The Society of Heraldic Art
Founded in 1987, the Society of Heraldic Arts was the first organisation of its kind in the world. It is now an established and much respected international guild of heraldic artists, designers and craftsmen, its Craft Members offering a comprehensive range of services to private clients and to corporate and civic organisations.
There are two classes of membership: Craft Membership for practitioners and Associate Membership for anyone who aspires to Craft Membership or who loves the vivacity and brilliance of heraldry and wishes to support the objectives of the Society.
Specialities offered by Craft Members include heraldic art (painted or drawn on paper and vellum), calligraphy, bookplates (engraved or drawn), document illumination, raised and burnished gilding, signwriting (including arms on wood, glass, plaster and stone), oil gilding, glass gilding, water gilding, stained glass windows, painted and fired glass, sculpting and carving (in wood, stone, precious metal and other materials), heraldic miniatures and figure modelling, precious metal jewellery, line engraved hallmarked silver or brass plaques, seal engraving, die-sinking for medals and shield-making.
The Society publishes a quarterly journal, The Heraldic Craftsman, which is received by all members. It features the work of heraldic artists, together with articles of a technical nature and news of the Society’s activities. The website is essentially a shop window for the work of the Society’s Craft Members and a focal point for all those who are attracted to this fascinating art form.
The Society also offers advice concerning the correct use of heraldry to enhance corporate or personal identity and its application in graphic design, architecture, documents, fabrics, artefacts etc..
We can also advise on how to apply to a granting authority for letters patent granting armorial bearings and can assist in the design process. Please browse artist profiles.