The gift of making

Shopping for folks young or old who have everything? Why not give them the gift of time with you and a local artist in a studio session? Make some pottery, weave or dye a scarf, weld some junk into other more interesting junk.

The short list of Waterloo Arts District spaces that offer individual or group classes includes:

• Val Grossman at Brick Ceramic + Design Studio.  Skip the Play-Doh and go right for the hard stuff. Brick holds regular classes, including couple and caregiver/child clay time.

• Music Emporium, which has opened an annex for music lessons next to the Beachland Ballroom. Call to find out the instrument offerings and schedule. But not too early, rockers sleep in. (216) 481-8648.

• Jessica Pinsky at Praxis Fiber Workshop.  Fun fact: clothes do not magically grow from hangers. The good ones grow from fibers, which people make into thread and then weave into cloth, and wrapped or draped into beautiful shapes. Explore all or part of this process, including dye techniques at a class

• Jerry Schmidt at Waterloo 7.  Admit it, your ironworking skills are a bit rusty. Schedule some workshop time and catch up with the unofficial tour guide to a street world-renowned for its grit and culture.

Also – Shore Cultural Centre in Euclid offers classes for ages 3 and up in dance, art, fitness, and music.

Maybe – Azure Stained Glass. Word is, they’re contemplating workshop offerings.