We now have nine craft studios - first and foremost these studios are workshops where craft work is produced by a single maker. Raw materials are transformed, each piece of work is designed and then made on the premises. This is labour intensive, highly skilled work that requires concentration and focus - whilst work is available for sale, the studios are not purely retail outlets.
Craft makers may have to visit commissioning clients, attend exhibitions, craft fairs, international selling events, or be called away at short notice.
Generally studios are all open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (although some open over and above these times). Full contact details can be found on each craft maker's dedicated pages. To avoid any disappointment, we recommend you call before travelling.
Much is owed to the dedication of the original volunteer Board of Directors who 'stuck by' the original idea despite many setbacks, to the generousity of the Moffat family, who purchased and renovated the first two studios in 2002 and to the support of Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire from 2003-2007.
For further information please contact:
Craft Town Scotland
The Barony Centre
50 Main Street
West Kilbride, KA23 9AW
Tel: 01294 829179
Please click on the link below for an updated map of Craft Town Scotland:
Craft Town Studio Waiting List
We have no studio vacancies at the moment but if you wish to be considered for this exciting prospect to develop your craft practice, both creatively and commercially, in a supportive environment please download the studio application pack at the bottom of the page; if your application is successful your name will be added to our waiting list.
West Kilbride Community Initiative Limited (WKCIL) is a registered charity formed in 1998 by local residents. Craft Town Scotland forms the core of a suite of initiatives aimed to regenerate the town of West Kilbride, North Ayrshire.
Craft Town Scotland consists of The Barony Centre: Exhibitions, Education and Events venue and 9 Craft Studios. Supported by a major award from the Big Lottery, Scotland, The Barony Centre is scheduled to open Easter 2012. It includes a major exhibition and retail space, craft education workshop and Masterclass suite and a cafe, and will act as a regional centre promoting craft and design.
Craft Town Scotland is an accredited 4 Star Visitor Attraction, as awarded by VisitScotland in 2006. The Barony Centre will open to the public 7 days per week throughout the year with Craft Studios open to the public a minimum of 3 days per week Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We do encourage studio makers to open over and above these days.
To be considered eligible to become part of Craft Town Scotland, you have to design and produce work on the premises.
More Information available from:
Maggie M. Broadley
Director, Craft Town Scotland
The Barony Centre, 50 Main Street, West Kilbride. KA23 9AR
Download our studio applicaiton form CTS Studio Application Form 2012
"Craft Town Scotland:Making and Sharing
Winners of :
- Year of Creative Scotland Creative Place Awards 2012 (population under 10,000)
- Rural Enterprise Category, Ayrshire Business Awards 2011
- Enterprising Britain 2006
- SURF Annual Award, Category of 'Place' in 2006
Craft Town Scotland is a project of the West Kilbride Community Initiative Limited, A Company Limited by Guarantee of Charitable Status
Registered in Scotland 192083/Scottish Charity Number SC 028481
'Craft Town Scotland is a registered trademark and registered with The UK Copyright Services.
Studio 24 is run by Marion E. Kane, Silversmith. Marion Kane is an award winning Scottish silversmith who has been creating silver art works and utensils for over a decade. Marion prides herself in making pieces that can be used in everyday life and reflects this by using textures and shapes that may seem boring and mundane to everyone else.
24 Ritchie Street,
Juniper & Jane is a small, design-led, home & giftware company based in West Kilbride, Ayrshire also known as Craft Town Scotland.
Sam Kilday and Jane Hunter are a couple who have over twenty five years of corporate experience between them. In the summer of 2012 the decision was made to weave together their skills and talents in the creative arts and design along with a shared appreciation and love for their natural Scottish heritage to create Juniper & Jane Textiles. Drawing on influences of family in the textile industry and inspirations from long walks, hiking and holidays throughout Scotland, they have designed and handcrafted a range of quality, textile based art, homewares and gifts.
Juniper & Jane's unique interpretation of iconic Scottish themes is expressed through their signature style of free motion embroidery (or "drawing" with a sewing machine) and raw edge applique. they use natural Scottish and British fabrics, tweeds and threads to represent texture and colour and evoke the natural beauty of Scotland in their work.
117 Main Street,
Studio 2 - Happy Hills
My name is Ange Sewell and I weave, knit, crochet, spin, dye, sew, and basically have a go at anything yarn or fibre related.
Living on the West Coast of Scotland helps to fuel my inspiration for my textile creations that are aimed at trying to cosy up your life.
Ange Sewell â€“ Knit 1 Girl 1, is now based at my studio, in the Happyhills craft studios in West Kilbride. From there I will be making and selling my handwoven items, as well as teaching weaving and spinning classes to people of all ages.
Knit 1 Girl 1 also runs an after school Yarn Club at West Kilbride Primary School.
Do get in touch if youâ€™ve any comments or questions about my site or products.
Studio 2 Happyhills,
121-123 Main Street,
Studio 3 - Happy Hills
Studio 3 at Happy Hills houses Anne McGrath and Gathering Threads. Gathering Threads is a community based design and sewing group based in West Kilbride with the aim of reducing social isolation & exclusion in a rural area and passing on skills which are being lost due to them not being taught in schools at present.
Studio 3 Happyhills,
21-123 Main Street,