Arts & Crafts Center


At the Reitz Union Arts & Crafts Center, anyone can explore their artistic side in a fun and welcoming environment. Located in the heart of the University of Florida campus, our purpose is to provide you with opportunities for relaxation, creative expression, community building and personal growth.


Hours of Operation

Drop-In Hours
Monday – Friday: 1 – 10 pm
Saturday: 12 – 5 pm (closed for home football games)

Studio Usage
By Appointment Only


What We Offer

What you need to know

Use of the studio areas, including the ceramic studio and paint-a-pot area, is by appointment only. The front retail area is open for purchases of memberships, clay, take-home kits and paint-a-pot pieces during normal business hours. If you are a current studio member, instructions on how to make an appointment to use the studio areas will be emailed to you.

Membership is not required to utilize the paint-a-pot area, to make an appointment click here. Seats are limited. All paint-a-pot pieces are also available to take home. Just pick your pot, pick your glaze and you’re good to go!

Safety Measures

Your health and safety are important to us. Click here to view the Reitz Union’s Safety Measures before your visit.

Please note:

  • At this time only credit or debit cards will be accepted as a form of payment at the Arts & Crafts Center, no cash or checks. We appreciate your understanding.
  • Face coverings are mandatory in all UF facilities, which includes the Reitz Union and Arts & Crafts Center.
  • Please practice physical distancing (6 feet apart).


Memberships

For the Fall 2020 Semester, individuals with proficiency in ceramics or jewelry making may purchase a membership to the Arts & Crafts Center for a week or half semester. Half semester memberships will run from August 31 – October 11 & October 12 – November 24. New Members must complete an orientation upon purchasing a membership. Memberships can be purchased in person at the ACC or by calling (352) 392-2378.

Membership allows a customer to use the facilities (equipment, tools, pottery glazes and patinas) when the ACC is open to the public and includes all kiln firing of member work. Only member work created with clay purchased at the ACC will be fired in ACC kilns. Clay and jewelry metals must be purchased separately.

Please note that for the Fall 2020 Semester, access to the ceramic studio, glaze room, handbuilding area and jewelry area will be by appointment only in order to maintain physical distancing requirements. Instructions on how to make an appointment will be emailed to Members upon purchase of a Membership.

During their membership period, Members have access to a free workshop series led by our Arts Specialist. More information on workshops below.

The Arts & Crafts Center is primarily a teaching facility. Our primary objective is to engage and support both beginning and experienced makers as hobbyists. As such, our facility cannot accommodate production potters or Members making quantities of items to supply a personal business.

Rates: Fall

To purchase a membership, locker, or to pay for a Leisure Course facility fee, please visit the Arts & Crafts Center and speak with one of our staff members.

Allows UF students and their spouses/domestic partners to join the ACC for one half semester. The first half semester membership is for August 31 – October 10. The second half semester membership is for October 12 – November 24.

$50 per half semester

Allows the general public to join the ACC for one half semester. The first half semester membership is for August 31 – October 10. The second half semester membership is from October 12 – November 24.

$65 per half semester

Allows customers to join the ACC for one consecutive week. The weekly membership is a fixed rate for all customers, regardless of university affiliation.

$15 per week

Lockers are available inside the ceramics studio. Customers must sign a Locker Rental Agreement and are required to clean out their lockers at the end of the semester. After a specified, publicly posted period of time, ACC employees will appropriately discard items left in abandoned lockers.

$15 per academic semester

Member Workshops

Member Workshops are led by our Arts Specialist and are free to current Members and students who have paid a Facility Fee. There is no need to register in advance. At this time, Member Workshops are being conducted on Zoom. Registration links for the workshops will be emailed to members.

If you are not a member and you are interested in taking a workshop, you can purchase a Weekly Membership for the week of the workshop.

Available workshops during Session 1 of the semester include:

  • Surface Decoration: Make Your Own Stamps: Friday, September 11, 5:30 – 7:30pm
  • Handbuilding: Pinch Pot Bird Rattles: Friday, September 18, 5:30-7:30pm
  • Handbuilding: Textured Fish Mobile: Friday, September 25, 5:30 – 7:30pm
  • Surface Decoration: All About Glazing: Friday, October 9, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Available workshops during Session 2 of the semester include:

  • Handbuilding: Mini Pillow Boxes: Friday, October 23, 5:30 – 7:30pm
  • Handbuilding: Pinch Pot Jars Friday, October 30, 5:30 – 7:30pm
  • Handbuilding: Ceramic Ornaments Friday, November 6, 5:30 – 7:30pm
  • Surface Decoration: All About Glazing: Friday, November 13, 5:30 – 7:30pm


Classes

Handbuilding at Home

You don’t need a potter’s wheel to make a pot. In this four-session course you will learn how to handbuild a variety of pottery forms such as cups, saucers, and bowls using the pinching technique. Decorating techniques will also be covered, including texturing and carving clay. No previous ceramics experience is required. Please note this class will take place on Zoom. The class Zoom link will be sent to participants 2 days before the class starts.

