For nearly thirty years the Cornwall Crafts Association has supported the craftmakers resident in Cornwall to encourage the highest standards of design and making. It also aims to reach a wider audience to promote a greater appreciation and understanding of contemporary design-led craftwork.
The Association is a member-driven self-supporting charity and has, since its inception in 1973, gained a reputation nationally for the quality of craftwork of its past and present members. The galleries it manages are well established and attract a wide-ranging audience from around the country. Exhibiting with the Association not only provides an outlet for selling work, but also allows the craftworker direct contact with customers who often commission work privately.
The President of the Association, HRH Prince Charles, Duke of Cornwall, says: “Visitors to the Association’s galleries cannot fail to be impressed by member’s skill and flair by which, through work exhibited, our lives are enriched.”
In 1978 aided by a grant from the Crafts Council, the Association opened its first permanent gallery in the Georgian stable block on the beautiful Trelowarren estate. Trelowarren gallery remains the largest dedicated exhibition space with an annual programme of craft exhibitions that showcase the best of member’s work, as well as exhibitions of eminent makers from other parts of the country.
A small shop area allows member’s work to be shown all year round; whilst the exhibition space not only holds displays of the best of member’s work, but at least twice yearly exhibits work by eminent craftspeople from other parts of the country.On this historic estate you will also find a bistro serving excellent food and drinks throughout the day, a pottery and weaving studio, the countryside centre telling you all about the geological uniqueness of the Lizard Peninsula and quiet extensive walks through the estate woodland and gardens in restoration. Also a fogou – an iron age series of chambers built underground, assumed for storage purposes.