Meet Your Maker brings makers out of the studio and into novel spaces. It’s a chance to see behind-the-scenes of a maker’s practice; learn more about their design process; see the skill, commitment and creativity involved in creating a piece of work.
We work in partnership with exciting organisations to bring projects and events to all areas in Scotland. The events encompass demonstrations, showcases and workshops. This year we will work with partner organisations to run a longer, in-depth series of events.
We’ll give you behind-the-scenes access to the events through interviews, tales from the makers and stories from our partners. Use this page to find out about upcoming events you can attend, read about our partner’s projects and Meet Your Maker.
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Meet Your Maker has grown from an original Craft Scotland project which brought the skills of quality craft makers into the public eye.
Since its inception, together with our partners, we have presented 80 events to total audiences of over 13,000, working with nearly 200 makers.
The programme began life as an exhibition in partnership with the National Museum of Scotland in 2010. It has since included events at Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) and Young Offenders Institution (YOI) Cornton Vale in Stirling; the Living Memory Association in Edinburgh; Dumfries & Galloway College and during the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
We have held maker demonstrations for Scottish Jewellery Week, pop-up events at FLY with Visual Arts Scotland, a student-focused demonstration and workshop at Dunfermline High School and run a national Meet Your Maker weekend event in September 2013. Our event now takes the form of a rolling project: a series of targeted events in partnership with different organisations throughout the year.
Meet Your Maker at the National Museum of Scotland ran from 29 January to 14 March 2010. The work of nine makers from different craft disciplines was on display alongside sketches, videos and details of their work processes.
From 21 May to 28 June 2010 we took Meet Your Maker to Timespan in Helmsdale, where we showed five contemporary craft makers working in textiles, ceramics, jewellery, weaving and bookbinding.
On 7 and 8 September 2013, seventeen makers gave a rare, behind-the-scenes look at their craft work. Eight venues across the country, committed to the support and promotion of Scottish craft, partnered with Craft Scotland to deliver an exciting weekend-long event. Meet Your Maker 2013 was supported by the Hugh Fraser Foundation and Creative Scotland.
For 2014/15 we developed our rolling programme, growing our project to encompass 27 events and creating opportunities for over 60 makers. In 2015/16 we developed the rolling project to encompass events for wider audiences and continued this trend in 2016/17. During 2016 our Meet Your Maker programme was part of the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016, and we shone a light on makers who use innovative technologies and design processes.