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 teachers:www.artisancam.org.uk/pages/teachers_notes.php 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 www.craftscouncil.org.uk/learn/.
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 exists to make sure the best of the past is kept to enrich our lives today and in the future.
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.
The Braid Society
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