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Jesse B.
Report | a month ago
I love the pottery class
Jezzy V.
Report | 3 months ago
Amazing place. arrive early to find parking as the fox theater is right next door
Nickolas G.
Report | 9 months ago
Buy a pair if safety goggle comfortable to your face. They have some, but nicer to have your own pair.
Tempie L.
Report | 2 years ago
Beautiful facility, with a lot of offerings. I am taking the Wood turning class, and am very impressed with the knowledge and skill of the instructor.
Sue J.
Report | 2 years ago
I have taken classes at the Delmar location before. My BIGGEST complaint is that the Metal Smith Class location has TERRIBLE tools to use. Many need replacement. Some of us have been COMPELLED to bring our own tools to class. The new people just have to struggle with the "junk" at Grand Center.
Rosalie B.
Report | 2 years ago
It's a beautiful facility, with open minded instruction. The perfect environment to foster creative expression.
Becky P.
Report | 2 years ago
Really need open studio time to work on projects outside of class time!!
Jeffrey T.
Report | 2 years ago
Bought as gift for my wife. She took a materials class last year and really enjoyed it, so I bought her another for anChristmas gift.

From Our Editors

Fire. Hammers. A pottery wheel. Some of humanity?s most elemental and primitive tools, yet into the 21st century they remain. And Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design Director Of Education Programs, Luanne Rimel, attests that they?re some of the coolest. With each season?s catalog of classes, some of the most popular, according to Rimel, let students play with fire, hammer metal into jewelry, or shape a lump of clay into something as fundamentally beautiful as a baby seal mimicking the Mona Lisa?s wry smirk.

At Craft Alliance, the focus is art in all its forms. Whether the tool is the raw flame fusing cut copper or a Mac loaded with Photoshop image-editing software, the intention to inspire and to create remains the same. Its two locations schedule seasonal terms with four- to six-week classes, as well as intensive workshops and children?s classes. Guiding each student along his or her adventure, skilled faculty instruct from experience. Most are working artists who exhibit their work and who have reaped their experience from the trenches of the art world.

Craft Alliance is not just empowering people with knowledge; they are also helping people make mugs, bowls, wooden spinning tops, rings, rugs, and digital photo albums. Many of these things are practical and serve a functional purpose. But many do not?they?re just beautiful things, like vestigial tails. A good number of these pieces are created by hand and are meant to remind us, as Rimel remarked, that everyone can do something different from their everyday, workaday lives by adding beauty to a world that truly needs it.

The student and faculty artists are the backbone of the Craft Alliance community, which in 2014 celebrates its 50th anniversary. The Grand Center location represents a regeneration of an arts district already pillared by the Fabulous Fox Theatre, Powell Symphony Hall, and St. Louis University.

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