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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.

You Control the Robots at Seattle Mini Maker Faire

Come to the Seattle Mini Maker Faire, and you can play with and learn to build robots! The Seattle Mini Maker Faire will feature several projects with robots, each with its own unique twist!

If you want to drive a robot, come see “Logos Electromechanical,” which is “the home of the Zigduino, an Arduino variant with a built-in radio,” says Pierce Nichols of Logos Electromechanical. “We’ll have a couple of remote-controlled robots based around the Zigduino for attendees to drive!” If you love remote-control cars or like to race your friends, visit Logos Electromechanical, check out their Zigduino product, and play around with their fantastic robots!  Pierce can help you purchase components to build your own robot toy or robot servant.

Makelangelo - A robot that draws amazing pictures!

Makelangelo – A robot that draws amazing pictures!

Dan Royer of the organization Marginally Clever will showcase robots in the arenas of art, automobiles, and animals, featuring a Makelangelo mural –drawing robot, a crab robot, and a HOG line-following robot, in addition to making other designs, such as meccanum cars! If you’d like to see how a robot can make artistic masterpieces, how a robot can imitate an animal, or learn about alternative ways to make a car, this is the project for you!


Want to learn about robots from champion robot builders?  Xbot Robotics is a team of students and mentors with a history of winning robot competitions and earning awards for their teamwork and sportsmanship.

Build an Automaton at Seattle Mini Maker Faire and take it home with you.

Build an Automaton at Seattle Mini Maker Faire and take it home with you.

At Seattle Mini Maker Faire, you can build a robot at the XBOT Robotics Automaton booth.  Kate Thibodeau of XBOT Robotics says, “An automaton, once called an old fashioned robot, will introduce you to the concepts of gears, cams, levels and converting rotary motion to linear motion. We have parts created using our laser cutter.”

Robots can imitate cars, animals, artists, or anything you want to program robots to mimic.  Come to the Seattle Mini Maker Faire and see how much fun you’ll have exploring what these robots can do!  Kids 15 and younger attend for free!  Get your tickets online now for $15 adult, $8 student.

Art Workshops @MakerFaireSeattle

For all you creative and artistic people out there, check out the Seattle Mini
Maker Faire on June 8 – 9! While not just for the technologically and
scientifically inclined, projects at this year’s fair include unique and
artistic hands-on projects.

Some of the best directors started out with a good story and a small budget.  Try your hand at Tabletop Moviemaking!  The structure for this workshop is informal, where people can drop-in, make a movie and then check out more of the fair.  To speed things up, all the backgrounds, characters and props are laser perforated so you could easily pop them out and stage it in minutes.

We invite you to record your movie on your smart phone!  You can leave the workshop with your story on your phone!  “Creativity is necessarily chaotic and messy,” says workshop creator,  Brick Maier .  When he ran the workshop in LA he says, “It was kind of amazing to see just how quickly the students would stage a story, and how different each set was even though they were starting from a common set of materials.  I think this is an excellent demonstration of how we all have a unique perspective and given an opportunity will showcase it through the stories we tell.”

You can learn a new skill and practice in a supportive workshop at “Circuits from Simple Things.” Add LEDs to paper and fabric using  ordinary household items!  Tamara Clammer, Doer: Maker Advocate at Brown Paper Tickets, leads a hands-on activity  where each visitor will draw a picture and add a circuit using an LED,  aluminum tape, and a 3V battery.  Learn the basics of e-textiles from Fay Shaw of bitwise E-textiles; visitors will use jewelry tools to prepare  LEDs and sew circuits with conductive thread.  This is a perfect  workshop to try something new and practice your artisanal skills!  Come  check it out!

Another great garage project is “Scroll Wood Shop,” by Cliff Nelson. Mr. Nelson “cuts 16-24 piece jigsaw puzzles out of postage stamps glued to plywood, pentomino and hexiamond math puzzles that use 12 natural hardwoods for animal shapes of my own design, and jigsaw coasters that marry function with the beauty of natural wood grain.”

Scroll WoodshopHe plans to “demonstrate how he makes his puzzles with his scroll saw and will even provide fairgoers with a kit that provides clear instructions about how they can make their own intricate puzzles using scroll saws”.  This project is a great one for anyone  who enjoys woodworking and do-it yourself projects!

And last but not least, for all of you who love to build things out of paper, then “Artigami Flights of Fantasy” is the place for you! ArtigamiLearn how to construct wreaths, kites, crystals, aircrafts, and castles from Miss Karah Pino of the organization, “Unwind your Mind and Get Creative!” You will leave with a whole new knowledge of the mathematical, scientific, and creative aspects of crafting origami, and will get to take home several new trinkets that you can play around with and share with friends!

So, for all of you aspiring artists out there, take some time at the start of summer to participate in the workshops at Seattle Mini Maker Faire! You’ll get to learn and make some really neat art projects, and you never know what will get your creative juices flowing.