After three levels of judging I have become a Queens scholar!
QEST is a group funding over 130 different crafts to help people further study and improve their skills, it is the queens scholarship trust but this is the first year she is becoming a patron.
I am honoured to have master enamellers and craftsmen Phil Barnes, Fred Rich and Jane Short agree to take me on for this, this training should help hugely in forwarding my career and allow me the knowledge to teach the next generation.
A scholarship is additionally seen as a stamp of excellence that differentiates these craftspeople as exemplary makers. Many QEST Scholars have continued on to become leaders in their field such as Rod Kelly (goldsmith and silversmith); Shem Mackey (musical instrument maker) and Gary Drostle (mosaic artist).