Essex Craft Guild
Welcome to the home of the Essex Craft Guild
The Essex Craft Guild is a voluntary non-profit making organisation which promotes and supports
genuine hand-made local Arts and Crafts.
Join The Guild
Full Guild Membership is open to anyone who lives in Essex, who hand makes their craft and has gone through the selection process. It is not available to those who live abroad, those who hold a craft franchise, or who import or sell craft goods made by others.
The Guild Directory lists those crafts in which our current members are engaged. However, this list is not exhaustive and we are always pleased to consider applications for other crafts, provided that they demonstrate a high level of skill and expertise. Please note that we do not accept applications for health and beauty or aromatherapy products, nor for any foods except Sugarcraft. Please speak to the Membership Secretary to clarify any concerns you may have. Contact details are shown on the Contact Us link.
If you are interested in joining the Guild please register by providing the following information:
If you wish to complete and submit your application by post, then please download and print the following Membership Application Form.
Please note that your information will only be used by the Guild to process your application and will not be passed on to anyone else.
- PLEASE NOTE that registration forms should reach the Membership Secretary by 31st December or 31st May as appropriate . Please be assured that the information you provide will not be used for any other purpose than to send you a full application form, and will not be passed to third parties.
- Only ONE craft may be applied for each year, at a cost of £10.00 per application. Currently the first year’s membership fee is £45.00. Please do not send any money with your registration. Amounts due will be requested with the selection pack.
- The Guild’s Selection Evening takes place twice each year, in January and June. Successful applicants are then included straight away in the next edition of the Guild Directory, instead of waiting till the following year. The selection results are posted to you after the event.
- If your application has been successful your username and password will be emailed to you upon your acceptance.
Guild Friends are individuals who are interested in craft and who wish to support the Guild and its members. Guild Friends receive invitations to Guild social events and are offered free admission to the main Guild Show each year, as well as being kept up-to-date with what is happening by way of newsletters from time to time. To apply please download, print and complete this Guild Friends Application Form and return with a cheque for the annual fee of £10.00.
Associate Membership is offered to craft groups in Essex whose aims are similar to those of the Guild. Associate Members receive invitations to Guild Social events and are offered a display area at the Guild’s main show each year. Their details are also displayed on the Guild website to encourage new members and a reciprocal link with their own website. To apply please download, print and complete this Associate Member Application Form and return it with a cheque for the annual fee of £35.00 together with a copy of your group’s Constitution.