Celebrating 50 Years

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!