Our Friends scheme is open to anyone who wants to support our charitable organisation. As our Friend you will be supporting the Guild and promoting the best in Welsh applied art too!
Support the Guild in it's Charitable work
Invitations to previews of exhibitions at Craft in the Bay.
Friends' exclusive 'Meet the Makers' social events to meet our craft makers and find out more about their work, inspirations and achievements.
10% discount on gallery purchases only (between £20 and £1,000, not available on any purchase on Collectorplan Scheme),
10% discount on Craft Workshops
Regular email updates
Trips to Makers Studios
Opportunities to get more involved through volunteering
Subscriptions lasts for 12 months and are £25 single and £45 couple/family membership. Join in person in the Gallery or
Join online Complete the applicable form below
'Meet the Maker' - FREE artist talks organised by The Friends, we welcome non-Friends too, spaces are limited on these talks so please book, firstname.lastname@example.org
Our next talks are due to restart in 2024, more information coming soon!
We look forward to seeing you at these events!
October Tuesday 24th October at 11AM - Rebecca Oldfield, Cardiff based Jeweller and Silversmith was talking about her jewellery and her silversmithing which was on display in our current exhibition with Rauni Higson.
September - Rauni Higson 11AM 9th September - Rauni gave a Walk and Talk around her amazing Silversmithing work in her exhibition
July 2023Tuesday 4th July at 11am, Jodie Hook , Jeweller , Jodie creates detailed jewellery using silver and gold, Jodie talked through some of her collection of gemstones and how she designs bespoke pieces for her clients.
August 2023 Tuesday 1st August at 11am Jill Riley weaver Jill is inspired by the natural environment, landscapes and the Weather, her current exhibition is titled "Weather Patterns", and feature a series of 12 pieces, each reflecting the huge extremes that featured in 2022, from the winds of February to the scorchingly dry summer. Jill talked about her work and inspirations.
June 2023- Tuesday 6th June at 11am, Susan Smith, Embroiderer, Sue talked about her current emroidery pieces featuring Welsh Chapels, some still in use, others often abandoned and neglected, all of which she finds as inspiration for her beautifully intricate pieces of embroidery.
May 2023 - Monday 15th May at 10.30am, Verity Pulford, Glass Artist , award winning glass artist and curator of our current exhibition, Uncommon Beauty, Gave a talk through her work and the artists featured in the exhibition.
April 2023 Ruth Shelley , Glass Artist, Cardiff based award winning glass artist, Ruth talked about her career and recent inspirational trip to Uzbekistan.
March 2023 Ann Catrin Evans internationally renowned Sculptor and Jeweller. gave a talk through her career to date , her most prominent commission is here in Cardiff Bay - the bronze and aluminium handles throughout the Wales Millennium Centre. She has a strong relationship with the WMC having made the ceremonial Opening Key also.
Februrary 2023 Stuart Neale of Sioni Rhys Handweavers gave an inspirational talk about his weaving career and some fascinating facts about the history of weaving too.
October 2022 Walk and Talk around our Exhibition, Clay - Canvas, with many of the Artists and Ceramicists were on hand to talk about their wonderful work.
'A History of Craft in the Bay' , by former project manager Ron Adam, as part of the relaunch of our Friends Scheme, and to celebrate the 20th Anniverssary of The Guild fundraising and re-opening our unique Grade II listed Building, The Guild's project mangager at that time gave a short talk about how the Makers Guild managed to secure the future of our unique home. Come along and learn more about our Friends Scheme and our unique building!