Craft Courses is uniquely dedicated to promoting take-up, learning and practice of craft across the UK.
We provide in depth information on hundreds of contemporary and traditional craft courses and workshops available. Please browse through our course and craft categories - there is plenty to inspire!
Our mission is to interest more people in the delightful world of craftsmanship. By their very nature, hand crafted items are all unique. This uniqueness is the concept behind our thumbprint logo. Craft celebrates individuality, yet learning and sharing craft skills and practices brings us together.
Our database contains the details of hundreds of contemporary and traditional craft courses and workshops to browse across the whole of the UK, in textiles, jewellery, glass, wood, ceramics, stone, metal, paper, wax and more.
These courses inspire people to learn a skill that could last a lifetime.
WHO WE ARE
We are a husband and wife team, Harm and Kate Dewmartin, based on one of the Preseli Mountains in Pembrokeshire, where Craft Courses was set up in December 2011. The original concept of the Craft Courses website came from Kate's Mum, Pat Dew, who is active in the business, writing content and helping out with customer relations. The site build and functionality is the handiwork of David Bowen, who represented the UK for Web Design at WorldSkills London 2011, where Kate happened to be working. David nows runs web company, Sorora, from nearby Llanelli, and remains an integral part of our development. Whether it's running or being brought up in successful family craft businesses, winning web design awards, or working on marketing teams across the UK and France, the team has a wealth of craft, marketing and online experience.
WHAT IS CRAFT?
Craft is that which is both beautiful and useful. Crafting then, is the practice and mastery of skills and materials that lead to the creation of items of practical elegance. Craftsmanship is a beautiful thing; not just for the objects produced, but because the act of making and creating something enriches life.
Craft is also good for you; therapies going back centuries involve craft and if you take a brief glance at any of the course reviews that we collect every day, you will soon see how enjoyable and absorbing craft is for people.
In creating, we concentrate, we relax. We touch, we experience, we develop understanding of our own creative impulse, and of the materials we work with.
“There is an ideal of excellence for any particular craft or occupation; similarly there must be an excellence that we can achieve as human beings.” Aristotle
CRAFT COURSE PROVIDERS
We offer a free course page and free company page to every single craft course provider in the UK, whether they be a large community college or a one-man-band. Signing up is easy and quick. Anyone running a large programme of craft courses and workshops can add additional pages for £2 per month each. Paying customers can also add links to their websites to their course and company pages.
The goal of every course page is to give the student everything he or she needs to know to go ahead and book that course or workshop. We don’t hide phone numbers or email addresses; it’s clear and simple to use. Since going live in April 2012, we have gained some very happy customers!
There is a student review facility at the foot of every page, which means course providers can collect testimonials and star ratings from their students simply by emailing them the link. More information about how to collect reviews from students can be found here.
THE STUDENTS’ CHOICE AWARDS
Craft Courses runs the craft Students’ Choice Awards, which means that every 5* student review gained by a course provider counts towards their Certificate of Excellence. This is word-of-mouth marketing (the best kind), using modern technology!
Every time a course is reviewed, the course provider is sent an email with a link so that course providers can read the reviews as they come in. All student reviews are also monitored by the Craft Courses office.
Providers are issued with Bronze, Silver, Gold and platinum certificates and badges depending on how many 5* reviews they gain from students.
Each course page includes a Google map of the workshop location, a price, a ‘what’s included’ section and a full description of what the student can expect to experience. This is a good example of a course page.
There is one main image and up to 20 thumbnail images in the gallery, each one of which can be individually labelled. This helps the search engines find the pages, so is well worth doing. It also gives the potential student a picture of what is on offer. Images might be of the tutor, the craft product, tutor’s work, the workshop, the grounds or view from the workshop.
Each company page contains a logo or main image and any Facebook, Twitter or YouTube channel links. Thesepages appear in the Course Providers' gallery and become the central hub for all craft courses run by that company, organisation or tutor.
Sign Up here to register and create your company and course pages in minutes!