Houston's Craft Space Grows By One with The Tinderbox, Plus Everywhere Else You Can Get Crafty This Summer

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Craft enthusiasts in Houston, you have a new destination, and it's called The Tinderbox.

The shop joined the restaurants and bars of Mid-Main this past April, and is described as half-handcrafted emporium and half- artisan craft studio and workshop space.

For those interested in the latter, The Tinderbox is now one of several places where you can get your craft on in Houston through one-off workshops and extended classes. Here's a look at what's out there.

The Tinderbox 3622 Main Street Suite B 713-524-2858

What it is: At this part-handcrafted emporium, part-craft studio and workshop space, you'll find handmade letters and prints along with lip balms and ties for purchase made by Texas artisans in the front, and a studio space in the back.

What they do: The craft shops breaks their offerings down into Box Workshops -- hands-on DIY sessions where you might make anything from make your own wood beer carton to watercolor painting; Make It/Take It -- happy hour craft sessions featuring a craft, drinks and snacks; and Crafternoons -- Sunday afternoon craft sessions for kids. Prices for the workshops can range from $15 to $195, depending on the project.

Coming up: In the next week, there's needle felting (June 12), painting on canvas with tape (June 14), and personalized scrapbooking (June 15).

Sparrow and the Nest 1020 Studewood Street 713-869-NEST

What it is: This small Heights boutique is chock full of crafts, soaps and jewelry made by artists and craftsmen. It also regularly hosts intimate workshops so you can learn a new craft. Workshops are geared towards kids or adults and cost around $20.

What they do: Recent workshops have had people making terrariums, hand-painting glasses, and painting silk scarfs.

Coming up: This week, there's a workshop on T-shirt alterations (June 14).

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft 4848 Main Street 713-529-4848

What it is: The destination for contemporary craft in Houston, this organization regularly features craft artisans in its galleries, hosts artists in its studios and teaches the public through workshops and classes.

What they do: In Master Workshops, artists teach techniques used in craft, such as clay, metal or wood. Every first Saturday of the month, the center also hosts Hands-on Houston, a free craft activity open house geared towards families and children based on the current exhibitions.

Coming up: The next Hands-on Houston is July 6.

Art League Houston 1953 Montrose Boulevard 713-523-9530

What it is: You'll find exhibitions of contemporary art in its galleries, hallways and sculpture garden, as well as classes for both professional and novice artists at this Montrose gallery and studio space.

What they do: Workshops cover jewelry making and tableware, as well as oil painting and portraiture, and can last up to six weeks. Prices range from $155 to $195.

Coming up: This summer, workshops include narrative jewelry making (July 8-29) and hand-built tableware (July 8-29).

Hot Glass Houston 22955 Tomball Parkway 281-25701499

What it is: Since 2010, this studio has been hosting technical workshops in the art of glass making, teaching the fundamentals of kiln-formed glass in introductory and advanced classes. You can also rent their equipment if you've already mastered the techniques.

What they do: Workshops are project-based and can range from one to three days, depending on the task at hand. The cost can also range from $15 for one-off sessions to $225 or more for 3-day classes.

Coming up: This week, there are workshops in tessellated glass (June 12, 13, and 15) and a Father's Day-geared activity on tic tac toe games and coasters (June 16).

The Glassell Studio School 5101 Montrose Boulevard 713-639-7500

What it is: This Montrose studio school offers courses in studio arts, as well as art history, for adults of all skill levels.

What they do: Workshops and courses are offered in a variety of media, including ceramics, printmaking and jewelry, as well as photography, painting and watercolor. A studio course will run you $425 and will last several weeks.

Coming up: The summer session began last week, but registration for the fall begins August 13.

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