Division of Student Affairs
The Craft Shop is here to provide you with space, tools, and assistance with all your arts and crafts needs. Find us in the basement of the Pond Student Union just past the Games Center. We are here six days a week.
The Craft Shop is located on the lower level of the Pond Student Union Building. Head down the hallway past the Transition Gallery and the Games Center. It's the last door on the left.
Fall & Spring Hours:
Monday - Thursday
11:00 A.M. - 9:00 P.M.
Friday - Saturday
11:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Monday - Friday
11:00A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Whatever it is you need to do, we probably have someone on our staff who is an expert or at least claims to be one. Seriously, there isn't much our combined staff hasn't attempted and we are all willing to give every project the good old "college try." Come on in and meet Mary, Whitney, Jake, Austin, Cherese, Sharon, and Garrett! Take a class and you'll meet lots of other talented folks as well.
Who We Are
The Craft Shop is located on the lower level of Idaho State University's Pond Student Union Building. It was established for students and the community to learn the necessary skills to create their own crafts and projects. There are experienced staff and student employees available to familiarize you with the facilities in the Craft Shop, and assist you in the design and creation of your next craft project.
What We Can Offer You
You will be pleased with the wide variety of equipment that you have access to. Work centers include a wood shop and a clay studio. Other areas are set up for sewing, mat cutting for photos, dry mounting, paper cutting, working with fibers or leather and bicycle repair. We have an extensive list of available equipment for crafts, and a small sales area with tools for ceramics, fabrics, webbing, jewelry making supplies, weaving yarns, and much more that you may find helpful in completing your project.
Learn New Skills
In addition to working areas and supplies for projects,we also offer workshops for those interested in learning from local artists and craftspeople who have been teaching workshops at the Craft Shop for years. Most of the classes and workshops are available for adults, but we do offer workshops specially designed for children (8 years and up).
If you are interested in being on our mailing list and receiving a calendar of our workshops and classes for the semester, give us a call and we can mail one out to you. Our calendar provides a brief description of each class or workshop and the details of dates, times, cost, etc.
History of the Craft Shop
At a period of time when there were over two hundred student unions with craft centers around the country and with the enthusiastic backing of Earl Pond and other student union departmental directors, the Idaho State University Craft Shop was established; opening its doors to students, faculty, staff, and the community seven days a week, starting November 3, 1971, under the direction of Brian Mills.
Mills directed the Craft Shop for approximately six years, followed by Margo Proksa for six more years until 1984, when assistant director Phyllis Anderson took over as director in 1984. When she retired in 1998, her assistant director, Phil Jenkins, became the director and maintains the position to the present day.
Through the years, the Craft Shop became more recognized as a university relations and outreach program while hosting an NCCA conference on the role of craft centers, a western states conference on Art Materials and Health Hazards supported in part by several grants, including grants from the Idaho Commission of the Arts, and a regional ACUI conference. The Craft Shop also supported Vacation College during the 1980s, which was a part of the Continuing Education Outreach Program, and the Special Olympics.
The Craft Shop continues to participate in the Continuing Education Outreach program through workshops and demonstrations featuring numerous diverse artists and artisans provided upon request from ISU departments, student organizations, private and public schools, church, and social groups. We believe these contributions have helped the Craft Shop stay active. Currently, there are less than a handful of craft centers still active in the United States with the Idaho State University Craft Shop being one of the most active.
The Craft Shop has a special commitment to serve ISU students and enrich the campus community. We are willing and able to share our resources and talents. We enjoy and strive to put forth our best efforts in cooperative ventures for the good of the campus and the community in general.