Encouraging high standards of design and craftsmanship

About Us

The Essex Craft Society was formed in 1994 to encourage high standards of design and craftsmanship.

It is done through the selection of artists/ craftworkers of Essex, and to bring their work to the public through exhibitions and other events.

green leafed plant


The Essex Craft Society was created to promote, exhibit and sell work of a high standard produced by Craft Artists living in the county of Essex.

brown yarns and three balls


With a programme of two exhibitions per year, open workshops, demonstrations and discussions and with the support of the “Friends of ECS”, the Society aims to bring to the attention of the general public the extent of design expertise to be found locally and to increase demand for members’ work through commissions.

silver scissors on pink paper


The Essex Craft Society is now established as the leading organisation in the county for the promotion of top quality craftsmanship in a wide variety of crafts.

blue ceramic bowl on brown wooden table


If you have a serious commitment to practising a craft, have a creative attitude to design, and live in Essex, (preferably), we would like to hear from you. We strongly recommend that you contact a member of the society working in your craft area, (where possible), to show them your work and to talk about what is expected of members.

One of the aims of the Society is to raise awareness of the excellent work produced by people in our County. We value Friends support especially at exhibition time, when you will have the opportunity to meet the Members and other Friends, and attend Previews. There are also Social events, and you will receive a Newsletter. Pick up a Friends application form to apply, or contact the Administrator

Come and meet the makers as they display some aspects of their craft in this handsome old building.