Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment

Contemporary Crafts

Ceramics

Contemporary Crafts

Glass Work

Contemporary Crafts

Stone Work

Contemporary Crafts

Textiles

Contemporary Crafts

Basketry

Contemporary Crafts

Wood Work

Contemporary Crafts

Contemporary craft is about making things. Craft makers explore materials, techniques and processes as they combine intellectual activity and manual dexterity to create unique objects. The world of craft offers a huge variety of materials for the craft maker to choose from such as:

  • ceramics;
  • glass;
  • metal;
  • precious and semi-precious stones;
  • resins;
  • textiles; and
  • wood.

From these materials makers create for example interior furnishing, tableware, furniture, fashion items and decorative and art pieces.

Contemporary craft work allows the maker to use materials in an innovative way. Ideally it should reflect how the maker uses their hands and their head as one. Those talented in crafts can find their niche in a wide variety of creative and unexpected ways such as:

  • basketry;
  • carpentry;
  • embroidery;
  • enamelling;
  • engraving;
  • goldsmithing;
  • marquetry;
  • pottery;
  • sculpture; and
  • stonemasonry.

These crafts are all widely practised today, as they have been for centuries.