To champion and promote those people from accross the United Kingdom, who make a product or provide a service by hand, from concept to completion, which by definition, speaks of the maker, the locale and indeed the country in which it is produced. In a world of homogenized, mass-produced, disposable items it is reassuring to know that there are people who still want to use their hands and ingenuity to create things that other people will still go out of their way to source and own.
British art, production and craftsmanship are some of our most well known and important heritages; they have always been and will always be, associated with excellence.
Made by Hands of Britain is not just about promoting existing handmaking skills and talent, it is also about finding, encouraging and nurturing future hand makers and processes, by providing comprehensive resources and information about workshops, courses and apprenticeships available throughout the British Isles, those visitors who seek, not only to purchase handmade products but become handmade producers themselves (possibly due to a change of circumstances or simply a desire for a change of career and/or lifestyle), either by attending courses or workshops or embarking on an apprenticeship or just seeking advice from the more skilled and experienced, to ensure the perpetuation and vitality of the Handmaking Industry.
There is also a section for those who supply equipment and materials to the hand making industry.
Products and Services ranging from Ceramics to Food through to Furniture and Buildings and everything in between, as long as it is of a high quality and handmade using raw materials sourced from (wherever possible) and made within the British Isles.
Year Established: 2010
Gillian Montegrande, founder of Made by Hands of Britain was awarded the Cheshire Rural Women's Award for Business 2010 and was then nominated for the prestigious NSPCC Cheshire Women of the Year in the Business and Community Category for 2011.
The Website is gaining in popularity and reputation by the day and this year (2012) was awarded a silver medal for the best website.
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