5 Places to Learn a New Craft in St. Louis

If you want to learn a new skill, make something beautiful and meet like-minded creatives, taking a craft class is the perfect way to kill three birds with a single stone. St. Louis has an abundance of great craft studios to choose from that offer one-day or longer-term workshops in everything from wheel-thrown ceramics to loom weaving to blacksmithing.

Summer is the perfect time to pick up a new hobby, so get your craft on at any of the five St. Louis studios below. Pro tip: start crafting now, and you’ll have holiday gifts ready to go for everyone on your list.

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Photo courtesy of Craft Central.

Perennial
This awesome nonprofit focuses on sustainability, offering community workshops that teach you how transform discarded items into useful and beautiful wares. With the guidance of their helpful instructors, you can learn how to use salvaged and repurposed materials to make hand-bound journals, planter boxes, wire-wrapped jewelry, woven wall hangings and a whole lot more.

Craft Alliance
If you’re looking to really immerse yourself in a new craft, Craft Alliance is the perfect place to do it. Most of their classes run for a few weeks or a few months, giving you a solid foundation in the fundamentals of ceramics, drawing, bead-making and stained-glass painting, just to name a few options. Pop into their Delmar Loop shop when you need some inspiration for your own creations.

Third Degree Glass Factory
Arguably the coolest craft, glassblowing uses fire and your lung capacity to shape beautiful forms like vases and pitchers. Third Degree offers regular classes in glassblowing, flameworking and fused glass (if fire isn’t your thing), with the goal of preparing you for making glass art all on your own.

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Photo courtesy of Perennial.

Craft Central
If you’ve ever wanted to make your own metal bottle opener, weave your own table runner, or make adorable felt figurines, this University City studio is the craft spot for you. Get your toes wet with their bi-weekly knitting circle or their pick-and-paint Ceramics Open Night every third Friday of the month.

COCA
You may already know that COCA offers fantastic classes for kids, but did you know they have classes for adults, too? You can try out hip-hop, salsa, Bollywood and all sorts of other dance classes—or pick up a new skill in classes like Art and Design, Storytelling for Business, Improv, or Voice.

Cover photo courtesy of Perennial.

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