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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.

The Gloucestershire Guild runs a shop and gallery in Montpellier, Cheltenham, hosts exhibitions, demonstrations and craft skills workshops.

We welcome applications for membership from professional designer-makers. Selection is by interview, for all information please visit our Join page.

Cheltenham Shop

Cheltenham Shop

Our shop is in the Montpellier area of Cheltenham renowned for its independent shops, galleries, cafes, bars and restaurants.
You will find beautiful handmade work by our selected professional makers including contemporary jewellery, ceramics, textiles, furniture, leatherwork, glass and baskets.

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History Of The Guild

History Of The Guild

The Guild has a long and interesting history. From it's creation in 1933 to the present day, there are good reasons it has previaled as one of the oldest British craft organisations.

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Join The Guild

We are open to new members, if you are interested in joining the Guild then you can easily apply using our online application form

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