Special Mother’s Day Workshops

Studio 550 Mother’s Day Workshops

 

Studio 550 will be honoring moms everywhere for the month of May. In celebration of Mother’s Day, the studio will have multiple chances all month long for you & loved ones to show your mother appreciation & love.

These special workshops include:

Stained Glass Picture Frames

Express Yourself: Poetry & Card-making (TBD)

 

We also suggest:

Date Night in the Pottery Studio 

DIY Succulent Terrariums

 

Reservations can be made:

  • over the phone at 603.232.5597
  • via email at info@550arts.com
  • online at https://www.550arts.com/.
  • in person at 550 Elm Street in Manchester, NH

We look forward to making Mother’s Day even more special & fun for all!

Special Valentine’s Day Date Night in the Pottery Studio!

Valentine’s Day Date Night At Studio 550

 

Studio 550 is excited to host a special Date Night in the Pottery Studio on Wednesday, February 14th in celebration of Valentine’s Day! Date Night workshops are normally only held on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the year.

For Valentine’s Day we will be hosting sessions at 6PM and 7:30PM. This means you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy dinner before or after the workshop.

The Date Night price of $60 per couple includes:

  • All instruction and materials to create at least one food-safe and microwave-safe piece of handmade pottery per person
  • an additional 10% off gallery purchases during the night of your workshop

 

Couples in attendance will be given a demonstration of the basics of throwing on the wheel and then given their own pottery wheels to play and create on, with the assistance of a trained instructor. No prior clay or wheel throwing experience is needed. 

*You are welcome to create more than one piece.*


To make this evening even more special, Studio 550 is partnering with Apotheca Flower Shoppe, in Goffstown, NH so couples will have the option of purchasing a beautiful and unique bouquet of flowers while they are here. A limited selection of the artistic creations will be available at Studio 550 for that evening only.

Space is limited to four couples each session, so participants are asked to reserve in advance.

 

Reservations can be made:

  • over the phone at 603.232.5597
  • via email at info@550arts.com
  • online at https://550arts.as.me/datenightpottery
  • in person at 550 Elm Street in Manchester, NH

We look forward to making Valentine’s Day even more special & fun for all couples!

Open Mic Night to benefit New Horizons & Nashua Honduras

Open Mic Night to benefit New Horizons & NHOT, January 18, 2018

Performers of all ages, backgrounds, and styles are invited

 

Perform or listen to great local talent, and do something good in your community at the same time! Studio 550 welcomes performers of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds to an Open Mic Night on Thursday, January 18th from 6:30-8:30PM. Singer-songwriters, musicians, spoken word artists, and solo/duets/trios are all welcome. There is no cost for performers or for listeners, but performances should be original material.

The hope is that this Open Mic will be a listening room and foster a community of musicians and performers to share their work, instead of a music backdrop to a bar scene.There will be a simple PA with two inputs (vocal and instrument) but the space will be small enough that acoustic would be perfectly fine. This Open Mic is also a pop-up fundraiser/awareness builder for two organizations.

Nashua Honduras Outreach Team: This is a group of leaders sharing their talents with the small community of San Francisco de la Paz, Honduras. During visits, they paint murals, teach dance, tutor and plant community gardens. At the open mic they will have a pottery & plant sale, including some lovely Honduran inspired succulent pots. Plants were donated by the NH Food Pantry Greenhouse and nurtured by St. Casimir students.

 

The open mic organizer, Jyl Dittbenner, is a member of this organization.

New Horizons for NH: In exchange for donation items from the New Horizons Shelter and Food Pantry “Wish List”, visitors can select free pottery made by past students at Studio 550.  So much more than just canned goods are needed! Guests can see “Wish List” items on the New Horizons website: newhorizonsnh.org/donate/

 

The Studio 550 Tea Room will be serving 24 different flavors of loose-leaf tea. Tea can also be purchased in tins to enjoy at home.For more information, see the Studio 550 Facebook Event page.

 

Contact us: 603.232.5597 or visit in person at 550 Elm Street in Manchester, NH

Studio 550 Customer Appreciation Week!

Studio 550 Customer Appreciation Week!

 

Daily Deals, Freebies, oh my!

Even though the year is just about over, we couldn’t go into 2018 without thanking our customers, partners, & supporters around the country. Without you, what we started in 2013, & the work we carry out everyday would not be possible. We want you to know, and hope you know, that you are what makes Studio 550 so special. You are why we fire up the kilns before dawn & why we strive to do good work throughout the greater community.

So thank you.

In honor of you we are proud to announce our upcoming Studio 550 Customer Appreciation Week, November 27 – December 2, 2017. Each day we will have a new in-store deal as well as a special week-long deal online & in-store.

Stay tuned for our big announcement November 27th!

 

In the meantime you can enjoy the following events:

 

5th Annual Cup Show & Sale

November 9, 2017 – January 6, 2018 – Exhibit

Come see and hold handmade ceramic cups made by artists from around the country!

 

Date Night

Every Friday & Saturday, 6-7:30PM or 7:30PM-9PM

Simmer down & reserve a pottery wheel for play! We’ll guide you through a basic pottery lesson and then you will be set free on the wheel to make your own creations! One piece per person is included in the workshop. RSVP here.

 

More events to be added soon!

 

We hope you’ll join us this holiday season! For questions or event ideas, please email:

info@550arts.com.

Holiday Fun At Studio 550

Holiday Fun At Studio 550

 

Calling all of Santa’s helpers, young and old!

