About us

Founded in 1933,  the purpose of the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen, is to foster and promote fine craftsmanship and good design. These aims came out of the vibrant Arts and Crafts Movement in the Cotswolds at the turn of the 20th century.

The Guild’s members are all professional makers. They are amongst the top craftspeople in the UK working across many disciplines including ceramics, glass, woodwork, textiles, jewellery and  leather goods, creating unique functional and decorative objects. Members are dependent on sales and commissions for their livelihoods and many also teach, ensuring that craftsmanship and good design has a future.

As well as running their shop and gallery, Glos Guild Crafts at Chapel Arts, the Guild hosts exhibitions, demonstration and craft skills workshops in Cheltenham and elsewhere.

Applications for membership of the Gloucestershire Guild from professional designer-makers are always encouraged. We welcome both traditional and innovative makers who produce well-made and well-designed work. Selection is by interview; successful applicants will serve as associate members for an initial two-year period. For more information please go to the Join page.