Craft / Material Studies



Saturday, September 28th from 9am-5pm & Sunday, September 29th from 10am-4pm

Art is a powerful way for members of society to engage and understand each other’s experiences.

Craft+Works enables, inspires, and teaches veterans technical skills through craft. Our mission is to use craft as a means of communication, and to create a safe learning environment for veterans while teaching technical skills in the studio.

The Department of Craft/Material Studies at VCUarts is proud to launch our first workshops this fall. We invite veterans to join our community by registering for one of the workshops below.

To register for this event, please click here to complete an online registration form.

TOPIC: Imagery on Glass
DESCRIPTION: In this 2-day workshop, we will explore the theme of the home through the use of imagery on glass. Imagery can be permanently applied to glass surfaces through various processes. You will learn techniques such as  powder printing and fusing (the joining of glass through heat in a kiln). Utilizing imagery of your choice, you will have the option to make several panels that will be great for coasters, wall hung art, or free-standing glass objects.
BRING WITH YOU: Please email black and white digital images (graphic images work wonderfully) by September 15th to

TOPIC: Make a Ring
DESCRIPTION: In this 2-day workshop, you will make a custom sized ring! Working with silver, brass, and copper, you will learn how to fabricate a texture printed ring. You will learn to use traditional jeweler’s tools:  acetylene torch, rolling mill, hand saw, files, mandrels, and stamps. You will also learn finishing techniques such as patination and polishing. At the end of the class you will leave with a finished, wearable keepsake.
BRING WITH YOU: In order to transfer texture onto metal, we will play found materials. Excellent materials that transfer well, include: lace, textured fabric, perforated sheet metal, stencil cut outs, leaves (bone dry work best). Flat (no thicker than a piece of leather), non-precious objects are best. The roller printing process is destructive to the original object, so leave your family heirloom lace at home. We have collected many things for you to try, so don’t worry if you come empty handed!

TOPIC: Patchwork Squares
DESCRIPTION: In this 2-day workshop, you will learn how to sew quick and easy patchwork quilt squares which can be finished as trivets, potholders, coasters, and more. We will explore hand and machine-stitching, and a variety of quick-piecing techniques that can be used to make  impressive patchwork squares. These skills can easily translate into future projects you do at home.
BRING WITH YOU: We encourage you to bring any fabric that you find interesting or that is significant to you. If you have a pair of fabric scissors, bring those with you as well.

TOPIC: Clay Tiles
DESCRIPTION: In this 2-day workshop, you will work with clay to create your own personal tiles, as well as collaborating to create a tile wall piece that will be displayed in the veteran community. You will learn how to construct and decorate tiles, through the use of  textures and color. Your tiles will become coasters, trivets, and garden markers. Join us as we restyle your idea of tile!
BRING WITH YOU: We will play with texture and found materials.  Bring any objects or materials you find have an interesting texture (note that it will get covered in clay) such as: fabrics, figurines, small toys, and sewing notions. We have collected many things for you to try, so don’t worry if you come empty handed!

TOPIC: From Block to Box, Featuring the Bandsaw
DESCRIPTION: In this 2-day workshop, we will build a small to medium-sized keepsake box using the bandsaw. You will learn how to safely use woodshop machinery including  bandsaw, spindle and disc sanders. Additionally, we will work through various surface treatments, textures, painting, and finishing techniques. Bandsaw boxes are quick, fun, and simple. They give you the opportunity to experiment with various shapes and sizes.
BRING WITH YOU: We strongly encourage you to bring a small (palm-sized) object and we will build a box to contain it.


The registration fee of $25 may be mailed to:

Virginia Commonwealth University
School of the Arts
Department of Craft/Material Studies
attn: Monica Longoria
1000 W. Broad St.
Box 842522
Richmond, VA 23284-2522

Participants may also hand deliver their registration fee to:

Virginia Commonwealth University
Fine Arts Building
Department of Craft/Material Studies
1000 W. Broad Street
2nd floor, Room 239
Attn: Cindy or Monica (Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm)


Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Hospital
1201 Broad Rock Blvd
Call Freda at 804-675-5000 ext. 4161 or Natasha at 804-675-5000 ext. 2323
Please call to schedule a time

*Please make all checks payable to “Virginia Commonwealth University”


Craft/Material Studies BFA Exhibition at Studio Two Three

The senior class of the VCU Department of Craft/Material Studies is proud to present their BFA Exhibition:

