Makers on our Craft Directory also benefit from dedicated marketing support, with regular features on our social media platforms, as well as digital content such as the monthly Featured Makers and Spotlight Maker.
A Maker Profile is a unique virtual craft portfolio. It is a space for you to showcase your work and maker statement, promote your activities, and provide contact details for visitors to connect directly with you.
Your maker profile also provides a streamlined process for applying to Craft Scotland opportunities, by allowing you to use the information on your profile in your application, as well as a discount on application fees where applicable.
Applying for a Maker Profile on the Craft Directory is straightforward and done through our online application form.
This page will outline and explain the full application process, from what to consider before you apply, to all eligibility criteria and the review calendar. Please make sure you have read through all the below guidelines before submitting your application.
“I wanted to join the Craft Directory so that I could belong to a well-regarded resource and be accessible to an audience seeking Scottish crafts. As a result of being on the directory I received a commission to make lamps for a well-known boutique hotel in London.” - Viv Lee, Ceramics
“Being a part of the Craft Scotland Directory is a great way to support the work of Craft Scotland and create a central reference point for all the amazing craft talent we have in Scotland today.” - Frances Priest, Ceramics
If you have any questions or queries in relation to the Craft Directory and your practice, please contact the Craft Scotland team at email@example.com.
You can find more information about the full application process, from what to consider before you apply, to all eligibility criteria and the review calendars on the Criteria overview page.
Please make sure you have read through all the guidelines below before submitting your application.
Applications are open year-round and reviewed three times a year by the Craft Scotland Selection Panel. Learn more about eligibility and application process.
Contact details, your headshot and maker statement
2. Your work
High-quality images and descriptions of your work
Information on your studio and if it is open to the public
Information on your training, degrees, apprenticeships, or business experience
5. Professional Development
Information about exhibitions, residencies, gallery representation, stockists, press and awards.
How long will it take?
This application takes around 45 minutes. You can save a draft and come back to submit later. Your draft will be saved in your dashboard for 24 months.
Once submitted, your application will be reviewed at the next panel date.
This page will outline and explain the full application process, from what to consider before you apply, to all eligibility criteria and the review calendar.
Please make sure you have read through all the below guidelines before submitting your application.
If you have any queries about the Maker Application Criteria for the Craft Directory, please get in touch with the Craft Scotland team at firstname.lastname@example.org before applying.
The Craft Directory Selection Panel meets three times a year and is composed of three members of the Craft Scotland team. You can find the Review Calendar in section 7 on this page.
All applications are assessed against the Maker Eligibility Criteria outlined in section 5 or the Craft Directory Criteria outlined in section 6.
These criteria are in place to ensure that the review and selection process is fair and consistent and that all applicants are reviewed against the same set of criteria.
Our criteria also allows Craft Scotland to consider each application in relation to the Craft Directory’s mission and curatorial vision to showcase the breadth of Scottish contemporary craft from professional makers across the country.
After the review meeting, you will be sent an update on the outcome of your application. You can find details of the possible application outcomes in Maker Application Status outlined in section 8.
Before you begin your application for the Craft Directory, make sure that you:
*Location: we support makers who are living and working in Scotland. Makers who are not based in Scotland full-time must demonstrate in their application that a fundamental aspect of their creative practice is actively taking place in Scotland for over six months of the year.
**Production: Handmade objects should be designed and made in Scotland. If part of the design or production takes place outside of Scotland, this should be clearly stated and justified in the application, and the maker’s work should fit the Maker Criteria outlined in section 5.
Please note that as part of your application you will be asked to provide a minimum of five high-quality images of your work. High-quality images are important for the Panel to confidently assess your work and your specific craft-making skills.
Please ensure that your selected works form a cohesive collection that will best reflect your craft practice.
Craft Scotland’s curatorial approach focuses on contemporary craft practices where the maker’s use of materials, techniques and overall design intention demonstrates their unique voice, and a desire to experiment and present new perspectives.
You can read more about the disciplines Craft Scotland support, how we define contemporary craft within our programme, and how to send us feedback, on the About: What is Contemporary Craft? page.
