Society of Designer Craftsmen

The Society of Designer Craftsmen is one of the oldest and most highly regarded arts and crafts societies in the UK, founded by William Morris and Walter Crane in 1887.

Our national membership of over 300 artisans is made up of professional designer makers across various craft disciplines, including Ceramics, Wood, Metal, Glass & Textiles. We are the largest multi-craft society in the UK and support our members through major exhibitions, professional and creative networks, workshops, mentoring and other events and initiatives. The Society gives our members professional recognition at all stages of their careers and provides a valuable network amongst its members and through its many links with other creative organisations.

All of our members are selected for their strong and innovative design sense with the skills, craftsmanship and sensitivity to materials to make the objects they design.

The Society is run by a dedicated Council of current Society members, all of whom have a professional craft background. Our current president is Sir Christopher Frayling. We are a registered charity and our stated objectives are to:

  • advance the education of the public by the encouragement and promotion of good design and fine craftsmanship particularly of new and original work
  • maintain and enhance the high standards of design and craftsmanship
  • foster public understanding and interest in Craft and Design
  • train and educate of new and young Designer-Craftsmen