About us

The Society promotes and supports the work of creative thinkers, designers and makers who continue to innovate in the crafts through their exploration of materials and skills.

Society of Designer Craftsmen

We are proud to have as members some of the finest, most exciting and respected designer makers of today and since our founding in 1887.

Our national membership 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 many other events and initiatives.

The Society's centre in London's Shoreditch is a vibrant creative space, meeting place and gallery for members to use. Our makers host regular exhibitions in the gallery and we hold various workshops, seminars and mentoring sessions to further our members professional development.

Being a member of the Society gives our members professional recognition at all stages of their careers and provides a valuable network amongst its 475 members and through its many links with other creative organisations. We have three levels of membership that recognise the different stages our members have reached in their design practice, these are Licentiate (LSDC), Member (MSDC), Fellow (FSDC).

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

As the oldest multi-disciplinary Society in the UK we are proud to have as members some of the finest, most exciting and respected designer makers of today and since our founding in 1887.

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.