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QEST gives £193,8000 to 23 exemplary craftspeople

The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) has awarded £193,800 this summer, bringing the total given during 2013 to a magnificent £356,400. These funds provide on-going education for craftsmen and women, either in colleges, apprenticeships or one-to-one with Master Craftsmen and thus ensures the continuation of the pool of talent in the UK and reflects the excellence of British craftsmanship as symbolised by the Royal Warrant of Appointment.

QEST was endowed by the Royal Warrant Holders Association to advance education in modern and traditional crafts and trades in the UK. Scholarships of up to £18,000 are open to men and women of all ages and are awarded twice a year. Since 1991, the Trust has awarded £2,231,900 to 319 craftsmen and women aged between 17 and 50+ to develop their skills through study, training and work experience. All the recipients will be presented with their certificates at a luncheon in central London in June 2014.

This summer, twenty-three talented artisans were awarded funds to further their knowledge and practical application in crafts that included ceramics, iconography; jewellery design; textiles and weaving; side saddlery; silversmithing and stonemasonry. Conservation was well represented, in terms of easel painting conservation; books and paper, stained glass, wood and stone conservation. One might consider Ben Short to be part of the conservation list, as a woodsman he preserves the rural landscape and with his QEST funding, he will join the select list of just 300 charcoal burners that remain in this country. [A full list of new scholars with images:
Two scholars have seen how diversifying from their crafts in fashion could benefit a wider audience by incorporating the wellbeing aspect of shoe and wig making. Ruth Emily Davey will use part of her funding to gain further understanding of the anatomy of the foot; her riding boots of the future will help to heal problem feet and Gail Cooper, a skilled special effects designer in film and television, can help patients requiring hair replacement.

Twenty-three Scholars were awarded by QEST this summer and a full list can be viewed at www.qest.org.uk NEW SCHOLARS:

(4Cool Stained Glass Designer & Maker - £1,000

Chris has been working with stained glass since 1987 and has become an adept craftsman, designer, fabricator and installer of stained & decorative glass as well as being practised in aspects of conservation glazing whilst working and training with Goddard & Gibbs Studios Ltd. and Chapel Studio Ltd. He is currently with Philip Bradbury Glass where he oversees the design, production, repair and restoration of all stained glass work, as well as being involved with the design and production of decorative etched glass work.

The scholarship will enable Chris to attend two specialist courses at Swansea Metropolitan University: the Glass Painting Workshop and the Silver Stain & Enamel Workshop. Both courses will encourage him to develop his glass painting skills and expand his practice.

TOM VOWDEN - QEST Eranda Scholar
(24) Stained Glass Conservator - £15,000

Tom Vowden studied archaeology at University of Manchester and is currently a Heritage Lottery Funded Intern at The York Glaziers’ Trust supporting the conservation of the Great East Window of York Minister. The QEST scholarship will enable him to attend the MA in Stained Glass Conservation and Heritage Management at the University of York. This educational award will ensure that Tom advances the skills currently learnt and expands his knowledge of stained glass conservation, thus progressing his career in a profession dealing with a fragile historic material.

QEST, the charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association, was established in 1990 with money contributed by its members, to mark the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Association. The Trustees look for well thought out projects, which will contribute to the pool of talent in the UK and reflect the excellence of British craftsmanship as symbolised by the Royal Warrant of Appointment.

Applications for the Spring intake must be completed online by the 22nd January 2014 at www.qest.org.uk
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