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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

New Event Dates and Extended Application Deadline

Seattle Mini Maker Faire: September 19-20, 2015
Application Deadline: July 1, 2015

We are thrilled to announce that Seattle Mini Maker Faire is expanding its footprint to include both EMP Museum as well as surrounding Seattle Center locations to make room for more makers! Due to the expansion, we are moving the date of Seattle Mini Maker Faire to September 19-20, 2015 to allow for nicer weather to accompany the new outdoor space. Please note, with this update, the application deadline is extended to July 1, 2015.