Art-Inspired Learning Starts With Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design

By Mackenzie Taylor
In Culture

With locations in one of the oldest buildings on The Delmar Loop as well as in the heart of Grand Center, Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design brings people of all ages together through the enriching and empowering art of craft. The Delmar Loop Gallery has a rotating exhibition program of incredible work from artists around the world and across the country.  In the Gallery Shop, you’ll find collections of fine art pieces both elegant and quirky, ranging from unique jewelry to bright and colorful glass bowls. Everything is handmade and many of the items for sale are made in the building. The sheer diversity of the work on display draws you into the space, and the constant juxtaposition of various mediums makes Craft Alliance the place to go to for aesthetic inspiration.


Photo by Hannah Foldy

At the heart of Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design is its education programming. Craft Alliance offers classes in clay, metals, fibers, wood, and glass for all ages. Whether you’re a complete beginner or an expert in your craft, you’ll find classes and workshops designed to help you master new skills. Classes like “Craft on Tap” offer a relaxed experience where you can sip a little local brew while making a complete project in just one evening.

We also love Craft Alliance’s focus on children and families. Children can start learning the art of crafting at age 3—the Kid’s Clay with Parents/Grandparents is a great way for both adults and children to learn together. And at the age of 6, children can start taking classes on their own, learning how to use and care for the tools in the studios. “It teaches children a lot about responsibility, and they really earn a sense of accomplishment,” says Jackie Chambers, Director of Development and Communications.

Craft Alliance is also involved in local school programming. Each week, students from local schools come to both Craft Alliance locations to take classes and learn about the processes involved in ceramics, wood turning, glass work, and metalsmithing.

Many people may believe that craft has to be something you create with your hands. Chambers explains the “the line between craft and design is kind of dissolving,” which is seen in the work that students are creating with 3-D printers in the graphics classes.

While the world of craft and design is always changing, Craft Alliance is constantly at the cutting edge of that shift and taking its students along for the ride. From the fashion design courses to classes on wood turning, Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design is cultivating the next generation of creative makers and giving them opportunities to shine.

Pick up your copy of the Good Vibes issue at Craft Alliance today.

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