Annual Events

Holiday Festival of Crafts

NOVEMBER 26 - 28, 2021 - $5 Admission at door

Friday & Saturday - 10am-5pm, Sunday 11am-4pm

Once a year, the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday after Thanksgiving, the Worcester Center for Crafts is transformed into a European-style holiday marketplace complete with twinkly lights and the sweet smell of evergreens. This juried marketplace celebrates American handmade craft and is our antidote to the big-box madness of holiday shopping. By bringing together craft artists of the highest caliber all under one roof, the Holiday Festival of Crafts is a one-stop holiday shopping opportunity for unique, handmade gifts in a range of prices for men, women, and children. Craft collectors also will find that this is an opportunity to compare a wide range of work suitable for collecting.

 

Usually featuring over 50 fine craft artists and their work, the Festival is held indoors and includes free lot and street parking.

Want to participate in the festival as an artist with work for sale? Download and complete the application to have your work considered for this festival. Please contact us at ccasey4@worcester.edu for additional information.

Pasta Dinner

March 12, 2022 

 

A night filled with food, ceramic wonders and fun! Enjoy a pasta dinner catered by a local restaurant and explore a gallery of beautiful handmade ceramic plates to pick one to bring home.  Each plate is lovingly made in our very own Ceramics Studio and there will definitely be more than one calling your name, so choose your favorite wisely!  Watch ceramic demos in the studio and browse items at the silent auction all to benefit the Worcester Center for Crafts!

Ticket information: VIP admission will take place from 4-5 PM for $65 per person, and general admission will take place at 5 PM at $45 per person. Tickets will be available for purchase later this year, so please stay tuned for more details!

Pottery Invitational

April 22 - 24, 2022

 

The Worcester Center for Crafts Pottery Invitational is a nationally recognized, 2½ -day exhibit that brings pottery to the people. Juried by guest curator, Lindsay Oesterritter, who represents new and exciting ideas in wood firing, the Invitational provides an opportunity for everyone from pottery aficionados to the casually interested to meet 20+ American ceramic artists standing in the gallery next to a display of their work.

 

See a shape that you find enchanting? Ask the potter how the shape was made. Fall in love with a particular decoration on a pot? Tell the potter and learn the intricacies of their craft. At the Pottery Invitational, best of all, everything on view is for sale!

Hot Night in the City

Celebrating the “hot” processes and traditions of craft creation, the Worcester Center for Crafts’ Hot Night in the City practically combusts each summer with music, food, drinks, the opening of an exhibit, and fun around the flames. All are welcome as we explore the hot processes of craft in and outside of the Center.

 

The dusk darkness dissipates as artists demonstrate the ancient arts of glassblowing, raku firing, wheel throwing, flame working, blacksmithing, and more. There is a lot of hands-on fun for the fearless and demonstrations for the appreciator. We hold Hot Night in the City rain or shine.

If you are an organization, artist, or food purveyor and would like to be involved in Hot Night, contact ccasey4@worcester.edu.

American Craft Fair at Tower Hill Botanic Garden

OCTOBER 2022 - Free with Tower Hill admission

The Worcester Center for Crafts and Tower Hill Botanic Garden have partnered to present a juried fair of American craftwork. Hosted at Tower Hill, the show features fine artisans representing ceramics, jewelry, wood, metalworking, glass, mixed metals, painting, fiber arts, and more. The fair is held indoors, and is free with admission paid to Tower Hill Botanic Garden.

 

Want to participate in the fair as an artist with work for sale? Download and complete the application to have your work considered for next year's festival. Please contact us at ccasey4@worcester.edu for additional information.