Etsy Meet & Make: Craft Lab at MCD

Programs for Adults

The Museum of Craft and Design offers a variety of programming for adults, ranging from hands-on workshops to artist lectures to community events.

Through our programs you will engage with leading artists and thinkers in the field of contemporary craft and design.

Please contact us at 415.773.0303 for information about special events and programs.



Speaker Series: Author Jessica Pigza

Bibliocraft: A Modern Crafter's Guide to Using Library Resources to Jumpstart Creative Projects

Saturday, April 26, 2014
2:00 - 3:30 PM
Museum of Craft and Design
2569 Third Street @ 22nd, San Francisco

$10 for MCD Members, $20 for non-members, $15 for students
Pricing includes materials fee
Registration recommended  TICKETS >>

Join us for an artist’s talk with Jessica Pigza, author of Bibliocraft: A Modern Crafter’s Guide to Using Library Resources to Jumpstart Creative Projects.
Pigza will talk about library collections as design inspiration sources, and her
processes behind creating the book. After the talk, Pigza will guide you through
an embroidered cards craft, inspired by one of the crafts in her book. Drawing
on the design possibilities of historical watermarks used in early handmade
papers, Pigza will teach you how to stitch these designs onto cards.

About the book: There is untold wealth in library collections, and, like every good librarian, Jessica Pigzaloves to share. In BiblioCraft, Pigza hones her literary hunting-and-gathering skills to help creatives of all types, from DIY hobbyists to fine artists, develop projects based on library resources. In Part I, she explains how to take advantage of the riches libraries have to offer--both in person and online. In Part II, she presents 20+ projects inspired by library resources from a stellar designer cast, including STC Craft authors Natalie Chanin, Heather Ross, Liesl Gibson, and Gretchen Hirsch, and Design*Sponge founder Grace Bonney. Whatever the quest--historic watermarks transformed into pillows, Japanese family crests turned into coasters, or historic millinery instructions worked into floral fascinators--anyone can utilize library resources to bring their creative visions to life. The book will be available for sale in the Museum store.


Adult Sculpture Workshop with artist Ann Weber
Saturday, May 3, 2014
1:00 - 3:30 PM
Museum of Craft and Design
2569 Third Street @ 22nd, San Francisco

Spend an incredible afternoon with celebrated artist/sculptor Ann Weber whose work is featured in our Elevated Corrugated exhibition. Learn sculptural techniques and explore the creative possibilities of cardboard with staplers and hot glue. $35 members, $40 non members. TICKETS >>

About the artist: Ann Weber is a SF bay area sculptor. Weber received her BA in Art History from Purdue University and her MFA in Sculpture from CCA. Recent exhibitions include the Craft and Folk Art Museum in LA, the Center for Visual Art and William Havu Gallery, both in Denver and the Boise Art Museum. Her first solo show in June 2012 at Dolby Chadwick Gallery was reviewed by Sculpture Magazine.

Photo: Miracles and Wonder, 2011,  found cardboard, staples, polyurethane,
50 x 34 x 32 inches and 83 x 35 x 48 inches
Photo Credit: Sibila Savage


Speaker Series: Artist and Designer, Peddy Mergui
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Museum of Craft and Design
2569 Third Street @ 22nd, San Francisco
Free to Members, $10 non-members, $5 students
Registration recommended  TICKETS >>

Artist & designer Peddy Mergui speaks on the dynamic and often blurred ethical boundaries of design within consumer culture, and the challenges a designer faces when tasked with promoting economic interests while remaining true to his or her own moral compass. Peddy will reflect on how his personal experiences – from leaving Morocco as a small child and moving
to Israel, to exporing the beauty of Japanese culture as a young adult – play
an essential role in his design process desire to challenge the status quo.
Wheat is Wheat is Wheat is the creative vision of artist & designer, Peddy Mergui. 
As a leading professor of design, former Head of the Visual Communication
Department and a Senior Staff member at the Holon Institute of Technology (HIT),
as well as the owner of a branding firm, Peddy has over 20 years of practical
and academic experience.


Curator Tour of current exhibitions: Elevated Corrugated and
Wheat is Wheat is Wheat: Peddy Mergui
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
12 - 1 PM
FREE with Museum admission
Join a lunchtime walk-through with curator Marc D'Estout of the fantastically innovative
sculptures of Elevated Corrugated. You'll also explore the design and ethics of
of branding with Wheat is Wheat is Wheat: Peddy Mergui.



