The SIU Craft Shop offers an array of arts and crafts opportunities this fall

August 16, 2021

The SIU Craft Shop offers an array of arts and crafts opportunities this fall

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Illinois — You can create pottery, tie-dye, glassware, paint, carpentry, and more during fall workshops at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s craft store.

Located in the Student Center, the shop hosts a full range of workshops. Additional cleaning and safety rules are in place, including limiting registration to 10 people per class and masks are mandatory.

The registration deadline is at least two days before the start of each workshop, but due to class size limits, the organizers encourage early registration to

studentcenter.siu.edu/activities/craft-shop/workshops.

At present, plans also include holding the traditional Family Weekend Craft Sale on September 24-25, the Holiday Craft Sale on December 2-4, and the Craft Sale and Valentine’s Bazaar on February 14, 2022. Vendor applications are now being accepted for all three events. The public will be welcome to attend the sales.

Fall Workshop Highlights

The workshop program for this semester includes:

  • Safety course in carpentry workshops – Session 1 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., August 28; Session 2 is from 1 to 2 p.m. September 11, free.
  • Tie-dye techniques – 5:30-7:30 p.m., August 31, $12 for students, $14 for others, materials included.
  • Wheel Pottery – 6-8:30 p.m. September 2, 9, 16, and 23, $75 for students and $85 for others for the 4-week course, plus $12 for 10 pounds of clay.
  • Noon Watercolor: Small Objects – 12 p.m.-1 p.m., Sept. 1, $12 for students and $14 for others, including all materials.
  • Glass Bead Making – 6-8 p.m., September 17, $25 for students, $30 for others, with glass purchased separately. A second session is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on November 16.
  • Custom Greek Paddle – 12:30-3 p.m., September 18, $30 for students, $35 for others and includes materials.
  • Blockprint Tote Bag – 6-8:30 p.m. September 22, $25 for students, $30 for others, includes materials.
  • Soy Wax Batik Tapestry – 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 28 and Oct. 6, $65 for students and $70 for others, including all materials for the two-week workshop.
  • Introduction to sewing – 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 1, $20 students and $25 for others, materials extra.
  • Introduction to Quilting – 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27, $100 for students and $120 for others, plus materials. The list of supplies will be provided prior to the four-week workshop.
  • Knitting: scarf – 6 to 8 p.m., Oct. 7 and 14, $20 for students, $25 for others plus materials for both weeks.
  • Slab Built Coffee Cups – 12:30-3 p.m., Oct. 9, $25 for students, $30 for others. Cost includes 2.5 pounds of clay and all slips and glazes.
  • Introduction to Stained Glass – 5 to 7 p.m., Oct. 19, 21, 26 and 28, $100 for students, $100 for others for all four sessions, plus materials available for purchase at the boutique.
  • Wheel Pottery – 6 to 8:30 p.m., October 19 and 26 and November 2 and 9, $75 for students, $85 for others for all four sessions, plus $12 for 10 pounds of clay.
  • Lunchtime Painting: Fall Foliage – 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 20, $12 for students, $14 for others, includes all materials.
  • Metallurgy: cuff bracelet – 1 to 3:30 p.m., Oct. 23, $30 for students, $35 for others, including materials.
  • Introduction to woodworking – 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 23, 30 and Nov. 6, $65 for students and $70 for others for the three sessions, plus materials.
  • Polymer Clay Sculptures – 6-8 p.m. Oct. 22, $30 for students, $35 for others, includes materials.
  • Craft Pottery – 6 to 8:30 p.m., October 21, 28 and November 4, $55 for students and $60 for others for all four sessions, plus $12 for 10 pounds of clay.
  • Pen and Ink Lunchtime – 12-1 p.m., Nov. 3, $12 for students, $14 for others, includes materials.
  • Dye and Sew: Pillowcase – 1 to 3 p.m., November 6 and 13, $45 for students, $50 for others for both weeks and includes materials.
  • Custom Printed Greeting Cards – 6 to 8 p.m., November 10 and 24, $30 for students and $35 for others and includes all materials for both sessions.
  • Fused Glass Ornaments – 6-8 p.m. Nov. 16, $25 for students and $30 for others; glass is purchased separately.
  • Silver Rings – 5:30-8 p.m. Nov. 23, $35 for students and $40 for others, including materials.

All times and dates are subject to change.

To learn more

Age requirements vary by workshop. Find full details on all workshops and other activities, as well as registration information and details on upcoming craft sales, at studentcenter.siu.edu/activities/craft-shop/workshops. Or email [email protected] or call 618-453-3636 for more information.

Other options available

In addition, the craft shop offers:

  • Possibilities to organize birthday parties or other gatherings in small groups.
  • Private lessons.
  • Zoom group craft parties.
  • Virtual craft workshops.

The information is available online. Email [email protected] or call 618-453-3636 for details.

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