Hi-great thread! Thank you, Lori, for your continued support for
Metalwerx. Since our name came up, we'd like to clarify our open
studio time for everyone. I'd be happy to go over any of this in
more detail with you offline.
We're located in Waltham, Mass., about eight miles from Cambridge,
fifteen from Boston, and have plenty of free parking. When there are
no classes going on, which most often happens on Fridays between our
weekly classes and weekend workshops, we open up the studio so
students and other qualified metalsmiths can work on projects
independently. It only costs $10 per hour andhas been that rate for
years. Available times are listed on our online studio calendar:
Some upcoming days include next Friday (3/21), Thursday afternoons
for the rest of the month, and a full week between April 7 - 10.
Furthermore, to accommodate those people who want a more regular
schedule to do a significant amount of independent work, we
introduced our bench sharing program last year: People share a bench
one day a week, and work in the private Studiomate area. We
currently don't have the staffing to make this available on
weekends. As Studiomates come and go, we hope to add anotherbench so
that five more people could have time on weekdays. We keep a waiting
list for anyone interested in becoming a full or part-time
Studiomate -- Full time renters get 24-hour access and a private
bench. We have 17 full and part-time Studiomates right now.
We all remember the excitement when we first started learning
metalsmithing, and definitely understand that students always
benefit from spending moretime on it to advance their skills. We
have plans to grow in the coming years and hope to expand our
ability to offer more student work-time. In the meantime, if anyone
reading this would like to put their name on our Studiomate waiting
list, or consider volunteering as an evening open studio monitor, or
needs further info about our open studio offerings, drop us a line!
(781-891-3854 or info at metalwerx.com)
Lindsay Minihan, Director of Metalwerx