Meeting Times: Wednesdays, 3 – 5pm
Meeting Dates: 9/16, 9/23, 9/30 and 10/7
Instructor: Mariana Baquero

Register by phone (352) 392-2378 or in-person at the Arts & Crafts Center.

  • Registration Fee: UF Student $25, Non-Students $35
  • Facility Fee: $30 includes studio access from 9/16 through 10/15, slips, underglazes, bisque and glaze firing. Clay must be purchased separately from the Arts & Crafts Center.

Socials & Events

Looking for something fun and creative to do with your group while physically distancing? We will be offering Virtual Socials with arts and crafts activities for groups in the fall. Perfect for parties, team building, or student organization events. Socials will be conducted on Zoom and instruction for the craft activity will be provided by our knowledgeable staff. Virtual Social Crafting Kits can be purchased at the Arts & Crafts Center prior to the social. Groups will have access to a variety of creative and artistic activities such as paint-a-pot, origami, and canvas painting while socializing and building community.

Socials can be scheduled Monday – Friday after 1pm.


New Offerings

Pick up your kit, and complete your project at home.


Choose from our wide selection of preformed pottery.

Please note: Glaze and brushes are sold separately. Choose your own colors to create a piece that is uniquely yours. Once you have finished painting your pot with the glazes, simply bring it back to the studio to be fired in our kilns. Purchase price includes a final clear glaze and the glaze firing.

Kiln firing times generally require 7-10 days per piece.

How to Purchase
Kits are available in person at the Arts & Crafts Center front desk. If you would like to check availability please contact us at ReitzUnionACCStudio@ufsa.ufl.edu.

Would you like to get your hands dirty? Pick up one of our Clay Take-Home kits and try out one of our pottery projects. No experience is necessary! The price of the kit includes bisque and glaze firing as well as complete step-by-step instructions.

Kit Types (subject to availability):

  • Mini folded nesting bowls
  • Ceramic Flowers—Poppy, Cala Lily and Rose
  • Pinched salt cellar and spoon
  • Marbled pinched bowls

Kit includes:

  • Clay (choose from our 3 options: buff, speckled brown or earthen red)
  • All necessary tools and templates
  • Wareboard and plastic
  • Complete step-by-step instructions
  • Bisque and glaze firing (choose glaze color from a selection of our studio glazes, your piece will be expertly glazed and fired by our Arts Specialist).

Kiln firing times generally require 7-10 days per piece.

Ready to order?
Pre-order your kits by emailing ReitzUnionACCStudio@ufsa.ufl.edu. Your kit will be available for pick up on the next business day.

Create a sophisticated piece of abstract wall art using masking tape and acrylic paint. Everything you need to make your masterpiece is included.

Kit includes:

  • Canvas
  • Brush
  • Masking tape
  • Complete step-by-step instructions for 2 types of geometric designs

Please note: Acrylic paint is sold separately.

How to Purchase
Kits are available in person at the Arts & Crafts Center front desk. If you would like to check availability please contact us at ReitzUnionACCStudio@ufsa.ufl.edu.

Choose one of our adorable party animals to paint at home.

Please note: Acrylic paint and brushes are sold separately. Choose your own colors to create a piece that is uniquely yours.

How to Purchase
Kits are available in person at the Arts & Crafts Center front desk. If you would like to check availability please contact us at ReitzUnionACCStudio@ufsa.ufl.edu.

Experience a blast from the past and make your own colorful plastic keychain! Everything you need to make a super cool keychain is included.

Keychain Types (subject to availability):

  • 2 Flipflops
  • 2 Teacups
  • 2 Flowers
  • 2 Gators
  • Footballs
  • Helmets

Kit includes:

  • 1 sheet of shrink plastic with a design ready to be colored
  • Set of colored pencils
  • Key chain
  • Complete step-by-step instructions, baking your shrink plastic designs

How to Purchase
Kits are available in person at the Arts & Crafts Center front desk. If you would like to check availability please contact us at ReitzUnionACCStudio@ufsa.ufl.edu.

Make a bouquet of colorful paper flower that will never wilt.

Kit includes:

  • 6 pre-cut paper forms of assorted colors
  • Dowels
  • Floral tape
  • Glue
  • Complete step-by-step instructions

How to Purchase
Kits are available in person at the Arts & Crafts Center front desk. If you would like to check availability please contact us at ReitzUnionACCStudio@ufsa.ufl.edu.

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Contact

352-392-2378
ReitzUnionACCStudio@ufsa.ufl.edu

686 Museum Rd, Lower Level
Gainesville, Florida 32611