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OKG7 Shop: Get crafty

Devon Green March 5th, 2014

March is National Craft Month. Handcrafted items by Okies are becoming more and more available to the general public, thanks to local purveyors such as Collected Thread and DNA galleries, both in the Plaza District, and a demand for homegrown wares among OKC’s savvy shoppers. But what about making your own goods? Who can help you in your quest? Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Oklahoma Contemporary 

3000 General Pershing Blvd. 


Get way out of your comfort zone and discover something you never even knew you could learn at Oklahoma Contemporary this spring. On the schedule starting March 25 are Stop Motion Animation, taught by local artist Chad Mount, and Contemporary Dance Repertoire by Oklahoma City Ballet company member Sarah Jane Crespo. Also available is a new course, Relief Printmaking, by the 2011 Paseo Arts Association’s Oklahoma Artist of the Year, Stacey D. Miller. Oklahoma Contemporary offers classes and camps for adults and children throughout the year, and no prior experience is necessary.

Zee’s Stained Glass Studio 

3308 S. Walker Ave. 


If you are interested in learning more about glass for purely ornamental purposes or finishing a mosaic for your patio walk, the people at Zee’s can help. With a talented staff and a wide selection of classes, you can learn more than glassblowing. The studio also offers several classes to make a variety of things from clocks to beautiful stained-glass accents with the added benefit of the use of Zee’s tools and equipment.

The Brew Shop 

3624 N. Pennsylvania Ave.


One of the largest retailers of homemade beer supplies in the United States, it offers a wealth of classes on making wine and beer in the comfort of your own home. Even better, all the classes are free. Simply call to make a reservation.

At the very least, the next Prohibition won’t catch you unprepared and you could save yourself some money on your booze budget.

Alouette Beads 

2150 S. Douglas Blvd., Midwest City


With a huge selection and a friendly staff, Alouette Beads in Midwest City has a beading project for everyone. The store carries a variety of reasonably priced classes that teach everything from the basics of beading to how to finish your piece in a unique way. The schedule is posted online monthly, and the staff is also willing to accommodate strange schedules or help you with that one project that you’ve gotten hung up on.

Oklahoma Quiltworks

9323 N. Pennsylvania Ave.


In addition to being National Craft Month, March 15 is National Quilt Day. And what better way to celebrate than taking a look at a craft that is a vital part of our national heritage? Those at Oklahoma Quiltworks would be delighted to show you the huge variety of fabrics available, as well as teach you the basic skills that your grandmother takes for granted.

The shop offers a wide variety of classes covering everything from the basics of sewing machine operation and quilting to those techniques you never got around to learning. They are available monthly and are clearly marked in respect to their level of difficulty.

A Jewler’s Art 

2924 Paseo St.


A little bit gallery, a little bit makespace and a whole lot of stuff crammed into one room is a fair description of Jeweler’s Art nestled in the Paseo, owned by Sheridan Conrad, a local artist and metalsmith.

Conrad offers a number of classes out of her studio for those wishing to make their own works of art out of metal and precious stones. Her class schedule is online, and classes are available for jewelers of all skill levels.

House of Clay 

1100 NW 30th St.


To progress beyond simply molding clay with your hands, you need a pottery wheel, a kiln and a variety of glazes in order to put the finishing touches on your masterpiece.

The kind folks at House of Clay are here to help you out, offering classes that teach the basics of wheelthrown pottery as well as the more involved processes such as raku firing and glazing. Students can benefit from House of Clay’s facilities as well as its knowledgeable staff.

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