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The craft&design Selected Awards 2015 - About the Awards

craft&design Selected Awards
There are so many wonderful pieces of work to choose from that it is going to be difficult to separate items one from another in quality, form and inspiration. Nevertheless I have registered and chosen the individuals who appeal to my creative mind.
Peter Charles Fagg
Peters Platters

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.

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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.

Selected Awards Labels and Banners

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.


How to Vote

Find the page for the maker that you would like to vote for
You can type the name of the person that you're looking for in the search box on the right hand side of each Selected page (or type it here, then click on the red arrow to search: ) ...or browse through the Gallery pages and click on an image, look through the List of Makers or Search for Makers by Region.

Once you’ve found the page for the person that you want to vote for, click on the voting banner at the bottom of that page to place your vote. The voting banner looks like this:

voting banner

Sign Up or Log in
If you haven't set a password, you can sign up for a craft&design account by giving your email address and choosing a password. There is no charge for creating a craft&design account. If you have already signed up, your vote will be registered as soon as you log in.

Check your email
If you are signing up, we will then send you an email containing a link - click on that link to confirm that your email address is valid and your vote will be registered. If you already have a password and have logged in, you can skip this step!

The public online vote is open to everyone right through until 31 March.

You do not have to subscribe to craft&design Magazine to vote, but if you are a subscriber and you gave us your email address when you subscribed, then you will already have a password that will allow you to log in and vote.

Take a look at our frequently asked questions below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do you ask people to give an email address?

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.

Will you be sending junk email?

Absolutely not. We do not send unsolicited email, and we do not sell, share or give out email addresses.

Can I vote for more than one person?

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.

Can I vote for myself?

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.

Red paper vessels by Alison Simpson

In the Current Issue

'Red Six' paper vessels by Alison Simpson, Papermaker and Sculptor
craft&design Magazine

Vote online now!

It's that time of year again! Vote now for your favourite makers in our 2015 craft&design Selected Maker Awards and help them get through to the finals. They'll have the chance to win some fabulous prizes - along with lots of promotional goodies, there's also a cheque for £1,000 for the top prizewinner, our 2015 Selected Maker of the Year!

Find skilled designer makers in Britain and Ireland in our online gallery.

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