The Society invites applications from professional designer makers whose work shows an aesthetic rigour, technical expertise and originality in a craft practice. Applicants should have a high degree of making skills and demonstrate a willingness to challenge themselves in exploring ideas and concepts. In addition, we welcome submissions from people whose work has a particular sustainable focus. The selection process focuses on maintaining and improving the quality of craft work amongst members.
If you are a former society member wishing to rejoin in the same discipline as before, and not more than 5 years has elapsed since you left, you do not need to reapply formally. In this instance contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org to be readmitted.
Assessment criteria include:
o The quality of design and execution of work shown
o Originality of approach and the quality of presentation
o Applicants will also be asked about their capacity and willingness to contribute to the Society through attending meetings and stewarding at shows.
Who is eligible?
Those who are permanently resident or working in Suffolk or the surrounding counties. Makers who live further away are also welcome to apply, provided they are able to commit to attending Society events and take part in exhibitions in the county.
The Society has had in the past, and currently has, members from a range of craft disciplines listed below. This list is no more than a simple guide to a main area of making since many people’s work falls naturally into more than one category. The list is also not intended to be exclusive; the Society encourages applicants from disciplines that are not listed here to apply.
Ceramics (including functional and decorative ceramics)
Furniture (including wood and furniture made of other materials)
Jewellery (including precious metal jewellery and non precious metal)
Metalwork (including cast and wrought metal and blacksmithing)
Mixed media (including work made using a diversity of materials)
Stonecarving (including letter cutting)
Textiles (including constructed and printed textiles and surface decoration)