I also went to Manchester Craft and Design Centre for the first time - what a great place! It is in the Northern Quarter and is home to 30 artists and makers who make and sell their handmade products directly to the public. It is open 6 days a week and you can walk in and wander around all the different studios seeing finished products, glimpsing tools and the working process.
Some of my favourites were Clare Hillerby jewellery, Kaper, paper sculptures by Kate Kelly (a new discovery and a wonderful studio with paper sculptures all over the walls - I didn't have the confidence to ask for a photo so you'll just have to go and see!) and Fir + Wren at Holm. Holm looked really cool from the outside (and by peering through the windows!) however it was closed so I didn't get to see it up close.
I thought Manchester Craft and Design Centre was a fantastic space, so inspiring and I wanted to move in!