Etsy Night: Felting with Beach Stones
Thursday, May 15, 2014
7:00 - 9:30 PM
Museum of Craft and Design
2569 Third Street @ 22nd, San Francisco

Enjoy the fun, tactile experience of combining feather-light wool with smooth, heavy beach stones. Wrapped in wool and hand-worked with a little soap and water, you will quickly create a beautiful furry felted stone ideal as a paper weight, decoration, or altar piece. It's literally a stone in its own sweater! Stones and wool provided, or bring your own special 2-4" smooth, spherical, egg-shaped or round stone. Instructor: PJ Church. $10 or $5 for Museum members, includes materials and beer. Adults $21+

About the instructor: PJ Church loves yoga, tea, and pursuing visions in wool
inspired by mythology, pop culture, and video games. His creations have been
shown at Studio Gallery SF and Fourth Fridays Inner Sunset Art Walk. PJ's wooly
adventures are recounted on his blog, and he can be contacted for custom work
at the Wooliverse Etsy shopTICKETS >>


Adult Workshop: Wet Felting with fiber artist Sonya Philip
Saturday, June 7, 2014
2:00 - 5:00 PM
Museum of Craft and Design
2569 Third Street @ 22nd, San Francisco

Join Bay Area fiber artist Sonya Philip for an afternoon of wet felting. Craft
a beautiful felt vessel using wool roving, soap, and water. Sonya Philip has always made things. It's the way things were done in her family. Both parents encouraged her to truly look at things and instilled a love for the handmade. As a self-taught artist, she enjoys the freedom of exploring and stretching mediums. This is a beginner craft class for adults 18+. No craft experience or previous Etsy attendance required. Tickets are $50 or $45
for Members. TICKETS >>

Registration and cancellation policy: Classes fill on a first-come, first-served basis. If your class is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be notified within two days of the scheduled class and issued a full refund. If you buy tickets and need to cancel, you must cancel within 7 business days of the
class to receive a full refund. Refunds for cancellations under 7 business days
of the class will only be issued if we are able to fill your spot.


Curator Tour of current exhibitions
Joe Brubaker and The Exquisite Gardeners: A Visible Transparency Project
and Jennifer Crupi: Display of Gestures

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
12 - 1 PM
FREE with Museum admission
Join a lunchtime walk-through with curator Marc D'Estout. You'll explore Jennifer Crupi's
wearable, articulated and interactive objects, as well as Joe Brubaker's Exquisite Garden
Project, a collaborative installation described as "barn building without geometry and
art making without critiques."


Speaker Series: Amber Cowan, glass artist
Saturday, October 18, 2014
1 - 3:30 PM
Museum of Craft and Design
2569 Third Street @ 22nd, San Francisco
Free for members, $10 non-members, $5 students
Talk and tour led by artist Amber Cowan. Learn the history and stories behind her work. Cowan will reveal the hidden secrets she places in her work and finish the program with a Q&A.  TICKETS >>


Curator Tour of current exhibitions: Wendy Maruyama: Executive Order 9066
and Amber Cowan

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
12 - 1 PM
FREE with Museum admission
Join a lunchtime walk-through with curator Marc D'Estout. Learn more about Wendy Maruyama's exhibition Executive Order 9066, a compelling body of work examining Japanese-American internment during World War II. Also explore how Amber Cowan "reincarnates" discarded and upcycled glassware, transforming it into viscerally sensual work.





Etsy Night: Faux Calligraphy, a Beginner's Guide to Hand-Lettering

Thursday, April 10, 2014
7:00 - 9:30 PM
Museum of Craft and Design
2569 Third Street @ 22nd, San Francisco

Learn the basics of decorative handwriting and handwritten lettering with Katy Atchison. She'll teach you faux calligraphy, a fun way to jazz up signage or invitations with lettering done completely by hand. You'll take home a Pinterest worthy quote to hang or gift for Mother's Day. Wine donated by Francis Ford Coppola Winery. $10 or $5 for members, includes supplies and wine. For adults 21+


Speaker Series: Author Peter Korn
Why We Make Things and Why it Matters: The Education of a Craftsman

Thursday, March 20, 2014
6:30 - 8:00 PM

Join us for an author’s talk with furniture maker Peter Korn, Executive Director of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship and author of Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman.  Korn will share insights about the nature and rewards of creative work, and how
craft, design, and creativity connect to our shared search for a good life. After the talk, Korn will sign copies of the book, available for purchase at the Museum Store.