Studio 550 is hosting a variety of neat events in the coming months, & we don’t want you to miss out! Looking for a gift for that special someone, interested in learning more about local Artisans, or do you want to get your hands dirty in a workshop? Whatever it is, we’ve got plenty of holiday fun at Studio 550 this season for everyone. Here’s what you can expect:

 

5th Annual Cup Show & Sale – Opening Party

November 9, 2017, 6-7:30PM – Opening Party

November 9, 2017 – January 6, 2018 – Exhibit

Come see and hold handmade ceramic cups made by artists from around the country! During the reception on November 9th, we will have a raffle for a coffee and tea basket with goodies from local roaster A&E Coffee Roastery & Tea and from our Studio 550 Tea Room.

 

Handmade Holiday Market

November 18, 2017, 10-2PM

Looking for a great place to find gifts for the holidays or stock up on new decor for your home or office? You’re invited to our 5th Annual Handmade Holiday Market!

Many of the Artisans will be creating their work before your eyes at the market. Come see how your favorite gifts are made & meet the maker behind them!

 

Seasonal DIY Ornament Workshop

November 18, 2017, 10-2PM

In this workshop, visitors will get to create a variety of different ornament designs. The Studio will have stations set up with materials and instructions for a variety of different ornament designs.  

Guests can make up to five different ornaments for $15. We will have some designs that are appropriate for younger makers (3-5 years) and some for older and more skilled participants.

All materials and instruction will be provided. Most designs will be make-and-take, but any clay ornaments will have to be left here to be fired. Learn more or pre-register here.

 

Date Night

Every Friday & Saturday, 6-7:30PM or 7:30PM-9PM

Simmer down & reserve a pottery wheel for play! We’ll guide you through a basic pottery lesson and then you will be set free on the wheel to make your own creations! One piece per person is included in the workshop. RSVP here.

 

More events to be added soon!

 

 

We hope you’ll join us this holiday season! For questions or event ideas, please email:

info@550arts.com.

Handmade for the Holidays is Hip

Giving handmade for the Holidays is hip these days. Nothing quite says, “I love you” than something handmade or an experience shared with a loved one.  At Studio 550, you have so many ways to do just that.

  1. Take a workshop here together or solo to make something for each other.
  2. Take a workshop together to make things with each other.
  3. Give a gift card so they can choose the workshop they would like to take with you.
  4. Take a look through our shop – we have two stellar exhibits in through the holidays. One is handmade ceramic cups from around the country. Over 30 different artists have their work on display here! To compliment that, we have the WCA-NH 6×6 mini-artworks show – an exhibit of 6 inch tiles designed by different NH woman artists in a mosaic format. It is stunning!
  5. Commission an artist here to make a custom piece of work for a special occasion or special person. It might not be as expensive as you would think.
  6. Check out our Tea Room. If you have a tea lover in your life – we carry 24 loose leaf teas that we sell by the ounce. This season, we are offering handmade tea sets – complete with a handmade ceramic cup, strainer, little dish, and any teas of your choice.  Just let us know what you’d like and we’ll put the package together.

See you in the studio!

An Action Packed Week in the Gallery

This Tuesday, September 20th, we welcome James Leonard from Brooklyn. He is on a New England tour, bringing a portable sacred space and encouraging those he encounters to think about climate change and the impact it has on their lives. He will be giving free Tarot card readings in his Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies from 12:30-7PM on Tuesday September 20th.

This Thursday, September 22nd, we are partnering with the folks at iru Magazine, a New England arts & culture magazine. This is their first printing debut release party, so come on over for raffles, great art, and a good time. The reception on Sept. 22nd will be held in conjunction with the Manchester Open Doors Trolley Tour from 5-8PM.

Both events are FREE to participate in and are open to all ages.

Shiny new things in 2016

Here is a quick look at what is new in 2016:
New classes:
– A 5 week adult art sampler, try book arts, watercolor painting, stained glass, and pottery. All materials included. $225pp running every Saturday 5-8PM
– Parent and Child Pottery Workshop, Every 1st Saturday come in for an hour to try out the pottery wheel together! Children must be 9 or older. $60 per pair
– Monthly Live Figure drawing workshops, every First Saturday from 6-8:30PM. $20pp, pre-registration required.

In the Gallery:
– January – The annual cup show and Pastel paintings by Artist-in-Residence Keith Demanche
– February – Mail Art Call for entries! Free to submit. Learn more.
– March – Art inspired by African Textiles

3rd Annual Cup Show: Reception this Friday!

Come visit the studio this Friday night and get first picks of handmade ceramic cups (for the holidays). There will be an informal reception from 6-8PM. The juror for the exhibit, Shawn O’Connor, will be there and so will the work of dozens of ceramic artists from around the country.

Take a look at the Facebook Event page.

If you want more clay, we are also hosting some members of the NH Potter’s Guild for a Potter’s Market this weekend for NH Open Doors. Visit us November 7, 10-4PM and Nov 8, 12-3PM.

Visiting Artist Workshops this Autumn

Find all the information about these workshops here.

Leather Jewelry with Claire Renaud, Sept 12: Learn the Cuir Boulii method of heating and forming leather into beautiful cuff bracelets.

“Inner Beauty” Accordion Books with Julie Puttgen, September 14: Julie is a community-minded artist who is starting a national pilgrimage to help people recognize their own inner beauty. Participants will create their own “inner beauty” books to remind themselves to be happy with themselves. Proceeds go to fund the artist’s travels.

Navajo Weaving with Cheryl Holbert, 4-weeks Oct. 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16: Learn to weave in the Navajo style with instructor Cheryl Holbert, who visits the Southwest regularly to work with Navajo weavers. Students will use yarn from a reservation in Arizona.

Earrings in a Day with Joy Raskin, Oct 24: Create your own earring designs this low-tech metal jewelry workshop. Participants will have time to make multiple earrings.

Fun with Wire/Wire Jewelry with Joy Raskin, Oct 31: Learn to mold wire to become jewelry, sculpture and more.