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Craft Contemporary offers a variety of workshops and classes, art talks, readings, and participatory projects for all ages. View our chronological list of events.

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Spring 2019 Programs


Craftivism: The Art of Gentle Protest
With Sarah Corbett

Saturday June 22  |  1:00 pm  |  Free with RSVP 

When we think of protest many will envision signs, chants, and marching. Join Sarah Corbett, award-winning activist, author and founder of the global Craftivist Collective in conversation with Tatiana von Fürstenberg to hear about a type of activism she calls ‘gentle protest’ using craftivism (craft + activism). Learn how Corbett’s work has helped to change laws, policies, hearts and minds around the world.

Space is limited, RSVP required:


Punch it! Embroider it!
A Punch Needle Workshop with Ivan Lopez

Sunday, June 23 | 12:00–3:30pm | $80 / $75 members (includes materials)

Ivan Lopez, a local fiber artist and educator, leads a meditative workshop on punch needle embroidery. Participants will practice introductory techniques and stitches while they create their own cross-stitched designs.

Space is limited, advance registration required.

Craftivism Workshop with Sarah Corbett

Wednesday, June 26  |  6 pm  |  $40 / $35 members (includes materials)
For adults 17 years and older

Sarah Corbett, author of How to be a Craftivist: The Art of Gentle Protest and founder of the UK-based Craftivist Collective, leads participants in  connecting our hands, hearts, and heads to make a difference. Take part in two of her unique projects to be a come a kind, effective and gentle craftivist using hand embroidery and paper craft. Craft skills are not essential. Come with an open heart and open mind. Advance registration required.

Open Clay Studio with Eunice Lee

Thursday, June 27 | 11:00am-1:00pm
Cost per session: $45 / $35 members (includes basic materials, clay, and firing) 

For beginners and experts alike, our clay studio offers a fun, open space to make, experiment, and play with clay--casual instruction available. For ages 17+.

Space is limited, advance registration required.

“Patent Party Steam” to celebrate the USPTO Patent Issued for the Steam Egg on May 7, 2019
Sunday, June 30  |  12 pm – 3 pm

Steam Egg will be fully operational as a steam room for five Sundays over the course of this summer, during which guests are invited to climb up and into this egg-shaped steam room and immerse themselves in a hot, intimate setting with friends and strangers. The steam will be infused with specially devised scents selected by our “Herb-J,” or “Olfaction DJ.” Two or three short rounds of steaming are recommended. Please arrive early and be ready to sweat– guests are asked to bring their own towels and bathing suit. Drinking water and changing rooms will be provided. All events are free and open to the public.


Craft Contemporary will be closed for Independence Day, Thursday, July 4. There will be no CraftNight in July due to the holiday.


CraftSocial: Flower & Plant Dye Workshop
Saturday, July 6 | 1:00 – 3:00 PM
$30 / $40 members

Learn the basics about natural dyes and experiment with dying fabric using a variety of plants found in the wild or your front yard! Participants will learn introductory dye techniques using tree matter and flowers to dye cotton and silks and are encouraged to bring their own flowers or plants to experiment.

Space is limited, advanced registration required.



Queer X Design
Book Launch & Signing with Andy Campbell
Saturday, July 13 | 3:00 PM | Free with RSVP

Join scholar and author Andy Campbell for a conversation and book launch celebrating the publication of his most recent work, Queer X Design: 50 Years of Signs, Symbols, Banners, Logos, and Graphic Art of LGBTQ. Campbell’s book is the first-ever illustrated work exploring the history of the iconic designs, symbols, and graphic art developed over five decades of LGBTQ+ pride and activism.

Space is limited, RSVP required:



Member Event:
Studio Tour of Artist Lofts DTLA
Sunday, July 14 | 1:00 PM | Free

Craft Contemporary members are invited to an intimate studio tour with artist Mary Little and sculptor Chris Collins. Learn about their individual approaches to making within their creative spaces, located in a converted furniture factory near the heart of the Arts District.

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Printing with Bubbles!
A Craftlab Family Workshop
Sunday, July 14 | 1:30- 3:30 PM
$10 adults / $7 children / Free for members

BUBBLES!! Join us for a fun workshop experimenting with dye, soap, and bubbles to create unique and bubbly print patterns on paper!

Space is limited. RSVP requested.


Rolling Slabs and Building Boxes:
Open Clay Studio with Eunice Lee
Thursday, July 25 | 11:00am-1:00pm
Cost per session: $45 / $35 members (includes basic materials, clay, and firing)

For beginners and experts alike, our clay studio offers a fun, open space to make, experiment, and work. Learn the basic skills to roll the perfect slab and use them to build your own clay box! For ages 14+.

Space is limited, advanced registration required.



