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Shopspace is expanding space, classes, community

20181206_185532If you’ve ever driven on Capital Blvd. towards downtown Raleigh, chances are you’ve see the row of warehouses stretching along south of where Wake Forest merges onto Capital Blvd. One of those buildings is the new and much expanded home of Shopspace. Shopspace is a community forging and welding shop that has been in Raleigh since 2016. Read more about the original space here.

The expanded space will allow room for more classes. Shopspace currently has two classes, Introduction to Forging and Introduction to Welding, where students get to learn making small metals before diving into the more complex tools. For those who have already taken intro classes, the shop offers Personal Project Time, using Shopspace’s equipment to make more of what they desire. Thanks, in part, to the History Channel show, “Forged in Fire”, more and more people are becoming interested in working in metal crafts.

With the new space, the folks behind Shopspace have big plans for the future to expand not only the classes, equipment and programming offered and to respond to broader community needs.  Lucas House explains that they hope to provide the equipment and space for hands-on craft that the community needs, be that increased metal work, or other craft areas. You can see their plans here. They hope to host team buildings for companies, provide meeting space and even a library. More instructors are on the way, all of whom would be local artisans who are dedicated to the craft. Check out updates on their website.

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Shopspace metalsmith classes/studio opens in Raleigh

By Thea Howell

For those working or interested in working in metal, there is a new resource in Raleigh. Shopspace, a fully equipped metalsmith studio, is forging a great place for artists in downtown Raleigh. Led by Lucas House, Shopspace is making the art of metalsmithing more accessible by providing the tools, equipment, and resources to artists in a safe studio environment. “There is a wealth of knowledge in the building, metal, and craft industry here in the Triangle, and we believe it should be shared.” says House.

Operating in a space in AntFarm studios, Shopspace is currently offering artists of all skill levels the opportunity to experience forging and welding in the well-equipped studio in small-sized classes.  As they further develop, ShopSpace will expand the current 2-person classes into more class offerings and also offer the studio for rent to ShopSpace-orientated artists who will be able to execute their metalsmith projects.  Visit ShopSpace to read their great story, what resources they offer and to contact them about classes.

Thea Fotiu Howell is an artist, arts educator, and arts director. She is a contracted Teaching Artist at the NC Museum of Art, owner and facilitator of the Triangle Artists Concierge Meetup group and Arts Director for Imurj, an artist venue which opens later this year. Thea is excited about working closely with arts entrepreneurs and is creating programs to encourage and fortify a well-connected artist community. She’s passionate about getting to know other artists in dynamic ways, so you’ll find her mixing in with artists of all disciplines at local programs and events.

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