38 Industry insights in total for Craft

Each instrument is made by one person from start to finish.

Making musical instruments

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.

Ikuko Iwamoto is a designer-maker whose work is inspired by her Japanese heritage.

Award-winning ceramic designs

Ikuko Iwamoto is a designer-maker, creating beautiful ceramic pieces from her tiny London studio. Since starting out in Japan, she has acquired masterly skills in her craft, an uncompromising and painstakingly hand-made processes.

Each bear takes about 30 hours to make.

Teddy bear maker

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.

Retail assistant Samantha is also an illustrative artist.

Managing the day job

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.

Jen Davies is part of the Creative Glass Guild in Bristol.

Surviving as a glass artist

Jen Davies is part of the Creative Glass Guild in Bristol. She spoke to Choices about her work as a glass artist, and how a creative business can survive in tough times.

A career as a furniture maker

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.

Karen Arthur balances a full-time career as a teacher with her passion for making handbags.

Stay focused on your career

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.

Become a basketmaker

How do you master a hand skilled craft? Mary Butcher is a basketmaker, teacher and President of the Basketmakers’ Association. She offered 6 tips to pursue a career in basketmaking.

Working as a piano technician

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.

6 tips for being a gallery curator

Héloïse Parke is the curator of The Aram Gallery, one of London’s only non-commercial contemporary design galleries. She offers six pieces of advice for working as a gallery curator.

Gail Kelly designs and produces table linen. Photography/styling by abigail*ryan.

5 tips for trade fairs

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.

John Birds is a joiner and cabinet maker at Chatsworth House.

A career in woodwork

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.

A creative journey in stained glass

Daniel and Deborah Burke run Lightworks Stained Glass from a compact studio in the historic market town of Clitheroe. They shared their experiences of running and developing a creative industry business.

Bagpipes Galore play instruments for customers when they come in.

A career in bagpipe making

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.

Sue Quinn's handmade bears are sold to collectors around the world.

Selling handmade toys

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.

A tapestry weaver's day could involve sitting at the loom all day, just simply weaving.

Being a tapestry weaver

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.

Wendy has won many awards and is also Director of Training for the Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers.

A career in furnishings

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.

Gill's specialism is nuno feltmaking. She has developed the concept of including beloved family lace into wearable works of art.

Advice for a craft career

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.

Nic Harrison is a potter and describes the challenges he faced when starting out.

A career in ceramics

Nic Harrison is a potter. He describes the challenges he faced when starting out, and the stumbling blocks for the ceramicists of tomorrow.

Melissa Cole 1 Photo Mark Somerville © 2011

Working as a blacksmith artist

Melissa Cole is an artist blacksmith, who designs and makes products from metal using traditional blacksmithing techniques.

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