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Craft Organizations

See also: (Visual) Art Organizations

Pittsburgh Region

  • Butler County Spinners & Weavers Guild
    Since its founding in 1982, the Butler Spinners and Weavers Guild has grown to include approximately 50 members. While emphasis is placed on spinning and weaving, members of the Guild also knit, crochet, fel, and raise their own fiber-supplying animals, including sheep, alpacas and goats.
  • Calligraphy Guild of Pittsburgh
    promotes the study and critical practice of calligraphy as a craft and as an art form fostering a deeper appreciation and understanding of calligraphy by the free exchange of ideas and techniques
  • Craftsmen's Guild of Pittsburgh
    Craftsmen's Guild of Pittsburgh, a non-profit organization with about 150 members, promotes fine crafts in the western Pennsylvania region by sponsoring exhibitions, workshops, social events and scholarships. The Guild also sponsors A Fair in the Park, held annually the weekend after Labor Day.
  • Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh
    The Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh is a nonprofit, member-supported organization that promotes the appreciation of fiber art and fosters its creative development and continuation. Every other year it sponsors the Fiberart Interational, a juried exhibition of fiber arts.
  • Handmade Arcade
    Handmade Arcade is Pittsburgh’s first and largest independent craft fair, created to give grassroots, independent crafters an opportunity to show and sell their wares and to provide an alternative to traditional craft and art fairs. It occurs in December at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
  • I Made It Market
    "I Made It!" is a regularly occurring, nomadic Market in the Pittsburgh area that provides the opportunity for entrepreneurs to establish their businesses and to enjoy low barriers for bringing their wares to market in order to create successful businesses built on arts and crafts.
  • MCG Youth and Arts
    The Manchester Craftsmen's Guild is a multi-cultural arts education and presenting organization. Programming is currently conducted in visual arts, with a focus on ceramic art and photography, and the performing arts with an emphasis on jazz.
  • North Pittsburgh Quilters Guild
    The Guild consists of about 100 members and sponsors workshops and lectures and holds a biennial quilt show.
  • Pittsburgh Area Artist-Blacksmiths Association
    Their website includes lists of blacksmithing classes, galleries, events, projects and links.
  • Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
    Located at Fifth and Shady Avenues. Presents art exhibits and offers many art and craft classes.
  • Pittsburgh Glass Center
    Pittsburgh Glass Center is an open and comprehensive studion dedicated to teaching, creating and promoting glass art. Offers classes for beginners in blowing glass.
  • Pittsburgh Polymer Clay Guild
    The Pittsburgh Polymer Clay Guild is a non-profit organization formed of polymer clay artists of various levels of expertise that meets monthly to share ideas, tips and techniques with an interest in polymer work.
  • Pittsburgh Print Group
    An artist guild affiliated with the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, whose purpose is to support artists who are printmakers through exhibits, educational projects and other promotional activities.
  • Spark: The Kids+Creativity Network
    Spark is a network of people, projects, and organizations in the greater Pittsburgh region that are empowering children and youth by creating relevant learning opportunities through the compelling use of technology, media, and the arts.
  • Society for Contemporary Craft
    The Society provides a unique opportunity to view works by nationally known artists, learn about the creative process in their gallery and resource center, attend workshops on various arts and crafts, or to purchase quality contemporary craftworks in their store.
  • Steel Town Etsy
    Steel Town Etsy comes together to support fellow indie artisans in the Burgh and surrounding PA areas who sell on Etsy, seek to promote the local craft scene, and celebrate an all-around love for handmade!
  • Three Rivers Glass Beadmakers
    3 Rivers Glass Beadmakers is an official Southwestern Pennsylvania Local Chapter of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers:Midatlantic Region
  • Three Rivers Quilters
    Dedicated to sharing information and developing skills in quilting and textile arts, and to encouraging interest in these arts throughout the community.
  • Turners Anonymous
    Turners Anonymous is the Western Pennsylvania chapter of the American Association of Woodturners with about 75 members who enjoy woodturning and the products of woodturning.
  • Ujamaa Collective
    The Ujamaa Collective is a non-profit organization of women of African descent who are entrepreneurs, artisans, artists and individuals who are committed to serving their community.
  • Western Pennsylvania Woodworkers
    The Western Pennsylvania Woodworkers club consists of about 100 amateurs and professionals from all areas of the woodworking crafts. Monthly meetings consist of a main program and then an exchange of woodworking information, techniques, tips, designs and ideas.
 

Pennsylvania

  • Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen
    The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen is an educational 501(c)-(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1944, that promotes quality contemporary and heritage crafts by providing educational opportunities, marketing assistance, cultural programs, workshops, and information services to its members. Their website includes a database of members and their websites.
 

National and International Crafts Sites

  • Aid to Artisans
    A nonprofit organization in Harford, Connecticut, that creates economic opportunities for artisan groups around the world where livelihoods, communities, and craft traditions are marginal or at risk. It gives grants and helps market these goods. You can buy online or they will help you buy wholesale or import.
  • ArtFire
    Artfire is an online marketplace for handmade products designed by artisans around the globe. This free community is designed for artisans to buy and sell their works, while celebrating unique handmade items and designs.
  • Etsy
    Etsy is the online marketplace for buying and selling all things handmade. It connects buyers with independent creators and shop owners to find the very best in handmade, vintage and supplies.