Find a craft workshop

Useful links and information about craft courses in the South West:

We've got some useful links here which will lead you to more information about local craft courses and workshops, mainly in Devon (South West UK). We hope you find these useful in your hunt to learn contemporary and traditional craft skills!: 

GENERAL: You'll find South West courses if you search this web directory:  Also try: 

The CraftWorks offers a programme of weekly workshops  details the variety of adult learning courses available across Devon  is a heritage and creative attraction near Paignton, and local studios for a range of craft-workers who can be seen demonstrating their skills in the open studios

Coombe Farm Studios Dittisham, run by Guild Member & potter Laurel keeley, offers short /weekend courses in arts and crafts:

An Exeter based printmaking studio, Double Elephant has constant courses & workshops - they also run classes in Plymouth as well as Exeter - more info at:

And above this, in the main Exeter Arts centre - the Phoenix - there is a good range of practical, creative courses including crafts such as clay, bookbinding, various textiles and lots more. See:

Dartington Estate has ARTSLAB - a thriving social enterprise space which runs regular arts workshops as welll as exhbitions and outreach, in Devon. Find out more ; h

Delightful hub for stitchers and textile making in Totnes, Social Fabric:

More varied types of embroidery tutors can be found in the directory page of West Country Embroideres' website, here:

Hannahs at Seal Hayne, near Newton Abbott is a charitable trust and creative venue supporting arts and creatvitiy for people of all abilities including disability:   

High Nature is a Yurt Camp at East Prawle on the South Devon coast, which offers eco-based courses - yoga, natural world and crafts. Find out more on

INKY FOREST is a local, regular after school art classes clubs for kids in Bovey Tracey Devon (from Sept 18):

Make at Monterey are a relatively new creative outfit, based near Topsham Exeter, offering a range of contemporary craft workshops. Call 07973676746 or email or go to the website by clicking the link. 

A selection of glass and glass fusing worksghops and classes are held locally by Steve Robson at Coombe Park Craft Studios just outside Totnes. Office hours are Monday to Friday, 9am to 3pm. email or call 01803 732517

Find adult learning events at the Dartington estate with an eco-crafts focus:

Firing Weekends are held in Spring 2018 - taught by Abi Higgins and Abigail West who run courses in raku, Saggar and barrel firing techniques, (2 day) More info:

Specialist yarn shop Spin a Yarn in Bovey sells wool supplies, with knit & stitch groups in Bovey Tracey

Sharpham Hall is a Totnes based venue in rural grounds,  which offers retreats and courses

The Dartmoor Arts Project is a rural creative education charity running arts and crafts workshops every summer in the location of Dartmoor (cuurently on hold 2016-17).

Free-machine embroidery textile workshops take place every month with Annie Morris at Harbour House run by

Fun and friendly, the sessions are suitable for beginners and intermediate level. Just bring yourself, a smile and your sewing machine!
Saturday 22 September: creative cushion covers

North Devon Ceramics Academy and studio is now taking bookings for 2016: 5-week day time class. Morning or afternoon lessons. More info on

Brian Dickinnon Clay Throwing pottery workshops, Jan-July 2016. More info. on (Creative Torbay) is an arts and culture creative hub for Torbay and South Devon. Includes a directory, news, events and job listings

Potclays Pottery Workshops, Feb-Apr. 2016. More info on:

Flameworks studios in Plymouth run ceramics courses, find out more here:!courses/c19uk

A Totnes based studio (Dittisham)  running various craft workshops with Lara Lloyd:

Drawn to the Vallery are a collective of Tamar based creatives  and support network for creatives in most media:

The Devon Weavers Workshop runs courses for advanced weaverssuch as Kumihimo, Colour & weave duets, see for more details.

The Devon Artist Network collates and lists current and future arts/crafts evenbts and workshops.

Charlotte Mews in central Exeter offers a refined venue for women-oriented creative courses such as Interior Design:

TouchWood South West provides practical skills and knowledge for everyone to share a love for traditional craft and skills with the community.  Their website is: The workshops put learning at school into a real life context, is team building, truly cross-curricular and leaves the kids with the satisfaction of having achieved something they think not normally possible - to build a whole house! Their ASTRIDS HOUSE workshops are women only carpentry sessions where they will learn shed building.

Torbay Artspace set up in 2017 now provides workshops and space for learning about different crafts - view more on:

Of course Exeter College also runs adult making crafts classes. Here's their course guide (PDF):

And there is a comprehensive guide ot craft workshops in the region here on the DevonGuide website: CLICK for MORE...

Hannahs at Seal Hayne on the edge of Newton Abbot also runs a selected range of craft courses, find out more on their website:

Guild Member Megan Stallworthy runs Perfect Bindings Bookbinding Workshops in 2016. The first two workshops are lined up for March and April: Ribbon-tied Multi-section Book and Quirky Accordions-Exeter Phoenix, Devon and Longstitch Binding and Flag Book-Truro Arts Company, Cornwall. More details at

And Guild Member Nick Agar also offers a range of wood turning courses from his Totnes based studios, find more info on:

Anton Vevers - an Associate Guild Member, runs woodworking courses in particular make your own stool, locally. His next stool making courses:
14-15 April, 21-22 April &  28-29 April 2018. More info and photos

Guild Member Naomi Davies runs jewellery making courses for all ages, in Bovey Tracey Devon. Find more info about them here:

New Brewery Arts is running Autumn courses 2017 - now bookable online at so don't miss out! Courses in Art History, Millinery, Stained Glass, Printmaking, Bookbinding, Watercolour, Drawing, Painting, Digital Photography and more. Leaflets can be picked up at New Brewery Arts, or look on the website for full information. and to book your place for September. 

Information & Support for craft makers

A great site,  is very current - and brings together resources, advice and inspiration for creatives starting their own businesses

Arts Council funded Somerset based maker hub, is harbourside, with studios, opportuntiies and events 

AXISWEB -  members can access Vacant Space for their art projects + they get FREE Public Liability cover and FREE Professional Indemnity for £25 per year.
Check it out:…/fb-art-membership-includes-free-insurance/


Craft exhibiting, commissioning & residencies

Online resources for craft opportunities:

For many current arts commissions and funding opportunities, visit the VISUAL ARTS SOUTH WEST website - it collates the best listings for artists and makers

Also joining as a member of  Exeter Cultural Partnership willl flag up local creative opportunities for you

The cultural hub for Torquay & the South Hams - CREATIVE TORBAY gathers arts opportunities & jobs on its wesbite

The national VOLUNTARY ARTS HUB also provides lists of funding bodies

The Cornish based KEAP organisation sends out regular notices of events & exhibiting opportunities

BENCHPEG (UK) lists current commisisoning & job opportuntities for jewellery designers

CREATIVE CHOICES lists UK wide creative jobs and opportunities as does the Crafts Council wesbite:

The online craft sales portal 'Made By Hand' also has and Job & Opportunites page here:

ON TWITTER:        (Local:)

And of course the ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND site sends out regular nation-wide creative jobs and exhibition call outs.

Other local, cultural websites:

Find out all about other Dartmoor events and activtiies at this local tourism site at:

he South Hams and Torbay areas are served by an arts related hub site called Creative Torbay... find out about cultural activities, shows, gigs, jobs and opportunities here.