A Hypertufa Pot Workshop
with Steve Gerischer
Saturday, July 27 | 12:00pm-2:00pm
$45 / $35 members (includes materials)

Using cement, perlite, and coir, you will learn the basic techniques to create a lightweight hypertufa planting pot. Join Steve Gerischer, award-winning landscape designer and president of the Southern California Horticultural Society for a dirty and fun hypertufa afternoon!

Space is limited, advanced registration required.



On the Inside:
Testif-i, Stories of Re-Entry
Sunday, July 28 | 3:00 PM | Free

What are the barriers people face upon release from incarceration, and the tools, programs, and measures available to help their process of re-entry? We invite you to listen to testimonials and stories from formerly incarcerated women and be part of a discussion about ways to support returning individuals and strategies for their successful re-entry to life on the outside.

Space is limited, RSVP required:




Alternative Embroidery Workshop with NO SESSO

Thursday, August 1 | 7:00–9:00pm

$15 / Free for members (includes materials)

L.A.-based fashion house NO SESSO hosts an experimental night of embroidery, fashion, and music. Learn how to hand embroider flowers using a variety of stiches and meet the fantastic minds behind a brand that aims to create a world of fashion and art inclusive of color and gender nonconformists.

Space is limited. RSVP requested.



Crafting Histories in Clay:
Exhibition and Culminating Event
Saturday, August 3 | 2:00–5:00pm | Free

Craft Contemporary hosts an outdoor reception and exhibition of ceramic work created by the participants of our older adult clay workshop series taught by artist Wayne Perry. This program is generously sponsored by Aroha Philanthropies.



Printmaking: Envelopes and Stationery with Art Division

A CraftLab Family Workshop
Sunday, August 11 | 1:30-3:30pm
$10 adults / $7 children / Free for members

Inspired by our current exhibition On the Inside, participants will work with teaching artists from Art Division and learn a variety of printmaking techniques to create their very own envelopes and stationery that can be sent out to our currently incarcerated LGBTQ+ pen pal network.

Space is limited. RSVP requested.



Surface Decorations & Stenciling:
Open Clay Workshop with Rudy Falagan
Thursday, August 15 | 11:00am-1:00pm
Cost per session: $45 / $35 members (includes basic materials, clay, and firing)

For beginners and experts alike, our clay studio offers a fun, open space to make, experiment, and work with clay. Artist Rudy Falagan joins us for a special workshop on surface decoration exploring textures, slip, and stenciling— the possibilities are endless when working with clay. For ages 14+.

Space is limited, advanced registration required.


The People’s Workshop
Quilting as Memory and Vision:
Community Crafting for LGBTQ+ Liberation
Saturday, August 24 | 3:00-6:00pm
$10 / Free for members (includes materials)

Participants will use techniques such as hand-stitching, gluing, and embroidery to create quilt squares inspired by past, present, and future LGBTQ+ movements and communities. Quilt squares created during the workshop can be incorporated into two large-scale community quilts.

Space is limited, advanced registration required.



Clay Marbling:
Open Clay Workshop with Eunice Lee
Thursday, August 29 | 11:00am-1:00pm
Cost per session: $45 / $35 members (includes basic materials, clay, and firing)

For beginners and experts alike, our clay studio offers a fun, open space to make, experiment, and work with clay. For this session, participants will be working with Eunice Lee to experiment with a variety of clay bodies to create a marbled clay effect! For ages 14+.

Space is limited, advanced registration required.




On the Inside Gallery Talk
Sunday, September 1 | 1:00pm | Free

Dominique Morgan, national director of Black & Pink newsletter, will tell his story about the direct and secondary impact of incarceration on his family and community, and discuss ways of creating a society where resilience is not necessary for survival.

Space is limited, RSVP required:



CLAY LA: VIP Preview & Brunch
Saturday, September 7 | 10:00–11:30am
$20 (includes complimentary food, drink, and museum admission)

Be the first to shop this year’s CLAY LA ceramic marketplace and snatch that ceramic piece you’ve been dreaming about! VIP guests get early access to the marketplace and enjoy complimentary cocktails and snacks.

Advanced tickets available:



Saturday, September 7 & Sunday, September 8
11:30am–5:00pm | Free with admission

Craft Contemporary’s annual ceramic marketplace and fundraiser features emerging and established ceramic makers in the greater Los Angeles area. CLAY LA is the leading marketplace to find innovative and inventive makers and ceramic objects. Celebrate clay and local artists during this fun weekend of shopping, clay workshops, music, and drinks!

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There will be no CraftLab in September due to CLAY LA. We invite you to join us for our CLAY LA drop in air-dry clay workshops all weekend from 1:30-3:30. Free with admission.

Craft Contemporary galleries will be closed for exhibition installation from September 9-27. The Museum Shop will maintain its regular hours.



Opening Reception for RAW: Craft, Commodity, and Capitalism,
Finding the Center: Works by Echiko Ohira, and Cynthia Minet: Jacked
Saturday, September 28 | 6:00-9:00pm
$12 entry / Free for members

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