|Who we are
The Oxfordshire Craft Guild is a membership organization of makers working in a wide range of crafts, each with their individual style. Members are admitted on the basis of the quality of their work.
We believe that the use of materials to create beautiful objects enriches all of our lives and that an understanding of the processes and an appreciation of the results is an essential part of education.
We support and encourage quality craftsmanship by
How we work
- having rigorous selection standards for membership
- presenting and participating in exhibitions and talks
- helping members develop their creative and business skills
- providing selling opportunities for our members
- recognizing the very best and most innovative work by our members
- sharing ideas and practices across the different crafts
- working in partnership with art and other organizations across Oxfordshire
OCG is a non-profit organisation managed by a Committee. We expect our members to assist in the operation of the Guild, though we have a paid administrator. All members are expected to maintain their standards of craftsmanship, and to participate in exhibitions and events. Members distinguish themselves from other makers by using the initials OCG after their name.
A major part of our work is organizing exhibitions. We mount a six-week Christmas Exhibition at the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock and a number of smaller exhibitions throughout the year.
The Guild supports the artistic development of its members in various ways. The Fletcher Prize purchases the work in the Christmas Exhibition selected by independent judges as representing the best use of materials. The prizewinning piece is presented to the Oxfordshire Craft Collection and is the only means of growth of the collection. The best New Work in the exhibition is selected by the votes of visitors
The Guild holds business and social meetings throughout the year along with shows and talks when members will have a chance to meet each other and discuss their work and ideas.
We welcome the support given by the Friends of the Oxfordshire Craft Guild who provide encouragement to the Guild and who help in many practical ways.
Joanna Foster CBE, who is also Chair of the Crafts Council, is our President
Tlws Johnson chairs the Guild. Other key contacts are given on the Contacts page.
The pictures of Hands at Work are the copyright of Simon Murison-Bowie. The pictures of Members' pages are their own copyright and they should be contacted for permission to use.