Conferences & Maker Training

COMPASS: Maker Journeys in Focus Workshop Series

Closing date: 8 Mar 2021

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Hear from five Scotland-based designer/makers about their own experiences navigating the creative business landscape.

Five makers including textile designer Laura Spring, and ceramic artist Frances Priest will guide you through their journey as a creative business. They will share insights into their success, key decisions, challenges and setbacks, and what influenced and shaped their own business and creative practice. More speakers to be announced. 

Part of COMPASS: Online Workshops 2021, this programme will take place online via Zoom and comprises of nine sessions spread across three workshop series Finance & FundingMaker Journeys in Focus and Brand Storytelling

Book your Maker Journeys in Focus workshop series place: £25

One ticket gives you access to three online workshops in this series (11am, Tuesdays 9 and 23 March, and 6 April 2021).

The offer for Multi-Workshop Pass has now closed. If you have purchased a Multi-Workshop Pass before Monday 11 January 2021, you will have access to all sessions in this workshop series.



Laura Spring, Textile Designer

Laura Spring is a textile designer/maker living and working in Glasgow creating bold graphic print designs that are transformed through screen and digital print into fashion accessories, homeware and stationery.

After graduating from Glasgow School of Art, Laura began her career in costume departments within the theatre and film industry. Following a 2011 craft residency at Cove Park, Laura established her own eponymous label and print studio. With a passion for colour, print, pattern and process, Laura creates covetable annual collections of functional, vibrant homewares and accessories, and regularly collaborates with others in her practice. 


Frances Priest, Artist, Designer, and Maker (ceramics)

Frances Priest is an Edinburgh-based artist. Her current work explores cultural histories of ornament and decoration through collections of ornately drawn and coloured ceramic objects. She combines a studio-based practice with site-specific projects, residencies and commissions, exploring interwoven elements of place and community through drawing and making. Graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in 1999, Frances established an early reputation for bold slabbed clay sculptures examples of which can be found in public collections throughout the UK. These include The National Museum of Scotland, The Fitzwilliam Museum and The Victoria & Albert Museum.

More speakers to be announced.



Session 1 - Speaker line up TBC

11am – 12.30pm, Tuesday 9 March 2021

Session 2 - Speaker line up TBC

11am – 12.30pm, Tuesday 23 March 2021

Session 3 - Speaker line up TBC

11am – 12.30pm, Tuesday 6 April 2021

>>> Full details about this workshop series and the schedule can be found on Eventbrite



COMPASS is Craft Scotland’s learning and development programme created specifically for makers. The programme focuses on developing talent and equipping individuals with the necessary skills to create a sustainable craft career and business. 

These workshops are subsidised by Craft Scotland to ensure that more makers have access to quality learning and development opportunities. COMPASS is supported by the William Grant Foundation and Creative Scotland.


Zoom Disclaimer 

By participating in this workshop series, you are agreeing to the terms as set out in our Craft Scotland Online Sessions Disclaimer (Opens PDF). Each session in this workshop series will be recorded.


Online only

Closing Date & Time:
8 Mar 2021 12:00pm
Key Contact:
Jo Scott, Head of Programmes, Craft Scotland [javascript protected email address] Book now

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