New Year, New Workshops! at the Craft Guild of Dallas


A New Year at the Guild – January, 2017

Key Dates – January
1/4  Class schedules begin
1/6  Free public lecture featuring guest artist Billy Ray Mangham – 7:30 pm
Spring classes now open!
Spring session classes are now open online for registration; reserve your spot now by clicking here.

Make This Your Breakthrough Year As An Artist

craftguildglassEver feel that you’re just continuing to create the same old stuff?  Try recharging your creative batteries by exploring new techniques in a workshop, or taking a class in another medium.

As our artists report, you’ll be surprised how creating art in a different medium will frequently be a break-through moment in your primary artistic pursuit.

Check out all upcoming workshops here:

1/04 Fossil Vitra – Fused Glass
1/07 Heads UP! Stretching 3D
         Canvas in Clay
1/08 Fused Glass Jewelry
1/15 Tools, tools, tools! (metals)
1/20 An Evening in the Pottery
1/22 Glass Part Sheets
1/28 Fusing Twigs, Strips, Tiles and Chips
1/29 Polishing and Finishing (Metals)
2/05 Lampwork Flowers for Fusing
2/17 An Evening in the Pottery
2/19 Intro to Stained Glass
New!  Want to introduce a friend to the fun of working with clay, or want to plan a fun date night? Try the affordable Evening in the Pottery workshop, offered monthly on a Friday evening!

New Year, New Kiln

Barrie Curtsinger, instructor, tries out the Guild’s new kiln for size
The Guild received a big boost towards its new facility with the recent donation of a very large, almost-new kiln which was custom built for a noted area potter.
Excited clay department representatives toured the kiln this week; its donation means that clay students will be able to fire to cone 10 almost as soon as the Guild opens its permanent home.
billyraymanghamThe Guild Welcomes Guest Clay Artist Billy Ray Mangham
The Guild is proud to bring Billy Ray Mangham to Dallas in a two-day workshop on creating a human head in clay as a canvas for artistic statement.
As an added bonus, the workshop will address key artistic issues:  how to overcome fear and creative blockage, the importance of being in the flow, and the difference between fine art and folk art.
You’re invited!  Free public lecture
Join the Guild for a free public lecture and reception for the artist on Friday, January 6th, at 7:30 p.m. at the Guild’s studios at Valley View Mall (the northeast corner of Preston and LBJ).
Only a handful of spots are still open for this popular workshop; click here to grab one of the last seats.

New Year, New Board

Congratulations to the new members of the Guild’s Board of Directors, elected in December: Laura Easterling, Ron Lieberman, and Patrice Miller; and to Becky Moore who was re-elected for an additional term. They join existing board members Douglas Curran, Charlotte Edwards, Cherie Fruehan, Claudette LaFerney, and Deb Note. The board meets in early January to elect officers for the year.

The Guild wishes to thank retiring board members Angela Brown and Martha Vaughan for their contributions and years of service.

What’s our mission?

Our board met earlier this year in a strategic planning session for the Guild. As part of that process, the board revisited and simplified our mission statement, and extended it into vision and values statements.

Have you seen this sign at the Guild?

It’s a direct result of the new, updated mission statement which helps keep the Guild focused on creating better artistic learning experiences for you:

Mission:  To enrich lives by providing an environment for inspiring, experiencing, and creating art.

Vision: The Craft Guild is a community in which people of all skill levels can discover their artistic spirit, ignite their creativity and expand their skills. Through diverse learning experiences, and interactions with and exposure to locally and internationally renowned artists, we build an increased appreciation of hand-crafted, original art.

If you’re interested in helping the Guild in future planning or other leadership roles, please contact us at
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13331 Preston Road,
Suite 2118,

Dallas, TX 75240

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