The Craft Shop is a creative art and craft space available to SIU students, faculty, staff, and the southern Illinois community. We offer workshops and private lessons along with volunteer or community service opportunities. Our art supply shop features tools and supplies for ceramics, crafts, custom framing, fibers, painting, drawing, jewelry, leather, metals, sewing, stained glass, architecture, greek items, woodworking, and much more.
Spring 2023 Semester Hours
(Please see Student Center Building Hours for changes for holiday and break schedules)
Monday - Thursday - Noon- 6:30 PM
Friday & Saturday - Noon - 5 PM
- Spring 2023 Tuesday Nights - As of 2/21, Ceramics Studio closes at 6PM for Wheel Throwing Workshops. All users must be cleaned up by 5:45PM so staff can get ready for class.
Wood Shop Hours
Tuesday - 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Thursday - Noon - 3 p.m.
Friday - 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday - Noon - 4 p.m.
The Craft Shop is also home to Saluki Spokes, a bike repair shop with basic materials and tools available for checkout.
Registration can be made by phone, email, or in person at the Student Center Craft Shop. The Craft Shop accepts major credit cards, checks, Debit Dawg, and cash. Please make checks payable to SIU, including a note with your name, address, phone number, class title, section, and the number of participants. The fee must be paid one week prior to the class to ensure a spot in the class.
Due to the expenses involved in course planning, no refunds will be granted within one week of the workshop start date. Dates and times are subject to change.
Contact the Craft Shop for more information or to register for an activity.
These activities are available without a reservation and are great for both adults and children. They are an independent activity, our staff will get you started then you are free to create!
Activities are open to ages 5 and up. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. There must be one adult per five children. Project times may vary with skill. Seven is the maximum number allowed without a reservation.
Get a private lesson and watch your skills grow. We offer private lessons in most workshop areas. Lessons are available mornings, afternoons, and evenings depending on the availability of the instructors.
Private Lesson Rates
1 person $24 per hour
2 people $15 each per hour
3 - 4 people $10 each per hour
5-7 people $8 each per hour
Materials are extra.
Ceramics - Wheel Throwing - age: 7 +
Ceramics - Handbuilding - all ages
Printmaking * - age - 7+
Drawing - all ages
Fused Glass * - age: 16+
Painting - all ages
Sewing * - age - 7+
Metalsmithing *- age: 16 +
Woodworking * - age:18 +
Woodcarving * - age: 18 +
*Liability waiver required to use equipment
If you have other private lesson requests please ask. We may have someone on staff with that skill.
Contact the Craft Shop for more information or to set up an appointment.
All the tools you will need (must have ID to check out)
All you have to do is provide inspiration and motivation. The Ceramics Studio provides a great atmosphere for all ages. The studio is set up in a “self-help” environment, however, ceramic workshops and private lessons are offered throughout the year.
Clay must be purchased in the Craft Shop. No outside clay is allowed.
2.5 lbs. - $ 5 SIU student / $6 community
5 lbs. - $8 SIU students / $9 community
10 lbs.- $14 for SIU Students / $16 community
if using the ceramics studio clay costs includes firing fee and use of supplies in the studio.
$2.50 for 2 oz for slips and glaze
We typically fire once a week but try to be green and fired when we have enough to fill the kiln.
** The Ceramic Studio closes 15 minutes before the Craft Shop's closing time.
Getting ready for an art show? Just had your family photo taken? Want to preserve that drawing you made in college? Our frame shop is here to help! Our professional framers will assist you in choosing the right custom frames, mats, glass, and mounting procedures to display your pictures exactly the way you want them.
THE FRAME SHOP FEATURES:
Four C+H Professional Mat Cutters: Three of our C+H cutters are available for customers to cut their own mats. We also teach private lessons on how to use these mat cutters
A Fletcher 3000 Multi-Material Wall-Mount Cutter
An upright frame chopper and miter saw for those perfect 45˚ corners
Four corner vices for joining frames
A 24” wide lamination press
A great variety of in-stock choppable frame lengths and stretcher bars and a full range of orderable custom frame mouldings
Archival and Acid-Free mats, backing, glass, and mounting procedures for conservation framing
A range of materials to suit any project or pocketbook
The best prices in town
Saluki Memorabilia and Adopt a Dawg
Saluki Memorabilia and Adopt a Dawg
The Craft Shop is your place for handmade Saluki Memorabilia!
