknown designer maker and future teacher.”
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