If you are unsure about your eligibility for the above, please get in touch with the Craft Scotland team at email@example.com to discuss before applying.
The annual fee for a Maker Profile on the Craft Directory is £49.
Craft Scotland is committed to supporting makers in the development of a sustainable creative and business practice throughout their career.
Our programme provides support, advice, information, learning and development, and showcases opportunities for makers of all backgrounds, in all disciplines and at all stages of their career.
As we are a registered charity, your Craft Directory subscriptions will help us continue to deliver a vibrant annual programme that supports makers and connects communities with Scottish contemporary craft year-round, online and in-person.
To meet the Maker Eligibility Criteria, you will need to demonstrate in your application that you meet at least one of the criteria of Section A, and at least two criteria of Section B.
These sections are part of the online form and you will be able to provide details of which criteria you meet when submitting your application.
We understand that there are many different types of makers and craft businesses in Scotland. We try to be flexible in our evaluation of professional development and training when reviewing applications to the Craft Directory to accommodate for the variety of routes into craft.
You should meet at least one of the following:
- You have been practising professionally for at least three years
- You have trained as an apprentice in your craft discipline
- You hold a degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant area
We define a professional maker as someone who is actively involved with the contemporary craft sector, and who can show that part of their revenue comes from their craft practice or work in the craft sector. This involves a wide range of activities, including exhibiting and selling work, teaching and researching.
You must be able to say yes to at least two:
- You have exhibited your work publicly within the last 36 months at a curated show, selected fair, exhibition and/or event (this excludes degree shows)
- You have received one or more prizes, awards or bursaries for professional practice
- Your work has been positively reviewed or featured in an art journal, magazine or newspaper**
- You have been engaged by contractual agreement in an artist's placement scheme (e.g. a residency)
- Your work has been purchased for one or more public collections
- You are represented by a gallery
- Your work is stocked in one or more quality outlets
** You must be able to provide a press cutting in digital format, or a link to the publication as part of your application for this criterion to be met. The form will allow you to upload an attachment or add a link (URL).
Alongside the above Maker Eligibility Criteria, the Craft Scotland Selection Panel will consider if your work and practice meet our Craft Directory Criteria.
The Craft Directory Criteria help us identify if the application will sit coherently with all other profiles on our Craft Directory, and if the Craft Directory would be the best strand of our programme to support the applicant’s work at the time of application.
To meet the Craft Directory Criteria, the Selection Panel will consider the following:
Our wider programme provides support, advice, information, learning and development and showcasing opportunities for makers of all backgrounds, in all disciplines and at all stages of their career.
We aim to provide every applicant with feedback on their application to signpost them to the most relevant resource(s) and programme strand(s) that will help them further their craft and business practices.
Learn more about our programme on our Projects pages.
The Craft Scotland Selection Panel meets three times a year to review submitted applications.
Below are the upcoming dates for the Panel and the corresponding submission deadline for applications.
You can submit your application for the Craft Directory at any time during the year. Upon submitting your application, you will receive an email confirming the current year’s review calendar. Your application will then be reviewed by the Craft Scotland Selection Panel at the next panel following the deadline for application.
We reserve the right to change these dates, please always check this page for the most up-to-date Review Calendar.
Application outcome dates are given as an indicator, and we may take longer to come back to you on your application. Read our full Terms & Conditions.
After the Craft Scotland Selection Panel have made their decision on your application, you will be notified of the outcome via email and your application will be processed on our website.
Their decision will be one of the following:
If you meet the Maker Eligibility and Craft Directory Criteria, your application is successful.
You will receive your annual payment link via email, and once your payment has been processed, your profile will go live on our website.
You will then be able to log in to add more information, add visuals and create collections, as well as to take advantage of the full Craft Directory benefits.
In certain cases, an application will meet the Maker Eligibility and Craft Directory Criteria, but we would like to request new images or additional information. Your application will be marked Eligible, Pending Information.
Once you have provided the new images or additional information, we will finalise your application within two working weeks.
Your new Maker profile will then be ready to go live on the Craft Directory. You will receive your annual payment link via email, and once your payment has been processed, your profile will go live on our website.
