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Welcome to the CRAFTCO shop in Southwold

CRAFTCO is an outlet for contemporary crafts and applied arts from
East Anglia, with changing exhibitions in our upstairs gallery

Please also visit our Instagram and Facebook pages

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About Us

The Great Eastern Craft Co-operative, or CRAFTCO for short, began in 1987 when ten local craftspeople formed a
co-operative and opened a shop and gallery in Southwold Market Place. Five years later they bought a house in the
High Street, originally a forge, which is now CRAFTCO.

With about 100 associate members, a core group runs and organises the shop. We meet monthly to discuss co-op business and consider newly submitted work. We are always interested in encouraging new makers. Our aim is to provide a permanent showcase for contemporary applied arts from East Anglia. Come and see our unique prints, ceramics, jewellery, textiles and toys. If you are interested in ordering any item, please phone 01502 723211 during opening hours.
  • "It's payday, so it's dangerous to be in here."

    "The highlight of my holidays is coming here and buying something."

  • "It brightens up a dull day, coming in here."

    "This is the most revered shop in the world."

  • "We've come from Oxford, and there's not a gallery there as nice as this one. You should expand."

    "If I won the lottery you'd have to close CRAFTCO as I'd buy everything."

Our Members

Our Associates

We have about 100 associate members, whose work is for sale in the shop. For more details, click on the links below.

Welcome to the CRAFTCO gallery

Craftco Exhibitions Programme 2023

Jane Mitchell Finch - textile brooches and pictures
Edwin Mitchell Finch - letterpress posters

Elaine Nason - figurative linocuts

elaine nason

Jean McIntosh - decorative ceramics

jean mcintosh

Craftco group show

Derek Smith - geometric marquetry boxes

derek smith

Nicky Belton - origami works by foldy folded

nicky belton

Suffolk Craft Society - Beyond the Reeds
WINDOW SHOW - Joe Lawrence - fisherman, beachcombers, warriors and kings

joe lawrence

helen maxfield

terence ryan

elisabeth chester

Julie Carpenter - acrobats, wire sculptures

julie carpenter

julie carpenter

Sally Pucill - small ceramic figures

sally pucill

Rosemary Grieve - pictural quotations

rosemary grieve

WINDOW SHOW - Georgina Warne - ceramic hares, horses and birds

Irena Sibrijns - decorated vessels, vases, jugs and bowls
David Jones - linocuts about town
Gail Durbin - silver jewellery oxidised and printed

irena sibrijns

irena sibrijns

david jones

gail durbin

WINDOW SHOW - Katharina Klugg - continued exploration of pottery vessels

katharina klugg

Paddy Peters - domestic and sculptural ceramics inspired by nature
Vanessa Laubach - landscape linocuts
Diana Ashdown - linocut landscapes

paddy peters

vanessa laubach

WINDOW SHOW - Sarah Spence - colourful mosaic figures

diana ashdown

Simon Turner - painted wood panels and woven pictures
Clare Gaylard - glass jewellery

clare gaylard

Nancy Main - thrown and hand built sculptural forms
Holly Scholfield - prints

nancy main

holly scholfield

Group show

Opening Times

Monday 10 - 5
Tuesday 10 - 5
Wednesday - closed
Thursday 10 - 5
Friday 10 - 5
Saturday 10 - 5
Sunday 11 - 4

If you are interested in ordering any item, please phone 01502 723211 during opening hours.

Submit work to CRAFTCO

We meet once a month to discuss co-op business and consider newly submitted work.
We consider work by any artists living and working in East Anglia.
CRAFTCO is a gallery/shop specialising in applied art.
This means we do not, as a general rule, exhibit photography and paintings.

Contact Us

Please feel free to contact us by email or telephone, details of which are shown below.
Better still, come and visit our lovely shop in the charming coastal town of Southwold.

40A High Street, Southwold, Suffolk
tel: 01502 723 211
enquiries: irena.sibrijns@gmail.com
sales: julescarpenter@icloud.com
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New images regularly uploaded