Winter classes are open for registration!

Take a peek and browse our offerings for winter. The session starts in January 2024.

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Group Craft Experiences

Have a group bonding experience over potter’s wheels. Celebrate a “big” anniversary by making fused glass. Plan an experience for your school class or youth organization to experience the art and science of craft.

The Craft Center welcomes groups who want a communal experience in ceramics, metals, glass, and other craft media. Group studio experiences are priced depending on the size of the group, the cost of materials, and the duration of the studio (1 ½ hours minimum, one day, multiple days, etc.).

Samples of past studio experiences for groups have included “Learning to Throw on the Potter’s Wheel,” “Fused Glass Ornaments,” “Fold-Forming Metal,” “Garden Ornaments in the Clay Studio,” “Bookmaking,” and more.

Please note for group experiences, we require approximately 4-6 weeks advance notice of your desired booking date. Scheduling options will vary based on material requirements, pre-scheduled programs, rentals, and lessons in the studios, as well as instructor availability.

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Ceramics

Learn to use the Potter’s Wheel, 3 hours, 6-10 participants. Use the potter’s wheel to throw pots and bowls, and have fun while learning. You will be taught the basics of throwing, practice on the wheel under the instructor’s guidance, and decorate and fire your successful “first works”.

All Ceramics Studio Group Experiences require a minimum of four weeks of pre-planning time.

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Metals

Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings, 6 hours, Minimum of 6 participants Design your own sterling silver earrings! You’ll learn to use a variety of jewelry making techniques to create your very own pair of free-flowing sterling silver dangle earrings! Finish up by adding an antiqued patina and fabricating your own ear wire!

Stackable Rings, 6 hours, minimum of 6 participants. Spend an evening with family and friends learning the basics of sizing, measuring, cutting, soldering, and forming sterling silver to create your own set of three stackable rings!

Stamped Copper Dangle Earrings, 6 hours, Minimum of 6 participants Earrings are one of the most popular forms of jewelry. Learn how to create a pair of stamped copper “dangle” earrings with sterling silver ear wires from start to finish using traditional metalsmithing techniques! ​

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Host a Birthday Party

Host a birthday party that inspires creativity! Book a creative activity of your choice plus one hour of party time. We will provide the instructor for one hour of crafting. All craft supplies, tables and chairs are included. Download and print your own invitation card for your guests and bring your own cake, food and other party supplies with you.

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Private Lessons

Occasionally, based on availability of instructors and of studio space, the Worcester Center for Crafts is able to schedule students (2 person maximum) for private lessons. The cost of a private lesson is calculated on the cost of running the equipment of a specific studio for a minimum of 2-3 hours, plus the cost of the instructor and any needed materials.

Private lessons are developed with an emphasis on recurring lessons intended to assist a student who is not able to attend regularly scheduled course programming with developing foundational craft skills over an extended period of time or across several lessons. For example, the Ceramics Department requires a series booking of a minimum of 4 private lessons.

Private lessons are generally not intended for one-time experiences. Please consider registering for one of our community programs open for registration here!

Contact the department head in the area in which you would like private lesson(s) if you have specific questions.​ Ceramics: Tom O’Malley, tomalley1@worcester.edu | Glass: Tomo Sakai, tsakai@worcester.edu | Metals: Julian De La Graza, jdelagarza@worcester.edu