Maker Spaces/Craft facilities

Triangle ArtWorks has compiled a list of makerspaces to make it easier to find spaces to create on your own, without initial outlay of capital.  We want to keep this list as inclusive, complete and current as possible—if the information for your organization/business needs to be edited or you would like your organization/business to be added to this list, shoot us an email.

These entries are for convenience only and the information regarding each organization was provided by the organization or from their websites. Triangle ArtWorks makes NO endorsement or recommendation regarding any of the businesses or organizations listed. Be sure to review their websites and other sources independently before you patronize them.

Cary

Cary Arts Center (Cary, NC)

Open arts studio passes can be purchased at the Cary Arts Center. Metals and jewelry, glass, sewing, and clay passes can be obtained upon completion of class prerequisites. The Open Studios provide access to necessary tools, equipment, and supplies for purchased. Art studio passes are available to the public. The Art Open Studio holds both portrait and painting group opportunities. Website. For more information call (919) 469-4069.

Chapel Hill/Carrboro

Ceramics Studio at The Arts Center (Carrboro, NC)

The Ceramics Studio at the Arts Center allows members of the community to sign up for an open ceramics studio on a monthly basis upon completion of a separate ceramics class. Open studio time is also allotted to those currently enrolled in a ceramics class to practice what they are being taught. Monthly open studio access covers projects completed within the month for which access is purchased.  Email Website

Kenan Makerspace (Chapel Hill, NC)

The Kenan Makerspace is in UNC Chapel Hill’s Kenan Science Library and is available to be used by current UNC students, faculty, and staff. Equipment includes 3D printers, scanners, sewing machines, and a soldering station; usage of the sewing machines and soldering station requires training. Email Website

Durham

Claymakers (Durham, NC)

The Wheel and Hand Building Studios of Claymakers are available for the independent use of community renters during Open Studio Hours. A variety of clays, glaze materials, kilns, and tools and supplies are available to be purchased in studio. The Wheel Studio has various electric wheels and two large worktables and the Hand Building Studio has a slab roller, extruder, tile press and worktables. For more information visit claymakers.org or contact info@claymakers.org.

Carolina Stained Glass (Durham, NC)
Carolina Stained Glass provides the opportunity for individuals to customize and design the stained glass pieces they would like as well as the opportunity to take classes that teach the process of creating stained glass projects for individuals to carry out on their own. For more information, visit http://www.carolinastainedglass.com/index.html

Durham Arts Council (Durham, NC)

The Prince Graphic Studio of the Durham Arts Council has open hours on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for those enrolled in painting or drawing classes through Durham Arts Council. DAC also provides access to the photo/digital facility for anyone enrolled in a darkroom/digital lab supported class; cameras must be self provided. The clay studio is accessible for open use for students enrolled in pottery courses and clay, storage, glaze, and kiln firing are provided by the council. Durham Arts Council’s two dance studios are both available for open rental on weekdays when they are not being used. The Rollins studio is 1,464 square feet and Wachovia is 1,425 square feet. For more information, visit our website. To find out more about open hour policies or to make reservations to use the photo/digital facility or a dance studio, call (919) 560-2726.

Durham Public Library (Durham, NC)

The Durham Public Library hosts MakerDays in which access to a 3D printer is offered on a monthly basis. MakerDays include assistance in designing a file to be printed and printing users’ designed models; currently the largest dimensions possible to be accommodated by the 3D printer are 9.9 x 7.8 x 5.9 inches. For more information call (919) 560-0100 or visit our website.

The Mothership (Durham NC)

Formed in March 2017 from the former Makery and Mercury Studios, The Mothership is a space to share, make, and collaborate on good work. The facility is a laboratory for ideas, stocked with resources and support for makers of all kind. The Mothership provides workspace to sustain meaningful work; a retail shop to bring ideas out into the open; event space to celebrate, gather, teach, and learn and a collaborative community founded on radical acceptance. 401 West Geer Street, Durham, NC. Website.

The Scrap Exchange (Durham, NC)

The Scrap Exchange provides open studio opportunities in two maker spaces: one in the Make n Take Room and the other in the Design Center. The Make’n Take Room provides participants’ access to the scrap materials in the space to make whatever they choose; tools (including staplers and scissors) are also available for use. The Design Center equipment includes sewing machines, a button maker, a die cut machine, and a hot t-shirt press. A library containing books about arts and crafts in many languages is also available for users to utilize. To ensure familiarity with the sewing machine and other tools in the Design Center, orientation and trainings are available to be added to a list of drop-in users. Call (919) 688-6960 to confirm open studio availability and visit our website.

Splatspace (Durham, NC)

Equipment available at Splatspace (previously known as Durham Makerspace) include a CNC router; laser and vinyl cutters; 3D printing; wood working materials and various kinds of saws; a drill press and electric drills; and electronic materials including a soldering and rework station, an oscilloscope, power supplies and more. Full member benefits include 24/7 access to the space but members of the general public can attend weekly meetings, visit the “hackerspace” during open hours, and participate in workshops or events that are available to the public. Website.

Raleigh

NCSU Crafts Center (Raleigh, NC)

Studio passes for independent studio use when classes are not being held can be purchased from the Crafts Center. Facilities and equipment here include:

  • Art on Paper Studio—table and standing easels, drawing boards, small screenprinting press
  • Clay Studio—gas and electric kilns
  • Fiber Studio—floor and inkle looms, spinning wheels, sewing machines
  • Glass Studio—gas kilns, toolkits and materials for stained glass and lampworking projects, glass torchers for lampworking
  • Jewelry and Metal Studio—pickle pots and kilns for enameling, torching access, assorted metalwork and silversmithing equipment
  • Lapidary Studio—facetron and cabbing machines, rock saw, wax pot for dops
  • Photography Studio—black and white darkroom and photography studio facilities, storage lockers, assorted cameras to be loaned
  • Wood Studio—saws, sanders, bike repair equipment

For more information go to our website or contact us by email.

Pullen Arts Center (Raleigh, NC)

Pullen Arts Center offers classes for beginning, intermediate and advanced students in pottery, jewelry, painting, drawing, printmaking, and bookmaking in our fully equipped studios. Students can come in to use the studio outside of class time for the duration of their class. Following class completion, students aged 16 and up can access our studios and equipment through our Studio Card Program. Studio Cards can be purchased on a 6 month basis ($45 Raleigh residents/$60 non-residents) or a yearly basis ($70 Raleigh residents/$85 non-residents). Each studio has its own rules and qualifying classes; please call our front desk for more information at 919-996-6126. Website Email.

Raleigh Art Collective – (Raleigh, NC)
The Raleigh Art Collective serves individuals as well as businesses by providing them a space to create and to utilize the collective’s makerspace, tool library, workshop space, and office spaces. Classes and workshops are also held by the RAC to help people or groups develop skills of interest and to further collaborate with and learn from other members of the community. Website.

Raleigh Makerspace (Raleigh, NC)

The Raleigh Makerspace is a 1500 square foot space located in downtown Raleigh available to members by appointment and to the public during events. Equipment in this makerspace includes a laser cutter and engraver, CNC router, 3D printer, a soldering iron station, small handheld tools, scrap materials, and various design software. Website Email.

Sertoma Arts Center (Raleigh, NC)

Pottery Studio Cards can be purchased after attending qualifying class. Studio is available when classes are not in session at Sertoma Arts Center. Clay must be purchased from Sertoma and price includes glaze use and firing. Painting/Drawing studio memberships and mat cutting studio are also available for use after qualifying class. Email Website