Etsy Night: Crafting with Speakeasy Bottle Caps
Thursday, March 13, 2014
7:00 - 9:30 PM
Museum of Craft and Design
2569 Third Street @ 22nd, San Francisco

Still feeling the SF Beer Week vibe? Spend the evening creating a functional craft from bottle caps (provided by Speakeasy Ales & Lagers) with local SFEtsy artist Gretchen Schwartz of CraftBrewly. Using basic jewelry tools and a little bit of elbow grease you can create a dazzling pair of earrings or
a handy keychain, displaying your love for the craft beer movement.
$10 or $5 for Museum members, includes materials and brew. For adults 21+. Sponsored by Speakeasy Ales & Lagers.

About the Artist: Gretchen Schwartz is a recent transplant to the Bay Area
from Lancaster County, PA and draws her artistic inspiration of her love for
craft beer and creating art from found objects. Aside from her three-dimensional
works, Gretch works as a graphic designer and is always looking for ways to
connect to the arts community in her new 'left coast' surroundings. TICKETS >>


Adult Craft Class sponsored by Rickshaw Bags
Zippered Box Accessory Bags
Saturday, March 15, 2014 - NEW DATE!
2:00 - 5:00 PM
Museum of Craft and Design
2569 Third Street @ 22nd, San Francisco

New! Beginner craft classes for adults 18+. No craft experience or previous Etsy attendance required. Whether you're a rookie or want to brush up on sewing skills, you'll enjoy making a fun and versatile little canvas box bag. Taught by SF Etsy co-captain, Rebecca Saylor of OodleBaDoodle. We'll review basics like terminology, bobbin winding, machine threading and
basic construction techniques. Sponsored by our Dogpatch neighbor, Rickshaw Bags. Sign up early, seating is limited. Tickets are $50 or $45 for Members. TICKETS >>

Registration and Cancellation Policy: Classes fill on a first-come, first served basis. If your class is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be notified within two days of the scheduled class and issued a full refund. If you buy tickets and need to cancel, you must cancel within 7 business days of the class to receive a full refund. Refunds for cancellations under 7 business days of the class will only be issued if we are able to fill your spot.




Etsy Night: Sewing 101, Lavender Sachets
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Take your sewing skills to the next level with pillow artist Rebecca Saylor
of OodleBaDoodle by utilizing the power of a Bernina 330 sewing machine. The second in our sewing workshop series with Etsy expert and co-captain of the SFEtsy team. We'll review basics and learn intermediate sewing techniques. We'll learn how to use the embroidery function, sewing a handle, turning and stuffing a pillow, and blind hand stitching.





Guided Gallery Tour
A Sense of Balance: The Sculpture of Stoney Lamar

Saturday, February 8, 2014
Join us for a special guided tour of current works on view in A Sense of Balance: The Sculpture of Stoney Lamar, led by Guest Curator Andrew Glasgow and artist Stoney Lamar. Glasgow and Lamar will share insights about the exhibition and how it came to be, and talk about individual pieces in the show.

A Sense of Balance: The Sculpture of Stoney Lamar presents work from 1987 to the present. Uninspired by traditional turned wood vessel forms Stoney Lamar embarked on a personal exploration of the lathe and other tools of turners and woodworkers. This spirit of experimentation has firmly placed his work in the avant-garde of the wood turning world. Not only was he one of the first to use multi-axial turning, but eventually he added steel, color and distressed surface treatments.

Stoney Lamar’s respect for wood is central to his creative vision and comes from his long association with this natural material. This exhibition is a testament to artistic endeavor, showing how beautifully the essence of wood can be honored and how masterfully technique, color and surface can blend in works that explore balance and imbalance, order and symmetry, energy, rhythm and harmony.


Etsy Nights at MCD: Super Hero Emblems
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Unleash your inner super hero powers by creating your own wearable super hero emblem! Your mission: transform discarded recycled toy and plastic parts into dynamic design that will spark conversation wherever you wear your emblem. It's easier than you think -- Accessorize with Toys founder emiko oye will introduce the use of basic jewelry tools and the simple but effective technique of monochromatic design to guarantee success.


Etsy Meet & Make: Needle Felting
Thursday, December 12
Transform tufts of warm fuzzy wool into solid sculptural forms in this introduction to needle felting.  Needle felting is a simple, easy to learn craft that requires little more than some wool and a sharp, barbed needle to create virtually anything you can imagine--no sewing, seams, or stitches involved. In this winter tutorial taught by PJ Church, we will focus on making a cute mushroom (realistic, or game-inspired is up to you) that you can use as a charm, decoration
or even an ornament for a tree. 


