CRAFT Scotland has announced a new partnership with the American Craft Council allowing 20 makers and designers to take a transatlantic trip to showcase their work at a five-day event next month.

Fiona Logue, director of the arts charity, said: “Scotland has a rich heritage in craft and making and what is particularly exciting is how that influences makers working in Scotland today. The makers and designers selected are a mixture of emerging and established talent all of whom challenge perceptions of what Scottish craft might be and it is that vibrancy that has been recognised by the American Craft Council.

“We’re delighted to be able to continue to develop links between Scotland and North America.”

Scotland’s makers were invited to the flagship American Craft Show Baltimore 2017 event to help them develop in the US market.

It is also the first time an international presence has featured in the show. Previously only US craftspeople have showcased their work at the event, which attracts over 20,000 visitors.

Among Scotland’s 20 lucky makers will be Adam Henderson’s precious metal jewellery, inspired by transactions in the modern world, and Lara Scobie’s stunning sculptural ceramics. The makers selected include jewellers, ceramicists and textile artists.

A number of the works take their inspiration from Scotland’s breathtaking seascapes and stunning coastline, flora in the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Scottish folklore and Scotland’s urban creatures.