Many of us will have our first experiences of making at a very young age, perhaps being taught to knit or sew, or making simple pots from clay in the early years at school. The desire to create objects which can be both practical and are an object of beauty has long been an important part of many cultures across the world.
Crafts encompass a wide range of materials and techniques from traditional to contemporary and are highly innovative in style and design.
Crafts can be studied for both pleasure and/or as a career. Whether it is a weekend workshop on hat making or a four-year degree in silversmithing and jewellery, being able to create is such an important part of who we are and is a fundamental means of expression.
To check out what’s happening in Scotland on the crafts scene visit craftscotland where you will find:
- information on exhibitions, galleries and workshops
- interviews with craftmakers
- reviews of exhibitions and events
- listing of crafts people working across Scotland.
In Scotland there are five main art colleges which offer crafts-based courses:
a-n lists opportunities and provides guidance for artists in the UK.
The Cultural Enterprise Office offers business development services for creative industries in Scotland.