Explore Craft in Philadelphia
Throughout American history, the Philadelphia region has been recognized as a national leader in the field of craft and the handmade. Today, Philadelphia’s talented population of craft artists and makers is complemented and fueled by a wealth of art and design schools, discipline‐specific craft centers, independent galleries, dedicated private collectors, and significant museum holdings and exhibitions. These numerous outlets provide multiple ways to experience Philadelphia’s unique community of craft, from the pioneering 50-year-old Snyderman-Works Galleries to the newly rehabilitated studios found in the Bok Building, which provides creative spaces and communities for those living and working in the city.
141 N. 3rd Street
The Center displays wood art on site and in their traveling exhibitions and publications.
137-139 N. 2nd Street
One of the world’s leading ceramic art institutions, supporting the ceramic arts through their artist residency program, gallery, in-store and online shop, school, and outreach program.
38 & 33 S. 2nd Street
A design showroom for home and person with modern, contemporary furniture and lighting.
111 N. 3rd Street
Moderne Gallery has been internationally renowned for its high quality, vintage 20th Century furniture, lighting and accessories since 1984.
321 Chestnut Street
An impressive collection of glass art is highlighted at the National Liberty Museum. Visitors are invited to interact with incredible stories of heroes and a collection of contemporary art.
201 N. 3rd Street
Showcasing contemporary glass, studio furniture, ceramics, jewelry and decorative arts.
1214 Arch Street
Devoted to artists creating new work in fabrics and other textile materials.
20th and The Parkway
Located within the only art and design college for women in the country, the Galleries at Moore host solo and group exhibitions, in a variety of media, by established and emerging national and international artists.
251 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia’s center for contemporary craft and design, presenting up to twelve new exhibitions per year and founded in 1915.
Facilitates exhibits, workshops, and book fairs, as well as collaborations with Philadelphia-area special collections libraries.
The Pennsylvania Convention Center
Held annually in November, this show and sale of contemporary craft includes the finest and most dynamic craft artists in the United States, selected from more than 1,000 applicants.
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Discover works of art at one of the largest and most renowned museums in the country. Significant historic and contemporary crafts can be found in the Museum’s holdings and permanent exhibition spaces.
1724 Sansom Street
An eclectic shop featuring the work of numerous artists and craftspeople.
320 S. Broad Street
UArts is one of the few top art schools or universities to offer all five types of craft media: ceramics, fibers/textile, glass, jewelry/metal and wood/furniture.
NORTH OF CENTER CITY
623 N. 2nd Street
Gallerylike shop selling handmade clothing, accessible fine art, jewelry & home accessories.
3510 Scotts Lane
Philadelphia’s glassblowing studio offering workshops for groups and individuals who want to experience working with glass at 2000 degrees. Small gallery with glass made by local crafters available for purchase.
8405 Germantown Avenue
Inspired by the concept of modern heirlooms, Gravers Lane Gallery strives to provide unparalleled craft and concept from some of today’s most innovative artists.
2131 N. American Street
Since its establishment in 1980, Marguerite Rodgers has been relied upon to transform ordinary spaces into compelling interiors.
2001 N. 13th Street
Offering BFA and MFA programs in Ceramics, Fibers and Material Studies, Glass, and Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM.
3237 Amber Street
Yay Clay is a studio, school and workshop that is all about having a great time learning, challenging yourself and creating beautiful lasting works of art.
1241 Carpenter Street
Over fifty artists and craftspeople work in this 19th Century factory building dedicated solely to creatives and creative businesses. Art Space 1241 features rotating exhibitions throughout the year.
1901 South 9th Street
The Bok Building is an evolving center for creatives, small-businesses, non-profits, small-batch manufacturers and beyond. The project takes stock of the existing infrastructure of a once historic vocational school to create a revived place of making, training, learning and job creation in South Philly.
2025 Washington Avenue, Philadelphia
NextFab is a network of membership-based makerspaces that provide access to tools, technology, education, events, and services for makers of any skill level. By combining digital technology with traditional tools, NextFab helps to find cutting-edge ways to make things, solve problems, and learn by doing. Be sure to also look for them in Northern Liberties and Delaware.
515 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkintown, PA
Located on a historic 27 acre campus in Jenkintown, just 10 miles from Center City Philadelphia, Abington Art Center presents exhibitions, programs and events designed to make the visual arts accessible to all.
746 Panmure Road, Haverford, PA
Main Line Art Center presents contemporary art exhibitions and a variety of courses in craft-based media including ceramics, textiles, wood and small metals.
413 Maplewood Avenue, Wayne, PA
Established in 1930 as the first art center in the Main Line suburbs of Philadelphia, Wayne Art Center offers instruction for all ages in the visual arts, crafts, music, culinary arts, and drama.
1520 Horseshoe Trail, Malvern, PA
Wharton Esherick has been called the link between the Arts and Crafts Movement and the resurgent interest in furniture making following World War II. The Studio and Museum invite visitors to explore his ongoing legacy.
Fall 2017 Exhibitions
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