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Studio Space Opportunity

About the Studio – 18/19 A rare and unique business opportunity has become available at Manchester Craft and Design Centre, in the fashionable Northern Quarter area. Located on the second floor, studio 18/19 is a large, bright work and retail space. It is close to the sink (suitable for ceramicists) and sits between two long…

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Kaylee Jenkinson portrait

Kaylee Jenkinson shortlisted for Manchester Culture Awards

Kaylee Jenkinson, our former Exhibitions and Events Officer of six years, is a leading Manchester-based champion of independent makers and handmade craft, bringing her passion and knowledge of the subject to all those she supports and the exhibitions she creates.  During her time at the Centre she curated an incredibly diverse and inspiring programme of…

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Manchester Pride #MakePride

Manchester Craft and Design Centre has been a welcoming place for LGBTQ+ visitors and makers since 1982 and this Manchester Pride we’re excited to be joining in with the city-wide celebrations. Our talented Designer/Makers create handmade work across a wide range of materials, from jewellery to ceramics, illustration to wedding dresses and more. Our jewellery…

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Spotted 2019: Manchester School of Art

This year we were once again amazed by the talent on show at Manchester School of Art Degree Show and we went to spot up and coming talent at the 2019 Degree Show. Our team here at MCDC have been spotting talent at both regional and national graduate shows since 2011, hand picking makers who…

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Studio Space Opportunity

  ** NEW STUDIO SPACE OPPORTUNITY ** Studio Space Opportunity – Studio 5 A rare and unique business opportunity has become available at Manchester Craft and Design Centre. RA Designs, our most established business, is looking for a studio share (studio 5). This is suitable for someone mid-career who is looking to expand their business….

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Spotted 2018 : Interview with Ishy Miller

Ishy Miller graduated from the Textile Design course at The Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee earlier this year, she strives to show to beginners interested in dressmaking how the craft can be straightforward and gratifying, as opposed to its often difficult and daunting perceptions.  She develops simplified dressmaking kits ideal for…

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Spotted 2018 : Interview with Meghan Graydon Darby

Meghan graduated from the Textiles in Practice course at Manchester school of Art earlier this year. Meghan looks at the everyday and the many things we tend to overlook as part of our identity and culture. She explores elements from her past surroundings and identity as part of her primary inspiration, referring to the traits of…

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Glass vessels

Spotted 2018 : Interview with Bethany Fowkes

Bethany Fowkes graduated from the Design Crafts course at De Montfort University earlier this year, she specialises in glasswork and is inspired by patterns and colours that are around her. Following her graduation and degree show, we spoke further with Jess about her work and how she plans to move forward with her practice.   Where…

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Spotted 2018 : Interview with Andrew Hamilton

Andrew Hamilton graduated from the Three Dimensional Design course at Manchester school of Art earlier this year. Andrew designs furniture and products primarily for mass and batch production, with the simple aim to produce beautiful and useful everyday objects. Following his graduation and degree show, we spoke further with Andrew about his work and how he plans to…

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Glass plate blue and transparent

Spotted 2018 : Interview with Jess Davids

  Jess Davids graduated from the Design Crafts course at De Montfort University earlier this year, she specialises in Glass work and is strongly inspired by Sri Lankan eating culture and tuk-tuks. Following her graduation and degree show, we spoke further with Jess about her work and how she plans to move forward with her…

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