Friday, October 29, 2010

Our Busy November!

Both locations of Craft Alliance will be bustling with events this November and we can't wait!

The second round of fall classes has started and students are enjoying our brand new wood turning studio in the Kranzberg Arts Center! We will be having an open house where you can tour the studio on Friday, November 19th!
David Charak, Steve Novik and his wife Cathy Barancik have generously provided funding to build a spacious, well-equipped studio designed to accommodate the tools and the work space needed for an optimal learning and working experience.
Special thanks to Keith Baizer for launching the Craft Alliance woodturning program by donating six lathes since 2007. The Charak/Novik Studio will be the only woodturning studio in St. Louis to offer the public the opportunity to learn this classic art!

On A Roll: Artists’ Toys opens Friday, November 12 in the Charak Gallery, Delmar Loop. Local artists were challenged to create a toy with wheels, some artists used traditional approaches and others a more conceptual interpretation of the classic plaything.
This exhibition features the work of Corey Ackelmire, Cathy Barancik, Dan Barnett, Michael Bauermeister, Nathan Dube, Robert Ebendorf, Melody Ellis, Cameron Fuller, Matt Keim, Dan Krueger, Robert Longyear, Roger Rimel, Will Rimel, Rimas VisGirda, Bernhard Voss and Karen Woodward.

As the Holidays approach and our Glass Ornaments arrive, remember to Save the Date for our Member Appreciation Weekend!
November 11th - 14th the Craft Alliance Gallery Shop on Delmar will be having its annual Double Discount Member Appreciation Weekend!
New and Current Members will receive 20% off their purchases in the shop. To find out more about becoming a member, check out our website!

Thanksgiving weekend wouldn't be complete without our Student/Faculty Sale! Featuring ceramics, fibers and more made by our skilled faculty and students, you can purchase all kinds of handmade holiday gifts! The sale will be outside of our Delmar location on November 27, 9 am - 5pm and November 28th, Noon - 5pm.

Hope to see you at all of our events!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Classes at Grand Center!

Our classes are filling up quickly! Below is a sample of classes offered at our Grand Center location! Sign up online or call our registrar at 314-534-7528


Instructor: Gina Rosienski, Metals Artist in Residence! (6 weeks)
Wednesdays, Oct 27-Dec 8, 6:00 – 9:00P
(No class Nov 24)
This class is designed for students with NO prior metal working experience. Sample the fundamentals of metalsmithing: turning simple silver, copper and brass sheet into unique jewelry objects and constructions. Learn how to cut, pierce, join and finish elements with soldering techniques and cold connections. Tools, some metal, and basic supplies are provided.

Instructor: Gina Rosienski, Metals Artist in Residence! (6 weeks)
Mondays, Oct 25-Dec 6, 6:00 – 9:00P
(No class Nov 22)
Learn how to set stones such as cabochons to enhance your jewelry pieces in this 6-week class. Students will learn to create traditional and modified bezel settings and prong settings, flush settings, and tube setting. Pre-requisite: Beginning Metal Design class or other metalsmithing and soldering experience.

Instructor: Andrea Pennington (5 weeks)
Thursdays, Oct 28-Dec 2, 6:00 – 9:00P
(No class Nov 25)
Learn to use basic feltmaking techniques combined with simple metalsmithing techniques to create fun and functional jewelry. Using both wet felting processes and dry needle felting techniques, learn to create three-dimensional components out of wool to combine with silver, copper and brass for your own one-of-a-kind jewelry. The class is appropriate for beginners and intermediate students.


Instructor: Sarah Rebholz (4 weeks)
Saturdays, Oct 30-Nov 20, 10:00A - 12:30P
This class surveys ways of working with clay both with and without the potter’s wheel. Students will learn coil and slab construction methods as well as how to “throw” cylinders and small bowls on the wheel. Various surface design and glazing techniques will also be covered. No previous experience is necessary.

Instructor: Rachel Akin, Clay Artist in Residence! (6 weeks)
Tuesdays, Oct 26-Nov 30, 6:00 - 8:00P
This beginning wheel class will introduce participants to the basic techniques of throwing forms on the potter’s wheel. Fundamental techniques of throwing cylinder forms and bowls will be demonstrated and taught, as well as an introduction to glazing. Ages 12 to Adult will enjoy learning to make clay forms on the wheel.

Woodturning in our brand new studio:

Instructor: Bernhard Voss (4 weeks)
Saturdays, Oct 30-Nov 20, 11:30-1:00P
Want to try something new? Learn to make simple wooden utensils, toy tops, a small bowl and other wood designs on a lathe with Master Woodturner, Bernhard Voss. This is a small class with lots of individual attention and all tools and wood materials are provided. (Maximum 6 students)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Grand Center Interview!

Nancy Kranzberg interviewed Rachel Akin, artist in residence & Susan Donahue Yates, Program Director of Craft Alliance in Grand Center as part of the KDHX Arts Interview. They discuss both of Craft Alliance’s locations, our galleries, exhibitions, classes, and the artist in residence program.
Click here to listen to the interview!