London Craft Week: A journey into making at this year's jam-packed festival

Behind the scenes at Rebus, making their signature signet rings.

For five days this May, hundreds of spots around London give themselves over to the discovery and celebration of craftsmanship in every sector of making from Britain and around the world. From the smallest off-the-beaten-track atelier to the storied livery halls of ancient makers' guilds, the shop floors of luxury retailers to the Houses of Parliament, London Craft Week promises to take you on a journey of discovery into the capital's most creative spaces.

Launched in 2015 and now in its fourth edition, it's the only festival of its kind in the world. Packed with a calendar of events including behind-the-scenes demonstrations, hands-on craft workshops and a programme of talks, interviews and discussions featuring some of the most fascinating people working in global craft today.

Over the course of the week, you might learn the intricacies of Swiss horology, British millinery and Danish ceramics; blend your own fragrances, print your own books and craft your own tableware; and hear the stories of crafted works and iconic luxury products direct from the mouths of their makers – but still only scratch the surface of what London Craft Week has to offer.

Chairman Guy Salter, OBE MVO, says it all: "London Craft Week is a response to a renaissance in the appreciation of creativity and craft; to the role of hand, head, unique skills and true talent. It is another example of what, at its best, the world’s creative capital does so well – mixing glamour with cutting edge; heritage and contemporary and the commercial with the cultural."

London Craft Week takes place 9–13 May 2018. The full programme will be published this month. Stay updated via londoncraftweek.com.

Reiko Kaneko

Reiko Kaneko

Assemble at Sugarhouse Studios

Assemble at Sugarhouse Studios

Storm Bowl by Ane Christensen

Storm Bowl by Ane Christensen

Yuta Segawa, The Conran Shop

Yuta Segawa, The Conran Shop

Billy Lloyd, The Conran Shop

Billy Lloyd, The Conran Shop

Eleanor Lakelin at Cockpit Arts. Photo by Alun Callender.

Eleanor Lakelin at Cockpit Arts. Photo by Alun Callender.

Maud and Mabel

Maud and Mabel