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Future Goals

This time of year, with its slight lull in between Christmas and Hogmanay, and the cold days of January, many of us designer makers are looking to the year ahead. Goal setting and deciding which shows to apply for. What galleries to aim to be in. What new ranges or … Read more


Business Blues

Many people, outside the professional craft world, see what we do as a gentle, highly enjoyable and stress-free lifestyle choice. Occasionally this might be true but usually my reality is far from it.

How I would love to spend my time sitting around dreaming up fabulous, fresh, new creations! However, … Read more


Craft and the Internet

Here you are, sitting at a computer, reading about craft on the internet. You can’t feel it’s texture or temperature, walk around it to look at the back or lift it up to feel it’s weight. You cant even smell it. It’s all on a screen. So why are you … Read more


Collect at the Saatchi Gallery

Having been held in the V & A for it’s first 5 years Collect moved to the Saatchi Gallery in London this year and an exciting and interesting event it was.

Collect was set up by the Crafts Council to promote and sell contemporary craftwork to private collectors and curators … Read more


Hard times are times to get creative

No matter what the specialism, we artists are suffering along with all small businesses right now, in these economically challenging times.
It’s not all doom and gloom though. We might be worried about banks, slow markets or cash flow problems, but as this unpredictability is also good for focusing the … Read more


Dazzle me to!

“Dazzle” one of the UK`s leading exhibitors of exciting and innovative modern contemporary jewellery seems to be going from strength to strength. Established in 1981 the Dazzle events are now held in Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Manchester. Only the highest caliber of maker are invited to be showcased with prices … Read more


“Craft”,Help or Hindrance?.

Skill, tradition, hobby, pastimes, high quality, low quality and a plethora of cultural pre-conceptions, good and bad, embody “Craft”. To cover all the facets of the applied arts in one umbrella term is complicated if not an impossible task, but all too often “Craft” has been used. But is “Craft” … Read more