MakeArt at Let it SNoe, a microhood party in Noe Valley sponsored by 
The Bold Italic, presented in partnership with Google Local SF.
We'll be making felted acorns!
Friday, December 13




Etsy Meet & Make: Embossing and Packaging Design
Thursday, November 14
The holiday season is ramping up and it’s the perfect time to talk about
packaging.  In this session we will explore heat embossing as a way to
achieve a cost effective yet unique look for branding, invitations, and
holiday gift packaging.  Choose embossing powder and stamp patterns to
design cards, tags, wrapping paper, and boxes. Instructor Mashell Ewing 
is a passionate bay area artist and avid crafter.  In 2009 she started her first
etsy shop Brookie’s Bath which featured novelty vegan soaps.  Some of her 
products have been featured on Urban Outfitters and Refinery29.


Speaker Series | New West Coast Designers
Wednesday, November 13
Come hear contemporary designers and developers share insights and ideas about their design philosophy and process. Participants include Gerard Furbershaw, COO of LUNAR; Bob Wilms, development director at The NWBLK; and Francois Nguyen, principal designer at Frog Design.  Panel presentation moderated by Marc D'Estout, curator, Museum of Craft and Design. Presentation followed by a visit to the exhibition New West Coast Design 2.


Speaker Series | Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello
3D Printing for the Built Environment
Tuesday, October 29
Join us to hear Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello from Emerging Objects talk about their research into new materials for designing and 3D printing objects for the built environment.   Rael and San Fratello will share still and moving images about their process, and bring examples of the products, including a material based on salt from San Francisco Bay. Emerging Objects is an Oakland based pioneering design and research company that specializes in designing and 3D printing objects. They have developed materials using paper, salt, cement polymer, nylon, sand and wood for 3D additive manufacturing of building components and interior accessories.


Etsy Meet & Make: Herbal Infusions and Preserving
Thursday, October 10
Autum is here and it's the perfect seaon to enjoy preserving the delights of summer. Create floral and herbal enhanced honeys and liquors that make for a perfect picnic addition or gift. Choose your own herb, fruit, and flower combinations and learn about the traditions and skills of preserving methods old and new. Recipes for variations will be shared so you can continue experimenting throughout the fall.

Etsy Meet & Make Sewing 101: Make a Case for Your Sunnies
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Add sewing to your list of crafting super powers in this short drop-in workshop! Etsy expert, Rebecca Saylor of OodleBaDoodle, will teach you how to thread and use the basics of a sewing machine and the importance of ironing as you create a fun and very functional little case for your sunglasses. Choose from a variety of recycled materials such as reclaimed denim, or make yours mod in gingham! This simple pattern can be reused to create grocery bags, laundry bags, and more.

Curator Tour of Holly Lane: Carving Allegories & Good Design: Stories from Herman Miller Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Join a lunchtime walk-through with curator Marc D'Estout for insight into Holly Lane's elaborately carved sculptural works and the collaborative problem-solving design process at Herman Miller Inc. Free to the public with regular museum admission

Celebrating Charles & Ray Eames and Their Legacy of Ideas
Good Design: Stories from Herman Miller Speaker Series Program
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Join us as Llisa Demetrios talks about her grandparents Charles & Ray Eames – with an overview of the early years of Charles in St. Louis and Ray in Sacramento, followed by their later work together at the Eames Office.  Demetrios will share images about the Eames’ work in furniture, film, architecture, design, photography, exhibits and toys, along with quotes and stories of growing up with these generous, industrious grandparents.  Presentation followed by a visit to the Good Design: Stories from Herman Miller exhibition.


Etsy Meet & Make: Moss On Wood!
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Join San Francisco entrepreneur, interior designer, artist, and DIY expert Kelly Malone in creating moss-on-wood art! Use stencils or create your own designs to cut and shape moss, then mount it on reclaimed wood panels. Be one of the first 25 through the door and receive a free “Drink Beer, Make Stuff” tote bag from the Workshop!




