To find out more, click on a question

Making things that matter
The craft field is very varied. It includes ceramics, textiles, jewellery, wood and glass work, gold and silversmithing, puppets, toys, small-scale furniture making, textiles and leather work. Prospects range from selling work at local markets and fairs through to commanding huge fees for one-off commissions.

How do I get to work in the crafts?
Should I run my own business?
What are the prospects?
There are successful craft based businesses making serious profits but in reality, few craftspeople earn incomes that reflect their skills and the long hours which they work. However, money isn't everything, and there is the tremendous satisfaction of the creative process. Also, working patterns are changing and those with high-level creative practical skills who want to work flexibly are increasingly in demand by employers.

Click on a heading for more information

Useful organisations
Useful books
Useful magazines
Websites showing Crafts

back to introduction