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  • Makers announced for Craft Scotland Summer Show 2016


    We are excited to be showing the work of 31 talented craft makers from around Scotland at our fourth Summer Show in Edinburgh, held at White Stuff on George Street from Friday 5 to Sunday 28 August 2016, part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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  • Fiona Logue opens Spring Fling exhibition


    The annual Spring Fling Showcase exhibition was launched on Friday, featuring work from around 60 artists, makers and designers.

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  • UK Craft Alliance meets in Edinburgh


    Scotland was pleased to play host to the UK Craft Alliance last week when Rosy Greenlees of the Crafts Council, Alan Kane of Craft Northern Ireland and Louise Wright from Arts Council of Wales joined our Director, Fiona Logue for their bi-annual meeting to discuss areas of common concern including funding, international exhibiting, intangible cultural heritage and equality, diversity and inclusion initiatives. 

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  • Scottish Potters Map 2016


    The Scottish Potters Association (SPA) has compiled a new map of potters in Scotland who have studios open to the public.

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  • Buying the Wind - Joanne B Kaar on her Residency in Canada


    Joanne B Kaar blogs from her residency in Woody Point, Gros Morne National Park - organised by the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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  • Craft Opportunities March 2016


    This month we bring you two exciting opportunities to take part in Craft Scotland shows for 2016. We have open calls for our fourth Summer Show and for our inaugural showcase at Tent (part of London Design Festival) in partnership with Emergents. 

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  • Craft Opportunities February 2016


    In this month's round-up we bring you the latest opportunities from Craft Scotland. We're offering mentor training opportunities for makers and two new Craft Tourism workshops. We are also recruiting for an experienced Marketing Manager to join our small team whilst our current Marketing Manager is on maternity leave. 

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  • Inaugural Craft Scotland Prize awarded to Polly Collins


    Visual Arts Scotland's open submission exhibition Converge offers the opportunity for artists, designers and makers working in all disciplines to test, showcase and engage work with a wider public. The exhibition is now open and we are delighted to announce that the inaugural Craft Scotland Prize of £500 was awarded to Polly Collins for her piece 'Slow Dining'.

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  • Craft Opportunities January 2016


    Our first opportunities round-up for 2016 brings you a chance to get involved with Craft Tourism and the National Trust for Scotland. Kellie Castle and Garden and Hill of Tarvit, both in Fife, are inviting makers on a tour of their properties, with the opportunity to discuss potential craft events to be held in either location. 

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  • Makers selected for Hothouse 6


    The Crafts Council has selected 41 maker businesses to take part in the six-month Hothouse programme, delivered in partnership across the UK. Craft Scotland is once again sponsoring places for six Scottish-based makers. 

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  • 2016: Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design


    The Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016, running from 1 January to 31 December will celebrate the richness of Scotland’s beautiful built heritage, culture and environment, alongside the contemporary and cutting edge designs of today.

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  • Craft Scotland Team Update - December 2015


    For our final team update in 2015, we have each picked an image that represents a highlight from the last twelve month. As always it's been a pleasure working with so many talented makers. We would love to see your best moments from 2015 - tweet them using #celebratingcraft15

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  • Craft Opportunities December 2015


    In this short-but-sweet opportunities round-up we have some exciting Meet Your Maker opportunities for the coming year, and an opportunity to come and visit The Craft Gallery at Scotland's Trade Fair Spring, to see if it would be suitable for your work. 

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  • Buy Scottish Craft Online - A Shopping Guide


    There's nothing that can quite compare with a good browse in a gallery, a small independent boutique or buying directly from the maker during an open studio or selling event. But if you are looking to do some shopping online, we have put together this handy guide. 

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  • Christmas Craft Events


    We bring you a round-up of some of the more festive craft events taking place across the country in November and December. 

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  • Makers Monday - Pledge to Buy Local


    Makers Monday is a campaign created to celebrate the excellence of craft and support the local makers and businesses that craft products in the towns, cities and neighbourhoods where we live.

    It encourages consumers to buy from a local maker on Monday 30 November 2015, and to share their hand-crafted purchases on their social networks. Buyers can take the pledge and sign up to the newsletter, makers can apply to have their business featured. 

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  • Craft Opportunities November 2015


    For November's opportunities round-up we bring you details of our Go & See trips to New York and London in January. If you are interested in selling your work to trade, you can apply to visit NY Now 2016 or CRAFT 2016 in London: to get a feel for the shows and determine whether or not you think they would be right for your work. 

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  • Edinburgh Modern Quilt Guild's Charity Quilt for Quiltcon


    A quilt donated to The Yard in Edinburgh, a purpose-built indoor and outdoor adventure playground for children and young people with disabilities, has finally reached its destination after making a detour to Austin, Texas.

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  • ShetlandPeerieMakkers


    Intended to help secure the future of Shetland textile design, future Shetland knitwear business, children’s creativity, and the continuing textile culture in Shetland; PeerieMakkers looks to secure free Shetland hand-knitting lessons for all children within local communities in Shetland. 

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  • Craft Opportunities October 2015


    In our October round-up we bring you the final opportunity to apply to the Craft Gallery, a new dedicated area within Scotland's Trade Fair Spring in 2016. We have details of the Crafts Council's International Showcasing opportunity - we will work in partnership with the Crafts Council to shortlist makers to showcase during Design Miami and Design Miami/Basel, and applications are now open. We also announce a new Craft Scotland Prize: to be awarded at the VAS exhibition Converge 2016 to the maker of a piece of outstanding design and craftsmanship. 

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