Creme de la Craft – Leap Year ’24
Thursday, February 29, 2024
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: Waller Crafts Center
Make the Most of Your Extra Day!
Come craft a night to remember with us at the Craftsmen’s Guild on Thursday, February 29, 2024!
You will be treated to dinner and cocktails, along with great music! You’ll also receive a fine craft item.
Tickets for this event are limited and are on sale now!
Get $100 Individual Tickets
Get $150 Couples Tickets
CELEBRATING 50 YEARS: 1973 – 2023
Long before “creative economy” and “cultural tourism,” Governor William Waller theorized that organizing and fostering Mississippi’s craft artisans would benefit the state’s economy, image, and tourism.
In 1973, Governor Waller put into motion what would become the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi, and ever since, the Guild has been proving him right.
For over four decades, the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi has helped craftsmen make a living from their craft, enforced high standards, and provided educational programs to pass along both craft skills and an appreciation for them to future generations.
The Guild is headquartered in the 20,000 square foot William Lowe “Bill” Waller, Sr. Craft Center that has many functions:
- a spacious retail gallery
- classrooms and studios
- special events venue, and
- visitors’ center.
We are proud to be located in Ridgeland, Mississippi, near the Natchez Trace Parkway, and to play a role in Ridgeland’s vibrant culture.
Our mission at the Craftsmen’s Guild is a simple one …
To preserve, promote, market, educate and encourage excellence in regional crafts, believing that contact with the skilled work of the hand enhances both producers’ and patrons’ lives.
The crafts on display in our galleries are there for viewing and for purchase. Our staff is knowledgeable about the craftsmen and their work, and each item purchased comes with a biography of the artisan who created it. Make a purchase with meaning and lasting value—an investment for Mississippi’s future!
Explore Central Mississippi: Ridgeland, the Natchez Trace Parkway, Jackson, Flowood, and Canton
After your visit to the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi, explore several of Mississippi’s vibrant cities, where culture and craftsmanship converge.
Welcome to Mississippi, where history, culture, and craftsmanship converge in vibrant cities like Ridgeland, Jackson, Flowood, Canton, and along the scenic Natchez Trace Parkway.
Whether you’re a history buff, an art enthusiast, or simply seeking a taste of Southern hospitality, these destinations offer an array of experiences to captivate your senses.
Join us as we explore the best attractions and activities in each city.
Ridgeland: Shop, Dine, and Explore
Ridgeland is a charming city nestled between the Natchez Trace Parkway and the serene waters of the Barnett Reservoir. After your visit to the Craft Center, spend your day browsing unique boutiques at the Renaissance at Colony Park, indulging in delicious cuisine at local eateries, or enjoying outdoor activities such as kayaking and hiking along the scenic trails.
Ridgeland Tourism Commission – Discover more about Ridgeland’s attractions and events.
Natchez Trace Parkway: Journey Through History and Nature
Embark on a scenic drive along the Natchez Trace Parkway, a historic route that winds through three states and over 400 miles of stunning landscapes. Explore ancient Native American mounds, hike along pristine trails, and discover charming towns brimming with Southern hospitality. The Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi is adjacent to the Natchez Trace Parkway, in Ridgeland, Mississippi.
Natchez Trace Parkway/Scenic Trace – Plan your adventure along the Natchez Trace Parkway with maps, points of interest, and visitor information.
Jackson: Immerse Yourself in History and Culture
As the capital city of Mississippi, Jackson boasts a rich tapestry of history and culture. Explore the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, delve into the state’s artistic heritage at the Mississippi Museum of Art, or learn about Mississippi’s natural history at MDWFP’s Mississippi Museum of Natural Science.
Visit Jackson – Your guide to Jackson’s museums, events, and dining options.
Flowood: Experience Southern Hospitality
Flowood welcomes visitors with its warm hospitality and modern amenities. Spend your day shopping at the Dogwood Festival Market, tee off at one of the city’s premier golf courses, or unwind with a leisurely walk around the tranquil Winner’s Circle Park.
Flowood Chamber of Commerce/Discover Flowood – Plan your visit to Flowood with information on shopping, dining, and recreation.
Canton: Step Back in Time
Canton’s historic charm and Southern hospitality beckon travelers to explore its antebellum homes, quaint downtown district, and vibrant community events. Don’t miss the Canton Flea Market, one of the largest outdoor markets in the South, where you can shop for unique treasures and handmade crafts.
Canton Tourism – Learn more about Canton’s history and upcoming events.