The object is to" promote any charitable purpose which will encourage the exercise and maintain the standards of crafts, both ancient and modern, preserve and improve craftsmanship and further promote and increase the interest of the public in". Our beneficiaries are the hundred or so designer makers in workshops in two Victorian buildings in Clerkenwell. We also have a national network of members. The buildings include the Galleries and other showcase facilities for members and external hires. We run programmes developing business skills for designer makers.
We support new and established designer makers through our managed workshops, our business support, opportunities for showcasing and exhibiting, our national network, our website (currently being redeveloped) our promotion and marketing of our designer makers. In the workshops we have jewellers, partly due to our proximity to Hatton Garden, ceramicists, textile designers, paper cutters, glass engravers and much more. We have a wide range of crafts in the larger network. We work to stimulate interest and enjoyment and appreciation of craft and design and their contribution to the economy
We aim to operate with financial and organisational efficiency. Our main sources of income are licensing fees from the workshops and from space hire, exhibitions and events.