On Dec. 7 at 5 p.m., the Reitz Union Arts & Crafts center will begin crafting a better space for your art. Users are invited to visit the center until then for relaxing crafts, holiday art projects, and end-of-the semester socials. The ACC will be working with current users to finalize existing projects and retrieve art pieces before the closure. Please visit this page for updates on the renovation and a reopening announcement during the spring.
We are located in the Lower Level of the Reitz Union. The studio includes a clay studio, jewelry making, stained glass equipment and much more. We are ideal for all levels of artistic experience, whether you are a beginner or an art expert. Be sure to check out the craft activity each Friday night as part of GatorNights - Always, Friday, Always Free.
Paint Your Own Pottery
There are a variety of pre-made bisque pottery pieces that can be purchased and painted on a walk-in basis. The projects range from $2.00 to $20.00, prices include the glazing and firing of your pieces. Feel free to drop in between classes or during finals week to paint and relax in the Arts & Crafts Center.
Looking for something fun and creative to do with a group of friends or your student organization? You can reserve table space for up to 30 people if you'd like to add a bit of creative play to your meetings by scheduling a pottery painting social. Smaller socials for groups under 10 people can schedule a social to create mosaic coasters or make buttons for your club events. See the "Social Request Form" on the left for additional information. The last social for the Fall semester is November 30th to ensure firing of the pieces by our closing date of December 7th.
If you've taken ceramics classes before and want to continue to hone your pot throwing skills, the ceramics studio may be the place for you. There are 10 potter's wheels, 4 kilns, equipment for hand building clay including a slab roller and clay extruder. There are 20 plus choices for glazes to decorate your pottery with and we fire the kilns several times per week. We sell the clay and provide the tools; you bring your creativity and be ready to get muddy. We have weekly or semester rates for membership to use the equipment and for the firings of your pieces. There is a half time pottery instructor and many talented student staff to help you. If you're new to clay check out the non-credit classes in the Leisure Courses schedule.
In our Leisure Courses, our enthusiastic instructors will teach you how to make those very special, original items. Classes center around topics such as ceramics, drawing, jewelry making, and more. Most of the art classes that are held in the Arts & Crafts Center provide access to the studio outside of class time as well.
If you already know the basics but just need a place to work, then this is the spot for you. Here you can purchase a weekly or semester long studio membership, providing you access to the necessary equipment and a creative environment for you to work.