On Saturday, November 14th, craft steps out of the studio and into the heart of Philadelphia with CraftNOWCreate, a hands-on exploration of craft at the Kimmel Center. All activities are free and family-friendly.

The event will feature activities and demonstrations by The Center for Art in Wood, the Clay Studio, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Tyler School of Art and the University of the Arts.

Check out some of the fun events attendees can participate in…

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wooden Whistle Workshop
Learn how to carve your very own wooden whistle with reknowned wood artist and educator Beth Ireland. All ages are welcome; under 10 years with parental supervision.

The Giant Loom
Work with fiber artists to create a woven wall of fabric with a giant tapestry loom.

Glass Blowing Studio Tour
Watch a video of the University of the Arts glass studio from the comfort of the Kimmel Center – and then head next door for a real live tour. Escorted tours leave every half hour.

Knit Lab with Andrew Dahlgren
Learn how to use a knitting machine and make your own scarf.

Jewelry Demonstration
Students from University of the Arts work together to make a silver chain.

Tabletop Handlooms
A demonstration on the techniques used to working with a tabletop handloom.

Crafted Costumes
Experimental costume designs created by craft students at UArts will be modelled.

12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Woodturning with Derek Weidman
Starting with a block of wood and a power lathe, Derek will create interpretive wood sculptures based on audience suggestions.

Glue and Glass
Kids of all ages can make their very own “stained glass” coaster using glue and watercolor.

3D Ceramic Printing and Slip Casting
Experience the future of ceramics as a 3D printer is used in combination with traditional slip casting.

1:30-4:00 p.m.
Wheel Battles
An innovative and dynamic event in which two artists go head-to-head in a series of “battles” on the pottery wheel. The battles include tallest vessel, blind-folded throw, mug race, tandem throw and more.

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