Skills in the Making

Links and resources

Craft and design theory books

Adamson, G. (Ed.) (2010), The Craft Reader. London: Berg

Adamson, G. (2007), Thinking through Craft. London: Palgrave Macmillan

Britton Newell, L. (2008), Out of the Ordinary: Spectacular Craft. London: V&A

Dormer, P. (ed.) (1997), The Culture of Craft. Manchester University Press

Dormer, P. (1994), The Art of the Maker: Skill and its Meaning in Art, Craft and Design. London: Thames and Hudson

Frayling, C. (Ed.) (1991), Beyond the Dovetail: Craft, Skill and Imagination. London: Crafts Council

Greenhalgh, P. (Ed.) (2002), The Persistence of Craft. London: A&C Black

Harrod, T. (ed.) (1997), Obscure Objects of Desire: Reviewing the crafts in the twentieth century. University of East Anglia & Crafts Council

McCullough, M. (1996), Abstracting Craft: The Practiced Digital Hand. London: MIT Press

Papanek, V. (1979), Design for the Real World. London: Paladin

Sennett, R. (2008), The Craftsman. London: Penguin

Williams, G. (2009), Telling Tales: Fantasy and Fear in Contemporary Design. London: V&A

Articles and reports

Clark, G. (2009), 'The Death of Crafts: A Post-modern Post-mortem' in Crafts No. 216 (January/February 2009) pp.48-51

Crafts Council (1998), Learning Through Making: A national enquiry into the value of creative practical education in Britain

Creative & Cultural Skills (2009), The Craft Blueprint

Downing, D. (2005), School Art - What's in it? National Foundation for Education Research

OFSTED (2009), Drawing Together: art, craft and design in schools

Williams, G. (2009), 'Tales of the Unexpected' in Crafts No. 219 (July/August 2009) pp.48-55


The Making: craft development agency that promotes high quality contemporary art, craft and design and inspires new audiences to engage with the art of making. The website has information about 60 contemporary makers and links to their websites, and descriptions of crafts education events in schools and the community.

ArtisanCam: videos of makers and pupils in action, step by step guides to making. A section for includes demonstrations of basket weaving, ceramics, metal sculpture, jewellery and sci/art projects.

Culture 24: information about museums and galleries across the UK: collections, exhibitions and events.

Crafts Council: information on UK crafts and learning programmes at

The Crafts Study Centre, Farnham has a collection and archive of twentieth century British Crafts. On-going exhibition and events programme.

National Association for Gallery Education. Case studies of working with schools in craft galleries and studios: Watch This Space.

National Society for Education in Art and Design. Current issues in Art and Design education, Professional Development opportunities.

The new Teachers TV: an archive of educational films on all subjects including craft and cross curricular work.

Craftspace: Birmingham based organisation with strong educational remit - case studies of school projects.

craft&design: information on contemporary craft galleries near you.


Crafts magazine; produced by the Crafts Council

Crafts collections in museums and galleries

Victoria and Albert Museum international historic and contemporary international crafts

British Museum historic crafts from around the world

Crafts Study Centre Farnham, Surrey

Manchester Art Galleries historic and contemporary craft and design collection

Bowes Museum, County Durham

...and in a local museum near you search Culture 24

Contemporary crafts galleries with changing exhibitions

Contemporary Applied Art, London

Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales

The Bluecoat, Liverpool

The National Heritage Training Group

The National Heritage Training Group (NHTG) is an independent specialist sector skills development group with a UK-wide remit to provide assistance with all aspects of recruiting, training, and qualifying the built heritage sector workforce of the construction industry. This is achieved by working in partnership with clients, heritage bodies, contractors, Trade Federations, Trades Unions and FE and private training providers to develop flexible training and skills development to ensure we have sufficiently skilled craftspeople to work on our UK historic building stock. Our challenge is to meet the skills and training needs of the next five years and beyond.
The National Heritage Training Group

English Heritage

English Heritage exists to make sure the best of the past is kept to enrich our lives today and in the future.
English Heritage

The Heritage Crafts Association

The Heritage Crafts Association is the advocacy body for traditional heritage crafts. Working in partnership with Government and key agencies, it provides a focus for craftspeople, groups, societies and guilds, as well as individuals who care about the loss of traditional crafts skills, and works towards a healthy and sustainable framework for the future.

Kent Potters

The Braid Society

Artisan Media

Berkshire Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers

The British Tapestry Group

Makers Guild of Wales

New Legacy School of Woodworking

The Quilters Guild

The Basketmakers Association