September 27, 2010

Craft Shop’s fall schedule offers plenty of variety

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A new semester means a new selection of workshops and activities at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Student Center Craft Shop.

The fall workshop schedule includes one-day events, multi-week workshops and seasonal activities. All are open to SIUC students and the community at large. There are even workshops just for children.

The multi-week workshops include beginner sewing, ceramics, knit a scarf, silver and glass jewelry, stained glass, woodworking, Raku ceramics and stained glass. The beginner’s sewing workshop really starts at the beginning -- learning how to use a sewing machine, threading a bobbin and sewing a variety of stitches. Raku is a 16th century Japanese firing process giving pottery a metallic luster and crackled finish. At the craft shop you can learn basic skills to create the pottery and an outdoor firing event will finalize the Raku glaze.

There are a number of one-day workshops giving participants the chance to learn to make fused glass, make glass beads and cut matts for framing. Children have several opportunities to make ceramics too.

You can also make homemade tamales, fashion a tooled leather belt, create handmade holiday cards or even craft a violin during one of the many seasonal workshops. The Craft Shop is home to a variety of walk-in activities, too.

The prices and schedules for the workshops and activities vary. Find the complete schedule of fall 2010 workshops online at

The Craft Shop, in the lower level of the Student Center, is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the fall semester.

For more information or to sign up for a workshop, call 618/453-3636 or 618/453-5209. You can also learn more at the shop’s Facebook page or by e-mailing