These highly regarded national awards, first launched in 2009, are based on an Online Public Vote for British and Irish designer makers with work represented in Selected, craft&design’s prestigious online gallery at www.craftmaker.co.uk. The online Public Vote, which is open from 1st January until 31st March, determines a shortlist of twelve makers in each of six categories, from which the craft&design panel select six finalists. Specialist Invited Judges, together with the craft&design panel, subsequently assess the work of the finalists to establish one Gold Award Winner, two Silver Award Winners and three Finalists in each category, with just one person being awarded the top accolade of craft&design Maker of the Year Award.
Craft and design is alive and thriving in Britain today and these Awards successfully promote the work of talented designer makers internationally - not only to those who already have an awareness of the skills involved, but also to people who may not have yet discovered this wealth of creative talent. The Online Public Vote enables people to browse the site, vote for their favourite makers – and at the same time discover new and exciting work by craftsmen and women unknown to them.
Whilst the Public Vote plays a vital role in deciding the finalists for each category, the Invited Specialist Judges and craft&design panel bring an important element of expertise to the proceedings.
We have some labels that you can download - they are designed to be printed out so that you can stick them on the back of letters and encourage people to vote for your favourite maker.
We also have some web banners that you can use on your website or emails.
We ask you to give your email address when signing up to vote, and then click on a link in an email that we send to confirm your identity. This is designed to prevent fraudulent voting using someone else's email address. Our voting system is designed to ensure that voting is fair whilst keeping the process as simple as possible.
Absolutely not. We do not send unsolicited email, and we do not sell, share or give out email addresses.
Yes - once you have logged in, you can vote for as many people as you like, but you cannot place more than one vote for each person.
If you have an entry in craft&design Selected you can – and should! - vote for yourself just as you can vote for any other maker.
2016 Selected Maker Awards - there are 6 Gold and 12 Silver Awards to be won - and there's £1000 cheque for the winner of the top award, our 2016 Selected Maker of the Year! Your votes could make all the difference to your favourite makers!