An event filled with food, ceramics wonders and fun! The Pasta Dinner is a benefit event catered by a local Worcester restaurant served to you on a handmade plate. Each plate is made in our very own Ceramics Studio and is yours to take home. So choose it wisely! Finish your Italian dinner off with a sweet treat from the dessert table, a glass of wine or a test of luck at the not-so-silent auction.
You have a choice to purchase either a VIP or general admission ticket. VIP gets you an early entry time, first dibs on plates, festive appetizers and a libation. Paper plate tickets are available for children under 12 years. Tickets must be purchased prior to the event.
APRIL 30 - MAY 2, 2021
A nationally recognized, 2½ -day exhibit that brings pottery to the people. Curated by guest curators who represent new and exciting ideas in production pottery, 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.
During the Invitational, you can enjoy a weekend of programs that include opportunities to see the Center’s cutting edge ceramics studio, watch ceramic artists demonstrate different techniques, and see experts in a variety of fields demonstrate how easy and enriching it is to use quality, handmade pottery in everyday life.
Hot Night in the City
JULY 2021 - Free admission
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 email@example.com.
American Craft Fair at Tower Hill Botanic Garden
OCTOBER 23 - 24, 2021 - 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 this festival. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Holiday Festival of Crafts
NOVEMBER 2021 - $5 Admission at door
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 60 fine craft artists and their work, the Festival is held indoors and includes free parking and an on-site café.
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 email@example.com for additional information.