Etsy Meet & Make: Bath Scrubs
Thursday, July 11, 2013                    
Join San Francisco artist Katy Atchison in creating a Bath Scrub Set for yourself or a gift that is beautifully wrapped & 100% handmade by you! In this class you will make sugar and salt scrubs and learn the natural benefits of each. Plus, we will have everything on hand to decorate your gift in “Pinterest-worthy” packaging. 



tsy Meet & Make: Screen printing
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Get a quick ‘n’ dirty introduction to screen printing from local artist Rick Kitagawa, by printing your very own poster! Whether you want to give it as a Father’s Day gift or keep it for yourself, you’ll leave with a sweet two-color poster. Rick is an SF-based artist and storyteller who creates creepy things and runs the screen printing ship, The Lords of Print.






Jewelry to Jellyfish: The Work of Arline Fisch  
Museum of Craft and Design Speaker Series Event
Friday, June 7, 2013
Join us to hear contemporary jeweler Arline Fisch talk about her work spanning more than fifty years, from 1960-2012.  She will share her experiences and perspectives about creating jewelry and sculpture, including her pioneering approach to using textile techniques in working with metal.

Arline Fisch, Professor of Art (Emerita) at San Diego State University, founded the SDSU program in Jewelry and Metalsmithing in 1961.  She is the recipient of numerous awards, including two Fulbright scholarships, and she is the author of Textile Techniques in Metal.  Her work has been exhibited internationally and is included in the collections of the Vatican Museum in Rome, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Museum of Arts & Design in New York.  Ms. Fisch was honored by the California State Assembly in 1985 when they declared her a “Living Treasure of California.” Presentation followed by a visit to the exhibition Creatures from the Deep. Program co-sponsored by Bauline's Craft Guild.


Workshop: Knit and Crochet with Wire 
With master jeweler Arline Fisch - SOLD OUT
Museum of Craft and Design Adult Workshop
Saturday, June 8, 2013

Contemporary jeweler Arline Fisch leads this hands-on workshop on knitting and crocheting with wire, using a spool knitter. Participants will adapt the techniques that Arline uses to create the jellyfish sculptures in Creatures from the Deep. You will knit and crochet with coated copper wire (in gorgeous colors) to create a vibrant hanging jellyfish and a slip-on bracelet to wear. Don’t miss this special opportunity to learn from a true Living Treasure of California! Thanks to the Metal Arts Guild for co-sponsoring this event. Photo: Arline Fisch, Black Sea Nettle, 2008. Photography: William Gullette.



Vehicles, Guns, Chairs, and Kinetics: Michael Cooper's 
Stories with Michael Cooper

Museum of Craft and Design Speaker Series Event
Book and poster signing!

Adult Public Program 
Thursday, May 9, 2013

Join us as artist Michael Cooper talks about his thought provoking wood and metal sculptures, covering almost 5 decades from 1966-2013. Cooper will focus on the five series of his works: Kinetic, Gun, Chair, Vehicle, and Figurative, sharing stories about what led to each series and his experiences with each piece.  Come hear about Cooper’s early interest in cars, his relationship with weapons, and his lifelong investigation of movement. His stories will illuminate the many pieces he will showcase. Program co-sponsored by Bauline's Craft Guild. Presentation followed by a visit and more detailed look at the exhibition Michael Cooper: A Sculptural Odyssey, 1968-2011. Photography: Mia Nakano.


Etsy Meet & Make: Intro to Printmaking

Make a Stamp and Print Some Cards

Thursday, May 2, 2013
Just in time for Mother's Day, join us at MCD to try your hand at an intro to printmaking! Niki Baker of foreignspell shows us how to make some beautiful hand made stationery or art. All supplies will be on hand so you can carve your own rubber stamp or, if sharp tools scare you, use some stamps pre-made by Niki to create fresh designs! Niki Baker, a SF native, works out of her tiny Glen Park, SF apartment creating hand made paper goods and art inspired primarily by song lyrics. Each stamp is hand illustrated, carved, inked and printed.


Walk-Through Tour of Creatures from the Deep
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Just added to our Opening Day Activities! Join us on a special walk-through of Creatures from the Deep with contemporary jeweler Arline Fisch, as she talks about these larger than life jellyfish woven from knitted and crocheted copper wire. 


Etsy Meet & Make: Wire-Wrapped Mini Mobiles

Thursday, April 11, 2013
7:00-9:30 PM

Make a wire-wrapped mini mobile! Jen Johnson shows us how to wrap wire into whimsical fish shapes and how to connect your wire creations to make a miniature mobile to take home. Jen owns Mama’s Magic Studio and is a leader of the SF Etsy team of Bay Area Etsy sellers. Craft wire and tools will be on hand, and you can bring beads and other items to embellish your own.

Photo: Jill Bernhardt 

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