You will then be able to log in to add more information, add visuals and create collections, as well as to take advantage of the full Craft Directory benefits.
If you do not meet the Maker Eligibility and/or Craft Directory Criteria, your application will unfortunately not be eligible to move forward.
Craft Scotland believes that feedback is an important and integral part of supporting maker development. For each application that is non-eligible, we will provide feedback on the reasons why it did not meet the Maker Eligibility and Craft Directory Criteria, along with any feedback from the Craft Scotland Selection Panel which you may find useful.
You will be able to re-apply for the next review period should you wish to.
If your Craft Directory application is unsuccessful, you will still be able to access other forms of support to develop your practice on our website. This includes our Maker Community section that includes Opportunities listings and our online Resources. We may signpost you to specific, relevant opportunities or organisations depending on your work.
If you have any questions, please contact Craft Scotland by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your Craft Directory User online profile and inclusion of your details in any Craft Scotland print/digital editions, where available, are considered to be promotional tools for you, and a means for you to create awareness for your work.
Such details will be made available to the public through your online profile on the Craft Directory - showing your professional contact details (including name, contact(s), photographs of your work (collections), a written summary of your CV, and relevant tagging to facilitate searching.
Please note that in order to maintain a high standard of work and presentation on the Craft Directory, there is a submission process. For instance, the quality of images, text and work of the applicant will be assessed in the first instance by Craft Scotland, and for shortlisted/appeals there is an independent external selection panel. Your application for Craft Directory User may be refused based on the criteria set out, in which case you will be notified and no payment link will be sent.
Directory Users or their agent(s) may use the Craft Directory logo on their own website provided that:
(b) It is in the context of a factual correct reference to your involvement with the Craft Directory and the logo does not imply Craft Scotland's endorsement of any website or online service
(c) You notify email@example.com including the full web address of the page(s) where our logo is used
(d) Where requested by Craft Scotland, you immediately remove such logo from your website.
As our Craft Directory is a promotional tool, data included in these public profiles may be accessible by the public via wide circulation or redistribution, and via our historical archives. Therefore you should never include any data on your online public profile that you would wish to remain private.
Craft Scotland is not responsible for the content of the Craft Directory, or the actions of the public in relation to the available content.
Please note that Craft Scotland may publish the business contact details you provide on our Site, the Craft Directory and in our other directories (where known to us as such).
Craft Scotland will need to contact you from time to time with information relating to your Craft Directory Users, the Craft Directory and other publications. It is your responsibility to ensure that we have current and valid contact information for you, at all times, so that we can contact you with information about Craft Directory Users and, where Craft Scotland considers it appropriate and where you have agreed to this, so that you can receive information about opportunities from third parties.
Craft Scotland uses email as a method of communicating with its Craft Directory Users. Information emailed to you may contain confidential information about you. It is your responsibility to keep Craft Scotland informed of your up to date email address, to keep such email address secure and ensure that the relevant logins are not known by anyone else.
Owing to the nature of email and the internet, Craft Scotland cannot take responsibility for the successful delivery of email to your chosen email provider. Please ensure that you set up your spam filter / junk mail folder correctly to ensure that emails from Craft Scotland (including automated emails) can be received.
You can update your contact preferences at any time by logging onto our Site.
The intellectual property rights in, or copyright over, the content and/or information sent or made available via the Craft Directory or otherwise on the Website should be the property of the relevant Craft Directory User who makes it available or, in the case that it is not provided by a Craft Directory User, the person who provides the content or information.
If the Craft Directory User or such other contributing person does not own the intellectual property rights or copyright, the Craft Directory User must obtain a licence or consent from the owner for such use in advance.
It is the responsibility of each Craft Directory User to ensure that they have full consent to the use of the copyright for all photography, voice-clips, video and any other content featured as part of their Craft Directory Users. You confirm that any such use, as set out in these Terms & Conditions, including the technical, development and research purposes set out below will not infringe the intellectual property rights of any third party.