Material Pursuits

Join us at the Opening Reception:
Friday, April 26th

Studio Two Three
3300 W. Clay Street
Richmond, VA 23230

Featuring: Court Berthiaume, Carter Bruffy, Haylee Childress, Carissa Coy, Katie Curtin, Emily Donahue, Sukayna El Hani, Lauren Farber, Joe Gindhart, Melitta Gitchel, Jesse Gritzinger, Hannah Grose, Kyra Heron, Sarah Hudson, Dawoon Jeong, Madelanne League, Peter Manville, Angela McLean, Madelyn Melchert, Joanna Patzig, Rachel Pike, Sadie Rapp, Ines Rosa Sang, Christina Sadovnikov, Matthew Stern, Jacqui Stewart, Kaylyn Wiggan, Qinyue Bonnie Xue, Beiya Yang, Xinyi Lindsay Zhang


MFA Candidacy Exhibition: Opening Reception, Friday, April 26th at ArtSpace

Because Of is the culmination of the first year of Graduate MFA Candidates in the Department of Craft/Material Studies at VCUarts. Because Of highlights the work of Eric Anthony Berdis, Laura Boban, Samuel Brown, Min Haeng Kang, Andy Lowrie, and Paige Lizbeth Morris.

Join us for an opening reception on Friday, April 26th from 6-9pm. The exhibition runs through May 19th.

Zero East 4th St.
Richmond, VA 23224

804.232.6464 / / open noon to 4pm
tuesday through sunday & by appointment /

Visiting Artist: Adam Manley

Join us for a Visiting Artist lecture with Adam Manley. Manley, the son of a carpenter/boat builder and weaver makes work that explores the relationship between people, places, and objects. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Hunterdon Art Museum, the Indianapolis Art Center, and The Oceanside Museum. Manley is an Assistant Professor of Furniture Design and Woodworking at San Diego State University.

Monday, March 25th at 12:30pm
Art Foundation Building/Bowe St. Parking Deck
609 Bowe St., Room 535

Tiny Shiny 2019

Join us at Quirk Gallery for this year‘s Tiny Shiny jewelry sale and exhibition! Tiny Shiny is an annual event showcasing VCUarts Craft/Material Studies students from the metals area. Everything from bracelets to brooches to rings and much, much, more will be available for purchase! The opening reception will be held on March 21st from 5-8pm. A portion of the proceeds will directly benefit students attending the Society of North American Goldsmiths Conference in Chicago. So bring your wallets to help out!

Visiting Artist: Julia Haft-Candell

Join us for a Visiting Artist lecture with Los Angeles-based artist Julia Haft-Candell. Haft-Candell’s sculptures are inspired by physical form, both functional and decorative, creating “permanent monuments for the casual and insignificant.” Her work has been included in numerous exhibition venues including the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Grand Central Art Center at California State University – Fullerton, Iko Iko in West Hollywood, Franklin Parrasch Gallery in New York, NY, and the Vincent Price Art Museum in Monterey Park, CA. She received an MFA from California State University – Long Beach, a BA in Art and International Relations from the University of California – Davis, and was a summer resident at Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture.

Wednesday, March 13th at 12:30pm
Art Foundation Building/Bowe St. Parking Deck
609 Bowe St., Room 535

VCUarts Graduate Open Studios

The Graduate students of the VCUarts Departments of Craft/Material Studies, Kinetic Imaging, Interior Design, Painting + Printmaking, Photography + Film, Sculpture + Extended Media, and Visual Communications will be opening their studios for the annual VCUarts Graduate Open Studios:
Friday, February 22  5-8pm
VCUarts Fine Arts Building
1000 W Broad St
Richmond, VA
VCUarts Pollak Building
325 N Harrison St
Richmond, VA

Visiting Artist: Diedrick Brackens

Los Angeles-based artist Diedrick Brackens explores the intersections of identities, cultural histories, and sociopolitical issues in the United States. Brackens’ weavings incorporate techniques drawn from European tapestries, West African weavings, and Southern quilts. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions including the biennial “Made in LA: 2018” at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and solo exhibitions at Ulrich Museum of Art, Steve Turner Gallery, and Johansson Projects.

Diedrick Brackens’ work is included in collections at Oakland Museum of California and Ulrich Museum of Art. He is the most recent recipient of The Studio Museum in Harlem’s Joyce Alexandar Wein Artist Prize, awarded annually to an African-American artist who “demonstrates great innovation, promise, and creativity.”

Please join us on Wednesday, February 27th at 12:30 for a Visiting Artist Lecture with Diedrick Brackens.

Community Quilting Bee

Please join us this Saturday Feb 2nd, from 10:00am – 6:00pm for a Fiber Area community event! We will be quilting and binding 5 quilts that have been pieced by and for LGBTQ+ youth and staff at Side By Side, a Richmond-area queer youth support center. Building on events from last semester, and an urging by students to do more community activities in the Fiber area, this is your chance to meet other Fiber students and give back to another community in need!
  • Any and all skill levels are welcome!
  • Pizza and drinks provided!