Mary Ashton – Profile

Mary’s woodturning journey initially began in the 1980’s whilst taking part in a course at the Bristol Women’s Workshop. It was there that she discovered her affinity for working with wood and was consequently encouraged by her tutor to further study and pursue a career teaching woodwork. Having left school at the age of fifteen, with virtually no qualifications, she had previously had a very varied work life which included cook, white van driver and driving instructor.

Mary eventually felt that she had found her niche in life and took the advice seriously going on to study both Fine Furniture and Wood machining to Advanced level at City of Bristol College. Later returning as an instructor on the Furniture course.

Register of Professional Turners (RPT)

Mary was assessed by The Worshipful Company of Turners and accepted onto the Register of Professional Turners in August 2009. Since then she have gained more recognition for her woodturning, tutoring and demonstration skills. In September 2012 she was invited to demonstrate at the National Woodturning Seminar in Ireland which was a fantastic experience.

My Woodturning seems to be moving down the decorative route at present i.e. colouring, texturing, and carving. Given more time I would like to make more intricate, delicate, artistic and challenging projects.