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Classes and Workshops

Schedule & Registration

The UC San Diego Craft Center offers a variety of quarterly classes and workshops as well as demonstrations, lectures, exhibits and art sales. Whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned crafter, we welcome you to join us!

PLEASE NOTE: Studio Orientations are required for individual access to ceramics, jewelry/glass art, woodworking and surfboard shaping studios. They are offered quarterly and do not replace instruction. New orientations are required if use has lapsed for a year or more. Please refer to the orientation schedule or email us at

Open Studio Access

We offer open studio passes for qualified students to use professional equipment to work independently in our ceramics and surfboard shaping studios. Prior to accessing studios independently, participants must have instructor approval either through the successful completion of a studio orientation or related course. Equipment and procedures such as fume and dust collection systems have been put in place to protect our visitor’s health and safety.

Craft Center Team Building

The Craft Center can help you create a one-of-a-kind experience for you and/or your group. Great for team building or just for fun! Led by professional artists at the Craft Center, participants are invited de-stress, immerse themselves in the process of being creative and enjoy the opportunity to make an artifact or art object by hand. Contact one of our representatives at

Please note: for scheduling purposes, workshops require 3 weeks advance notice. Minimum number of participants is 5 people, up to 25 or 30, depending on activity selected. (If your anticipated number of participants do not fall within that range, we will try to work with you to customize the experience within reason).

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Team Building Project Options:

Block Printing

Make a positive impression on your friends and colleagues! Experience the joy of transforming a simple image or pattern into a block that you can print multiple times. Using traditional printmaking tools, participants will learn to carve out their design from linoleum, ink the block and print the image on a variety of papers to create a series of prints.

This workshop takes 1.5-2 hours and costs $35/person.

Ceramics Sampler

Participants visit three clay stations to get a sampling of the Ceramics studio. Two stations are experience based (not for making complete projects) and one station is set up to create a project that will get fired in the kiln and given to the participant in about 2 weeks.

Wheel Throwing: Play with clay on a potter's wheel for a few minutes one on one with an instructor.

Glazing: Decorate a mug with cobalt glaze. Each participant receives a pre-thrown cup. Prompts and scratch paper are provided to create a design. Participants paint their cup with a cobalt wash. The cups get clear dipped and fired. They are ready for pick up within 2 weeks.

Hand-building: Experiment with forming shapes and manipulating the at a hand building table which is equipped with tools and clay to experiment with.

This workshop takes 1.5 hours and costs $65/person.

Edible Spring Rolls

Enjoy the fun of learning how to prepare a delicious appetizer or light meal together. Rice paper wrappers envelop a rainbow of ingredients from carrots, cucumbers, optional proteins and more. Participants will learn to source ingredients, prepare them properly, and put together a stunning presentation design! Making mouth-watering sauces top off this fabulous culinary experience.

This workshop takes 1-1.5 hours and costs $55/person for 5-9 and $45/person for 10+.

Friendly Cupcake Wars

Work together in teams to challenge your taste buds and creativity as you make and decorate cupcakes with unlikely ingredients. Bacon and parmesan in your buttercream? Chives in your batter? You and your teammates will have to decide what unusual- yet yummy- ingredients to add to your confectionary creations. At the end, each team will present and sample each others creations and vote for the favorites.

This workshop takes 1.5-2 hours and costs $55/person with a minimum of 8 participants or $450.

Fused Glass Tile Project

Using a colorful array of provided glass pieces and embellishments, you will create an abstract or representational design of your choice and adhere it onto a 4”x 4” glass base “canvas”. Your piece will be fired in a glass kiln and ready for you to hang or display it the following week!

This workshop takes 1.5-2 hours and costs $55/person for groups of 10 or more, $65/person for groups of 5-9.

Leather Art

Transform a plain piece of leather into a wearable bracelet decorated with natural dyes and paints. Learn about leather care and how to properly preserve quality leather goods to last a lifetime.

This workshop takes 1-1.5 hours and costs $45/person.

Natural Fabric Dyeing- Indigo + Shibori

Learn how to beautifully transform cloth using the ancient resist-dye techniques found around the world. Using simple materials, you’ll create a design using a traditional technique such as tegumo (tie-dye) or itajime (clamp-resist) and indigo dye to transform a white cotton bandana into wearable art.

This workshop takes 1-1.5 hours and costs $45/person.

Smash Your Stress Mosaics

Relieve stress, have some fun and make something beautiful and functional! Smash plates and other ceramic ware with hammers and then glue pieces to a decorative mirror frame.

This workshop takes 3 hours and costs $55/person. Please note it cannot be shortened to less than 3 hours. Smashing stress takes some quality time!