It is the responsibility of each Craft Directory User to ensure they have any necessary consent from any relevant third party to list details of productions/projects they have been involved in, or will be involved in. You should confirm that any such list does not disclose any confidential information provided by you without you obtaining the relevant consent.
You must provide us with the name of the photographer for all photographs submitted to the Website and the Craft Directory. Photographers must be credited, according to copyright law. We reserve the right to refuse any photograph which we consider unsuitable or inappropriate or should you fail to provide suitable crediting information through the online form.
A. Grant to the Craft Scotland and its subsidiaries or agents a perpetual, royalty-free, irrevocable, non-exclusive licence (together with the right to sub-licence) in respect of any materials or content submitted to the Craft Directory or to Craft Scotland, its subsidiaries and/or its appointed publicity contractor(s) and/or publisher for the purposes of promoting and publicising Craft Scotland, the Craft Directory, Craft Directory Users or their materials and content, the artists whose work is exhibited, any events, fairs, or activities in which the Craft Scotland and its subsidiaries are involved, both nationally and internationally and any other use as set out in these Craft Directory Users Terms & Conditions.
B. To grant permission to the Craft Scotland and its subsidiaries or agents and/or its appointed publicity contractors and/or publishers to create its own images by taking photographs (in such form as the Craft Scotland and its subsidiaries determines) of any exhibit or stand at any event for the same purposes as are mentioned in (a).
The above licences include:
C. Agree to ensure your contact information and content is correct and up to date.
D. Agree to completing and submitting a periodical Craft Scotland’s Directory User survey about the service, functionality and usability of the Website. This may include an equalities monitoring form.
You must not upload material that is unlawful, defamatory, abusive, obscene, discriminatory or otherwise inappropriate to the Website or the Craft Directory, or which you do not have the appropriate rights to use.
Craft Scotland reserves the right to suspend or withdraw Services and/or Craft Directory Users from Directory User Services who violate the Terms & Conditions and not to use, or make available, any material on the Site or Directory which it deems inappropriate, or to remove material from the Site or Directory which it considers to be in breach of these Terms & Conditions.
In the case of you being involved in a dispute between Craft Scotland and a Craft Directory User, between any two or more Craft Directory Users or between a Directory User and any third party, Craft Scotland reserves the right to remove your uploaded material or content from the online Craft Directory and the Website, at its discretion. On resolution of any dispute, Craft Scotland reserves the right to choose not to reinstate your uploaded material at its discretion.
On being successful as a Craft Directory User, your details will go into our database and be made available on our Website at the earliest opportunity. You will then be sent an automated email (to the email address provided on your application) letting you know that your Craft Directory online profile is now live, and allowing you to review the details. Your unique login to the Directory website account page will give you the ability to make changes to your online profile.
It is your responsibility on your profile going live to check all your details are correct and uploaded further digital photographs of your materials and content, and all other required details. Failure to do so will cause delays to the upload of your details onto our Website.
If you have applied to be a Craft Directory User and you have not received an email confirming your successful application and requesting payment within ten working days of applying to the Craft Directory then please contact us immediately.
To access the craft directory online services you will be provided with a login. The login is confidential, allowing live changes to your online profile and account administration access, and should never be shared.
You are responsible for all activities on your account/profile, whether carried out by you or someone else on your behalf. You must keep your login information secure and confidential. If you do share the login with an agent, be sure you authorise and instruct them appropriately.
Craft Directory Users can add new collections and photographs or new photographs to existing collections to their online profiles at any time by logging into their account page and accessing the Craft Directory.
Craft Scotland will review all content on the Craft Directory on a quarterly basis. Craft Scotland reserves the right to delete all or some of a Craft Directory User's media on expiry of their Directory Users or for any other reason, including, but not limited to, withdrawal of media upload services for whatever reason.
Craft Scotland does not offer its Craft Directory Users the ability to download or otherwise recover media files in their original quality or format. Craft Scotland therefore strongly recommends that Craft Directory Users retain their original media files. Furthermore Craft Scotland cannot be held responsible for loss or corruption of data, including accidental or intentional deletion by either party.
