Lorna Rankin working on a new painting, inspired by hares associated with Spring rites, in her studio in Bristol

The Cotswold Craftsmen are a well established group founded in the late 1960’s. Our membership is drawn from in and around the beautiful Cotswold area and includes a rich cross section of highly skilled craftsmen, designers and artists. We aim promote innovative design and superb craftsmanship, producing contemporary and traditional original artworks. The work of our talented members ranges from watercolour landscape paintings to contemporary sculpture, Raku ceramics, green oak furniture and beautiful bespoke Jewellery, to name just a few.

Exhibitions 

Our member’s work can be seen at our three main annual shows, where we exhibit alongside our neighbouring guilds- the Herefordshire and Worcester Guilds:

RHS Malvern Spring Show, held in May, at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern. This is one of the RHS’s top shows with over a 100,000 visitors over 4 days and where you can find some of the best artists and designer makers amongst the celebrity guests and Gold medalist garden and plant displays.

The Three Choirs Festival  An international festival, with some of the Worlds finest choral music performances broadcast by the BBC. Its held every year in July, rotating between the 3 Cathedrals of Gloucester, Worcester and Hereford (it will be at Hereford Cathedral in 2018)

RHS Malvern Autumn Show, held in September, at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern. Another fantastic RHS show with amazing giant vegetables, inspirational floral displays and cookery workshops and of course beautiful arts and crafts.

We also exhibit at a number of other shows throughout the year and you can see a selection of work at our Cotswold Craftsmen Gallery at 3 Market Street, Nailsworth. Details of all our forthcoming shows are on the Exhibitions page and further information about the gallery can be found on our Gallery page.

Handmade, beautifully designed pieces are to be found at all our exhibitions where members are happy to discuss their work and welcome commissions.

Blacksmith Chris Hughes pictured at his studio in Whythall near Birmingham. (For FSB Magazine – The Voice) Photo: David Marsden/Page One

We welcome applications from quality professional makers and are keen to encourage young designers and makers to join the group. Details are available from our Membership Secretary or from the Application page.