Craft Courses is uniquely dedicated to promoting the practice and learning of craft across the UK, by providing in depth information on the hundreds of courses and workshops available.
Our mission is to interest more people in the delightful world of craftsmanship. In other words, making and doing stuff!
We have 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.
We are a small team based in the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire, Wales, where Craft Courses was set up in December 2011. We also have a small base in Yorkshire. Whether it's being brought up in a successful family craft business or working on websites and marketing teams across the UK and France, the team has gathered invaluable marketing and online experience. We are both dedicated and passionate about what we do!
Our ideas about 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.
It's also good for you! In creating, we concentrate, we relax. We touch, we experience, we develop understanding of our own creative impulse, and of the mediums 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
Our committment to course providers
We offer a free course page and 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 and be able to add a web link to their page. Anyone running the same course 52 times a year will pay nothing.
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. We don’t hide phone numbers or email addresses; it’s clear and simple to use.
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 without any paperwork! Students who have done the course can be sent the link from within the Account Panel, and asked for feedback. Craft Courses also operates an awards system so that well reviewed courses are given Badges 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 you can read the reviews as they come in. All reviews are also monitored by the Craft Courses office.
Each course page includes a Google map of the workshop location, a price, a ‘what’s included in the price’ section and a full description of what will be experienced. There is one main image and up to 20 thumbnail images in the gallery, each of which can be individually labelled. This helps the search engines in their mapping, so is well worth the time! It also gives the potential student a picture of what you offer. Images might be of the tutor, the craft product, tutor’s work, the workshop, the grounds or view from the workshop.
Every course provider also receives a free company page, which contains a logo or main image and any Facebook, Twitter or YouTube channel links. This appears in the Course Providers' gallery, and is the hub for all craft courses run by that company, organisation or tutor.