Your Craft Directory Users is renewed manually by the user following a payment email. New Directory Users joining the Directory may cancel their Directory User Service at any time within 7 consecutive days, such time period beginning on the day after the application for Directory User Service is accepted, without incurring any fee or penalty. No refund is available on an annual Directory User Service after this period other than as set out in these Directory User Service Terms and Conditions.
Submission of your application amounts to an offer by you to purchase a Craft Directory User profile, and is subject to our acceptance. Your Craft Directory User Services starts on our acceptance of your application.
Where a payment is declined, our accounts department will contact you for immediate settlement. If the payment is outstanding after 7 working days following our attempts to take payment, we will suspend your online profile and / or access to the Directory. If payment continues to be outstanding after 14 working days following our attempts to take payment we will cancel your Craft Directory User and / or access to the Craft Directory and should you wish to continue with your Directory Users you will need to re-apply.
Please see also our Sales and Payment Terms for more specifics relating to the processing of your payments.
Any breach of these Craft Directory Users Terms and Conditions could cause inconvenience and loss to the sender or provider of information or other Craft Directory Users, and loss to Craft Scotland. In the event of a breach of these Directory Users Terms and Conditions, Craft Scotland reserves the right to terminate your Directory User Services, your access to the Craft Directory, and any other relevant Services without notice. Craft Scotland reserves the right to withdraw or withhold the Directory Users Services:
a. Where it considers this to be commercially desirable;
b. To ensure quality of service where we consider a Craft Directory User/(s) to lack the relevant credentials or professional experience;
c. Where our staff or other persons are subjected to abusive, offensive or threatening behaviour by any Craft Directory User; or
d. In any other circumstances at Craft Scotland’s absolute discretion.
In the event that your Directory Users is cancelled or refused by Craft Scotland, a pro-rated refund for the relevant calendar year in which the annual users’ fee has been paid will be given to you.
You will be contacted each year to confirm whether or not you wish your Craft Directory Users Service to continue. Should you decide to terminate your Craft Directory User Service then your previous print/digital entry and/or online profile entry will still run for the duration of time left of your annual Directory Users Service. Should your Craft Directory User Service lapse, we may offer you another chance to re-join before your details are removed from the Website. We may also contact you with one more opportunity to re-join the year after your Craft Directory User Services lapses. We do not guarantee to make these follow up offers. We cannot guarantee to retain any of your personal or professional information after your Craft Directory User Service has lapsed.
If you contact us and ask to cancel with immediate effect we will then remove your online profile (including any multimedia attached) immediately. You would not be eligible for a refund in these circumstances.
When a Craft Directory User cancels their Craft Directory User Service, to the extent we are allowed to do so by applicable law we will retain their contact details in our internal database for reference purposes, for the following reasons:
1. Some details are retained so that if you re-join the Craft Directory you are recognised as an approved former Directory User and your online profile can be activated as quickly as possible; or
2. To ascertain the previous user status of those applying for future Craft Directory User Services.
Due to the inherent nature of the internet, and other technology systems we use, errors, interruptions and delays may occur in the Craft Directory or Directory User Services at any time. Accordingly, the Craft Directory and Craft Directory User Services are provided without any warranties of any kind and we do not accept any liability arising from any inaccuracy or omission in the information or interruption in availability.
Craft Scotland, whilst using every endeavour to publish your profile punctually, will not be liable for any delay in publication.
Because of the promotional nature of your online profile, Craft Scotland cannot control the circulation of information within your online profile by other parties (whether in print/digital editions or online). We also cannot control disposal or re-distribution of our printed/digital products.
Should you believe that your Directory online profile is being linked, without your consent, to any other publicly available area, by an individual or organisation, other than your agent or representative, please inform us. If you have security concerns at any time you may request that Craft Scotland change your Directory password, login and/or URL.
We recommend that you do not list any personal contact details, or information that you wish to remain private, on your Craft Directory online profile. The Craft Directory is a promotional tool and may therefore be circulated widely by Craft Scotland, other Directory Users or third parties.
Craft Scotland is not an agent, and Craft Scotland does not take commission on work opportunities, commissions or sales found for or by its Directory Users. It does not commission or sell Craft Directory User’s work, material or content.