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Makerspace: Pratt Fine Arts Center

Pratt is full of fire. White-hot fire that melts metal and glass. And creative fire, passion to experiment with tools and materials, to make new things. You can learn how to use fire to make art at Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle’s Central District.
Pratt Fine Arts Center
Sherri Gamble, an artist and instructor, showed me wax casts of hands. In her mold making and casting courses, she guides students to make casts of their own hands or other objects, then proceeds through the steps to invest the waxes in plaster and set them up for glass to melt and flow into the void. In the finishing steps, you can refine the cooled glass hand to emphasize details, fine lines and tendons.

There are several openings in the July offering of Teen Casting Intensive in Bronze and Glass, taught by Sherri Gamble and Mark Walker. The first week, instructor Mark Walker teaches how to make the sculpture and mold. Then Sherri teaches how to cast glass in the second week. In the third week, your cast will be filled with molten bronze! I can see why they call this class intensive! You get to learn so much and use lots of different materials.

Pouring Bronze at Pratt Fine Arts Center“I love that feeling when you take the top off the mold and you see that smooth glow. Ah, it’s such a great feeling!” – Sherri Gamble, instructor for Teen Casting Intensive in Bronze and Glass, among other classes.

Not everything at Pratt is about fire. You can learn hot techniques like welding, metal smithing, glass blowing, metal and glass casting, and jewelry making. Or discover your temperate skills, such as drawing, painting, woodworking, letterpress, book arts, screen printing, etching and other printmaking techniques. You can find classes for youth, teens, and adults in their extensive online catalog of workshops and summer camps. Continue reading

Call for Maker Applications

Apply Now For Seattle Mini Maker Faire 2015

The application details and links are on the EMP Museum website. Click here to apply to exhibit, present, or perform at Seattle Mini Maker Faire.

The application deadline is January 10th, but don’t wait until the last minute!  The application asks for a lot of information and we’d like to talk with you about your application to help us decide which projects to accept to the Greatest Show and Tell in Washington!

Apply now to exhibit all weekend to demo your projects through booths, installations, workshops, presentations, and/or performances and includes non-commercial and commercial makers. Makers will be selected based on how unique and impressive their projects are. We are particularly looking for exhibits that are interactive and highlight the process of making things.

This is a fairly detailed application and will take between 15-20 minutes to complete. You will be asked to submit a project name, description, contact information, photos, and some additional specifics on your exhibit requirements. Please complete the application with as much information as possible and have fun with it.