Craft in Philadelphia

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.

OLD CITY

The Center for Art in Wood

141 N. 3rd Street

The Center displays wood art on site and in their traveling exhibitions and publications.

The Clay Studio

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.

Millésimé & Ligne Roset Old City

38 & 33 S. 2nd Street

A design showroom for home and person with modern, contemporary furniture and lighting.

Moderne Gallery

111 N. 3rd Street

Moderne Gallery has been internationally renowned for its high quality, vintage 20th Century furniture, lighting and accessories since 1984.

National Liberty Museum

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.

Snyderman-Works Galleries

303 Cherry Street

Founded as the Works Gallery in 1965, Snyderman-Works Galleries is one of the oldest exhibiting galleries in the field of contemporary studio crafts.

Wexler Gallery

201 N. 3rd Street

Showcasing contemporary glass, studio furniture, ceramics, jewelry and decorative arts.

CENTER CITY

The Fabric Workshop and Museum

1214 Arch Street

Devoted to artists creating new work in fabrics and other textile materials.

The Galleries at Moore

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.

The Philadelphia Art Alliance

251 S. 18th Street

Philadelphia’s center for contemporary craft and design, presenting up to twelve new exhibitions per year and founded in 1915.

Philadelphia Center for the Book

Facilitates exhibits, workshops, and book fairs, as well as collaborations with Philadelphia-area special collections libraries.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show

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.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art

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.

stadler-Kahn Gallery

1724 Sansom Street

An eclectic shop featuring the work of numerous artists and craftspeople.

The University of the Arts

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

Art Star

623 N. 2nd Street

Gallerylike shop selling handmade clothing, accessible fine art, jewelry & home accessories.

Gravers Lane Gallery

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.

Marguerite Rodgers Interior Design

2131 N. American Street

Since its establishment in 1980, Marguerite Rodgers has been relied upon to transform ordinary spaces into compelling interiors.

Tyler School of Art at Temple University

2001 N. 13th Street

Offering BFA and MFA programs in Ceramics, Fibers and Material Studies, Glass, and Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM.

Yay Clay

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.

SOUTH PHILADELPHIA

1241 Carpenter Studios + Art Space 1241

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.

Bok Building

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.

Octo Studio

2212-14 Alter Street

Sculpture and design studio specializing in one-of-a-kind, modern wood and metal furnishings for architectural interiors.

The Whole Shebang

1813 South 11th Street

Private studios for flameworking and sculpture.

REGIONAL

Abington Art Center

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.

Main Line Art Center

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.

Wayne Art Center

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.

Wharton Esherick

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.