Useful and beautiful

  • Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen
  • Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen
  • Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen
  • Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen
  • Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen
  • Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen
  • Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen
  • Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen

Founded in 1933, the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen is the oldest craft guild in the country. Today, it is a co-operative formed of over 60 practising makers, including ceramicists, metalworkers, jewellery-makers and bookbinders.

‘Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful’ - so thought William Morris, the designer/poet/novelist extraordinaire closely associated with Britain’s Arts and Crafts movement.

No doubt Morris would have approved of the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen, who - as these photos demonstrate - are busily producing handmade masterpieces in an age of mass-production.

Pictured are works taken from some of the 25 Guild members who are participating in the Guild’s 2018 exhibition Guild Crafts Cheltenham and which runs in tandem with The Times Cheltenham Festival of Literature this October.

Visitors to Cheltenham can browse the Guild’s retail outlet and gallery, The Guild at 51, for affordable pieces from the Guild’s range of makers and craftsmen.

Also found on Clarence Street - right next door, in fact - is the Wilson Museum, where you’ll find Cheltenham’s world-leading Arts and Crafts collection, founded by librarian-curator Daniel Herdman. The collection includes pieces from William Morris, Eric Gill, Archibald Knox, C.F.A. Voysey and M.H. Baillie Scott.

Those interested in the Cotswolds’ Arts and Crafts links should also visit the Court Barn Museum in Chipping Campden, which provides a comprehensive look back at C.R. Ashbee and the other craftspeople who left London for the country.

And don’t forget Hart Silversmiths and the Robert Welch Chipping Campden Studio and Shop, also found in Chipping Campden.

Visit the Guilds website at www.guildcrafts.org.uk