We are a small business based in Swansea, South Wales, UK. We (Chris & Armelle Dignam) began in 2010 hand painting glassware (lanterns and suncatchers) to sell at a local Craft Market and things just grew from there. This was Crafty Dog Designs. The name came from our involvement with greyhound rescue where we first got the bug for meeting people and selling at greyhound jumble sales and fundraising at street collections. When we needed a name and a logo for our craft business, what could be better than the Crafty Dog – a greyhound in an artist’s beret. “Cymru” is the Welsh name for Wales, which we added so as not to confuse us with a Crafty Dog business in the USA.
A glut of Chilli’s in the greenhouse led to Mrs Crafty Dog producing our now legendary Hot Chilli Jam, the first batch of 12 jars of which we sold and never even had one ourselves! From this the second part of the business, Crafty Dog Preserves was born. We now supply shops, (including our co-operative in our own village of Clydach, called The Coterie) as well as the occasional craft fair and have a range of over 20 jams, chutneys and marmalades,(depending on the season) all still handmade in Swansea.
We also now publish books by Chris Dignam (one of our founders) under the Crafty Dog Books banner, available through this website. Click HERE to go to our Books pages.