38 Industry insights in total for Craft
Sue Quinn makes teddy bears and sells them around the world. She spoke about how meeting a buyer from Japan opened up a whole new market for her work.
Mike Gadd's job as a taxidermist allows him to combine his love of wildlife with his skills as a sculptor. He spoke about his work.
Sarah James worked as a ceramicist before becoming the director of the Contemporary Craft Fair in Devon. She explains why she contributes more to the craft scene this way, and what new makers need to know when starting their business.
Dovecot Studios is a leading contemporary tapestry studio. Weavers Douglas Grierson and Jonathan Cleaver, and director David Weir, share their perspective on the history and current state of tapestry.
Succeeding in a creative career can be a struggle. For some, the only way to achieve their ambitions is by combining their passion for creativity with a second job.
Bob Hay and Neil MacPhail, two workers at Bagpipes Galore in Edinburgh, describe what it's like to work in a bagpipe store and the challenges faced by people wanting to become a bagpipe maker.
John Birds is a joiner and cabinet maker at the Chatsworth House stately home. His job is anything to do with anything to do with woodwork, joinery and cabinet making.
Cherrell Avery is a calligrapher who is passionate about the visual expression of words. She combines teaching, from beginner to expert, with producing private commissions.
Gail Kelly lives in the countryside in Northern Ireland. By choosing the right trade fairs for her print-making business, she has ensured ongoing orders with buyers in the UK and Ireland.
Gill Burbidge teaches fibrecraft and feltmaking, as well as selling her crafts commercially. She offers her thoughts on what it means to be a craftsperson and gives six pieces of advice for working in a craft career.
Gareth Neal is a furniture designer and maker who rose to prominence for his traditional furniture with contemporary exteriors. He discusses his career and reflects on the furniture making industry.
Gregory Gyllenship gave up a successful career in the City of London to make and design teddy bears. He spoke about how he achieved international standing for his creative career.
NEDay Crafts is a craft business in the North East offering workshops, activity kits and online tutorials. NEDay’s Managing Director, Vicky Lloyd, spoke about the challenges of running your own craft business.
Nic Harrison is a potter. He describes the challenges he faced when starting out, and the stumbling blocks for the ceramicists of tomorrow.
Is it important to pass on craft skills? Wendy Shorter, founder of an upholstery and soft furnishing training centre, says it's imperative. She explains how she came to teach and why.
Melissa Cole is an artist blacksmith, who designs and makes products from metal using traditional blacksmithing techniques.
There’s no time like the present to start following your ambitions. So stop adding to your ‘to do’ list and start putting the plans you already have into action.
Mike Anderson founded Starfish Designs after making a traditional Scottish harp for his daughter. Now he sells instruments worldwide and spoke about how he achieved this business success.
Tony Dew wanted to work with wood. But he didn’t just want to accept any kind of wood work, so it was rocking horses or nothing. Find out what attracted him to revive an old craft.
Rolf Dragsta has been a piano tuner and technician for over 40 years. Here he shares some thoughts on the the profession, including why these skills are becoming increasingly sought after. You can also see him in action in this short film.
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