With two locations, an accommodating staff of floral designers and artists, and more than 30 years in the business, Crafts & Stuff has carved out a respected place in the Palm Beach arts-and-crafts community. Art and craft supplies range from Prismacolor markers to jewelry-making kits, and share shelf space with an array of wedding accouterments. Nearlyweds can rent custom floral pieces and artists can bring in their glitter and macaroni masterpieces to be immortalized by custom framers who ply their trade on site.
Signature service: Mixed-media art classes for all ages
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Brands Used: Mayco, Duncan, Blick
Pro Tip: We keep our classes small so that we can offer the best possible hands-on experience to each artist
What aspect of your job, or the services you offer, most often surprises people?
Because we offer pottery in our walk-in studio, many people don't realize [the variety] of classes we offer. We have classes in canvas painting, mosaics, ceramic techniques, jewelry making, crafts, glass fusing, and more.
Do you or your staff have any special certifications or degrees?
Our staff has a range of certifications from degrees in art education to having spent more than a decade in the ceramic world.
Describe a time your services really changed a client's life for the better.
We have had several customers tell us that our studio has been a calming retreat during a difficult time in their lives. From stressful jobs to cancer treatments, coming in to create has helped melt the stress of whatever struggles they were having at that time.
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