Volunteering and Jobs
VOLUNTEERING AND JOBS
Volunteer opportunities are plentiful around the Craft Shop. Students and community members alike can volunteer their time to help with projects such as the Birdhouse Factory. Volunteer times are Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. unless arranged otherwise with the Craft Shop. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please send us an e-mail or contact us at 618/453-3636 for more information.
Would you be interested in sharing a skill, craft, and/or talent? The Craft Shop is always looking for optimistic and driven individuals who are excited about teaching workshops geared towards their craft or profession. Instructing at the Craft Shop gets people interested in your work, is a great way to make connections, and makes a great addition to your resume. Send us an e-mail or contact us at 618/453-3636 to schedule an interview.
Are you a creative and energetic person? Are you a student at SIU? Do you qualify for Federal Work Study? Need an awesome job on campus? Come join our family at the Student Center Craft Shop! To find out if we are hiring this semester, stop by the Craft Shop, call us at 618/453-3636, or e-mail us.
The Craft Shop employs a handful of exceptional and knowledgeable students for our wood shop staff. In addition, Ron can help you with your next project, teach you how to use tools and equipment, and guide you when selecting the right wood for the job.
Currently on hold due to Covid 19
The Birdhouse Factory is dedicated to providing volunteer opportunities to the SIU community and the environment. We make birdhouses to help species that are endangered. At present this includes bluebird houses and soon-to-be bat houses. The bluebird and the brown bat are both in danger of extinction. Bluebirds have man-induced non-native predators of the common starling and house sparrow, both of which have been known to kill young bluebirds. The brown bat is suffering from white-nose disease. While the cause and cure have not been found. It is widely believed that taking stress off of the bats will help them. We are also painting Saluki graffiti on the birdhouses to publicize our fine institution.
In the beginning, we started as the Happy Factory, making toys for children. Regulations in the toy industries forced us to look for a new cause. The birds have not as of yet created any regulating officials for housing so it seems like the place to be. We will also have our volunteers help with other projects that are good for the community as needed.
How it works: We have a couple of plans. Volunteers 18 and older with proof of insurance can come in and volunteer. SIU students are covered on the insurance through the school plan. Volunteers can make kits, assemble kits, paint and decorate birdhouses, picking up materials, putting up birdhouses, and fundraisers for supplies.
In order to make birdhouses we need materials. Material donators can help us find places to donate the birdhouses. The Southern Illinois Audubon Society will take all we can make. We can take monetary or in-kind donations. When possible we use recycled materials:
2” x 4”s, 1” x 4”s lumber
The ultimate benefactors of these birdhouses are the birds and ourselves as we enjoy these creatures and the work they do for us. Send us an e-mail or contact us at 618/453-3636 to set up an appointment.
Random Tokens of Kindness (RTK)
RTK Volunteer Program is currently on hold due to Covid-19.
The media is full of stories about bad and dangerous things that happen in this world. We want to bring attention to good things that happen, one Random Token of Kindness at a time. Volunteers will make clay coins from molds and stamps, refine them and glaze them. They will be fired in ceramic kilns. The RTKs are then distributed by volunteers as they witness individuals doing kind acts as reward and recognition of that kindness. The receiver of this gift is then invited to pass along this reward to others they witness doing kind acts, and continue this daisy chain of good will.
Groups interested in making RTKs can send us an e-mail or contact us at 618/453-3636 to schedule at least one week in advance.
The Craft Shop is located next to the Big Muddy Room at the south end of the Student Center on the Lower Level. The facilities and workshops are open to SIU students, faculty, staff, and members of the community.
The Craft Shop is handicap accessible. For elevator entry, take the passenger elevator located at the cross halls near the University Bookstore on the first floor to the basement (B) level, go through the lounge and past the International Student Council office, then through the hall past the Story of Little Egypt display. If you need help finding us, don’t hesitate to call!