The Lothian area has always been brimming with talented crafts men and women, whose Portobello pottery or Edinburgh silver work brought function and pleasure to thousands of Scottish homes. Today, the craft scene is stronger than ever, with local designer makers selling well in Japan, Scandinavia and the USA as well as at home. Four years ago, a group of friends, all Edinburgh designer makers, gathered at the home of weaver James Donald to talk about self-employment and the challenges of being a designer maker in Scotland. Some wine and nibbles later, they decided to form Design-ED. Read the rest of this entry »