The Guild

Who Are We?

The Somerset Guild is one of the oldest Craft Guilds in the country and has been promoting excellence in design and craftsmanship for well over 85 years. All our makers are skilled, dedicated craftsmen and women who have undergone a stringent selection process before becoming accepted as craft members. To be a member of the Somerset Guild is the same mark of quality today as it was in 1933. Based in the beautiful cathedral City of Wells, the Guild has a County-wide membership of about 100 members. The Somerset Guild of Craftsmen (SGC) Shop is open throughout the year showcasing an ever increasing range of members’ work for you to admire and buy knowing that you have acquired a piece that is beautifully and individually created by a local maker.

All creative works paintings & designs are the copyright of the makers concerned.

What is the Guild?

The Somerset Guild of Craftsmen, established in 1933, is a body of professional craftsmen and women who promote the highest standards of design and craftsmanship. Each member’s work undergoes a selection procedure before full Craft Member status is conferred. You may wish to consider applying to join the Guild as a Craft Member. or enquiring about Membership Bursaries.

What are the Membership Options?

Craft Members
Craft Membership is open to those whose design and quality of work meet the approval of a Selection Committee that sits several times throughout the year.  A non-returnable selection fee of £25  is payable. The right of regular exhibition at the Guild’s galleries is confined to those with Craft Membership.

Membership Bursary
Each year the Guild will offer a limited number of Bursaries, giving new, innovative and emerging craftsmen free membership for up to one year. All other conditions of membership apply.

Current membership rates are as follows:
Craft Members:   £120 per year, renewable on 1 April annually.
Membership Bursaries:  By invitation of the selection committee, plus commission on sales will apply.

How Do I Join?

If you would like to join, please download the appropriate form below and send with your subscription to:

The Membership Secretary
Somerset Guild of Craftsmen
23a Broad Street

The next Selection Panel for admission to Full Craft Membership of the Guild to be advised.

If you are thinking of applying, please note that your application should be with the Membership Secretary at the SGC Shop in Wells as soon as possible. 


Download Membership Application form (PDF)

Download Membership Notes (PDF)