The Craftsman & Apprentice
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The C&a is a heritage inspired craft workshop & retail space in Denver's City Park West. We believe in community & craft. We've always loved making things things with our hands & spending time with good people. We also know that learning happens best when we build relationships in beautiful & functional spaces. At The C&a we offer hand made, well made & vintage goods, work space design, workshops, camps, & events for all ages.
RETAIL HOURS: 10-5pm Tuesday-Saturday beginning Sept. 1st.
Our Fall Calendar is live!
Check out all our course offerings and new workshops!
+NEW teachers + NEW special events workshops.
+Adult craft workshops every Wednesday + Friday night beginning Sept. 1st for only $27/person or $50/two.
+Preschool Play dates every Tuesday + Friday Morning 10-11am
+After school series + drop-in classes
Find your perfect event using the tabs at the top of our site.
18/09/2017 | by Delanie Holton
Hey C&a Fam!
One of my favorite things about the shop is when a group comes in and spends time with each other getting crafty. Often, I hear people say, "we should do this more often." I thought to myself, we can do that! We have space, materials, and know how to facilitate all sorts of maker experiences and you know more than anyone what works for your community.
Here's my proposal...
Get your crew together, decide what you'd like to learn and let's chat about how we can make it happen. Create your own Craft Club. Organizers will get free registration for putting in the leg work. Meet once/month or once/week. We'll work with you to tailor the shop experience to your group. Perfect for kids, teens, and grown ups.
Let me know what you think!
Read more HERE.
16/08/2017 | by Delanie Holton
Summer was AMAZING! So many kids in the shop making and doing. Our kids headed back to school today and I've had time to get the fall calendar up and running. We are so pumped to be hosting new workshops and classes. We're kicking off the season with a workshop from our favorite macrame teacher, Amie Phillips on Sunday August 20th. Beginning on Friday September 1st, we'll be hosting adult workshops every Wednesday + Friday night. These staff run workshops are an inexpensive way to get your DIY fix. We've also added school break days, after school, homeschool, and pre-school classes to the calendar. So much to make + do! Check out all of our workshops on our calendar page and we'll see you soon.
10/10/2016 | by C & a Staff
Last week I posted on our IG feed about being a jack of all craft. It was a momentary thought as I was tooling around in the shop. But the thought has stuck with me all week. I come from a long line of crafty ladies who made and make out of necessity and out of desire. My BFA thesis was about the concept of maintaining a creative identity in the midst of domesticity. I gave a talk recently about the creative self to a group of newish moms. All this thought about the creative self has got me all worked up about the maker identity.
Before I opened the shop, I was an art teacher and a painter for ten years and before that, I was making installation art, hanging out in galleries and sewing handbags. In my childhood, I was that kid that made her own clothes and gave no you-know-whats about what people thought of my creative flair. Arts programs in high school kept me sane and busy and happy.
I like making things with my hands. I like finding out how to make things with my hands maybe even more than I do the finished product. I like making things with other people. The act of making is my jam. I even wrote my master's thesis on the benefits of arts education on at-risk kids and it's implications on language development and overall intelligence. So what?
Right now, I am sitting in a climbing gym with my Birkenstocks firmly attached to my feet as I write this feeling semi sorry for myself that I didn't decide to be really into fitness and open a climbing gym (it seems like they do well and everyone is so fit!).
So here's the point. I still like climbing. I might not be very good at it. I might get better, I might not. I might only spend and hour or two every other week messing around on the wall with my kids. I fall and I probably look ridiculous. It's totally fine. It doesn't have to be your life's work to be enjoyable. You don't have to be great. You don't even have to be good. The same goes for making things with your hands.
We tell kids all the time that failure is an option. I have stacks of failed projects, paintings, knitting, who knows how many failed ceramics projects and more woodworking blunders than I'd like to admit. It's all fine. No one cares as much as you do about your terrible knot tying skills or your inability to draw a straight line.
There are two parts of making that are in large part, what makes us human. Creative expression happens in all cultures. Utilitarian objects will eventually be adorned, designed, styled. We'll make beauty for ceremony and occasion. It's just what we do. The second, is that making is a social experience. From the workshops of the age of enlightenment to women's quilting circles of the deep south down to my old, leaky art room. Making together makes us better makers. Failing in front of others is not so easy to do but that too, might just make you a better person. So let's make stuff, together.
28/09/2016 | by C & a Staff
Woah. You know when you get an idea and think it'll only take a month or so? Well, a year from this concept's conception, we are here. We've moved form our original 650 sq. ft. storefront to two light and bright adjoining spaces with 1500 + sq. ft. We completed the workshop build out last spring and since then, hundreds of kids and adults have joined us for workshops, classes, and private parties. Phase two, our retail storefront is now complete. We removed carpet, tile and created a doorway to the workshop. We are excited to have a dust free space to showcase our favorite makers including Veak Ceramics, C&a goods, and our growing collection of vintage treasures. Next up? We will now be open Thursday-Saturday 10-6pm with additional hours as we approach the holiday season. Come visit. Find something lovely, book your next workshop or even or just come hang out.
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