At craft&design we are known and respected for our appreciation and understanding of British craftsmanship, which we continually strive to promote. As part of our support for British craft makers, both newcomers and full time professionals, we have sponsored – and continue to sponsor – some high profile industry awards.
We are pleased to have sponsored the Newcomer Award at bctf (British Craft Trade Fair) since 1996, this coveted award for emerging designer makers brings a level of recognition that is influential in helping them become established in the professional craft industry.
Our Award at Potfest in the Pens each year encourages both new and established potters to develop new work by creating a unique piece for the themed competition. The Student Award at Art in Clay, which we sponsored for ten years, successfully promoted the work of many young graduates to a wide and appreciative audience.
In 2010 we sponsored the Best New Business Award at The Contemporary Craft Fair in Bovey Tracey and Made by Hand in Newport, South Wales for the first time. Again, this reflects our commitment to helping new makers establish and develop their businesses.
In 2008 we co-sponsored (with Warm Glass) The People’s Prize at the prestigious British Glass Biennale in Stourbridge, whilst in 2010 we selected for our own craft&design Award at the British Glass Biennale. We present this award in recognition of innovation and skill by glass artists with all levels of experience, from students to top professionals.
Since 2009 craft&design has also co-sponsored (with W.G. Ball) the Guild of Enamellers Student Bursary Scheme, which helps young enamellers as they start up in business.
Since 2012 we have sponsored the craft&design Award at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in Manchester, and in 2013 also sponsored for the first time the craft&design Award at MADE London and MADE Brighton, prizes for the winners of these three awards include major features in craft&design magazine.
Our own craft&design Selected Awards were launched by us in 2009 and are based around designer makers who have entries in our online gallery www.craftmaker.co.uk. With prizes valued at more than £25,000 in total, these annual awards are recognised as some of the most important in the industry for acknowledging excellence and skill in craft and design and promoting the work of professional designer makers in Britain and Ireland.