Craft Your Experience

Baltimore’s maker community is thriving more than ever thanks to an inspiring arts scene and a supportive hamlet of entrepreneurs. Innovative visionaries from all around the city have brought their dreams to life and are sharing their skills with visitors and locals through classes, workshops and samples of their goods. Read on to learn more about Charm City’s creative class and how you can take part in the unique experiences they offer.

Baltimore Print Studios

Station North
The husband and wife team behind Baltimore Print Studios, Kyle Van Horn and Kim Bentley, bonded over their mutual love of printmaking. They offer monthly workshops in the art of letterpress and screenprinting and encourage students to return to the public-access studio to print works of their own.

Take a class with Baltimore Print Studios

Old Line Spirits

Highlandtown
Arch Watkins and Mark McLaughlin distribute single malt American whiskey made at their distillery right here in Baltimore. Stop by for a drink or two at The Ready Room where bartenders serve cocktails made with Old Line Spirits whiskey and aged Caribbean rum, and stay for a tour and tasting at the distillery. Book a private tour for four and get a complimentary cocktail and Old Line glass.

Go behind the scenes with Old Line Spirits

B. Willow

Remington
In an increasingly technology-dependent world, Liz Vayda, owner of B. Willow, aims to help reconnect us with nature by bringing a little bit of it indoors. Learn about plant care and create your own terrarium or plant hanger through one of the workshops offered on site.

Take a class with B. Willow

Union Craft Brewing

Woodberry
In 2018 Union Collective was launched by the founders of Union Craft Brewing, Kevin Blodger, Adam Benesch and Jon Zerivitz, as an expansion of their original brewery with an even bigger purpose. Besides having more room to brew great beer, Union Collective provides space for local entrepreneurs to grow their business. Every month, tour each with a tasting at each stop: Union Craft Brewery beer, The Charmery ice cream, Baltimore Spirits Company whiskey, brandy, mezcal, gin and amari, and Vent Coffee Roasters coffee.

Go behind the scenes at Union Collective.

Natasha's Just Brittle

Hamilton-Lauraville
Owner Natasha Wainwright, a Baltimore native, has been cooking up delicious treats since she was 12 years old. Now she offers handmade brittle, popcorn and chocolate confections at her store Natasha’s Just Brittle. On Fridays and Saturdays she holds public classes teaching children how to make brittle and decorate cakes. And for adults she offers brittle and wine tasting workshops.

Take a class with Natasha's Just Brittle

Station North Tool Library

Station North
The Station North Tool Library is a non-profit makerspace with over 3,000 tools of every kind available to borrow. As a community hub, on-site workshops teach a variety of new skills to adults and children. Class programming ranges from woodworking to knitting and soapmaking to upcycling old skateboards.

Take a class with Station North Tool Library

Drama MaMa Bookshop

Greenmount West
Alisa Brock is passionate about the written word and through her shop, Drama MaMa, she hopes to help inspire more people to take pen to paper with her laser cut journals and notebooks. Make your own through one of her “wine and bind” events and customize a wooden or flower-pressed cover.

Go behind the scenes with Drama Mama

Annie Howe Papercuts

Hamilton-Lauraville
Annie Howe is giving the ancient art of paper cutting new life through the workshops she teaches at her studio and at locations across the Mid-Atlantic. Students of all skill levels, ages 13 and up, are welcome to learn how to create and cut their own design in paper. Annie also sells her own custom designs turned into Christmas ornaments, greeting cards, home décor and book covers.

Take a class with Annie Howe Papercuts

Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House

Halethorpe
When the iconic global beer brand Guinness decided to open their only American brewery in Baltimore, the first on U.S. soil in over 60 years, they wanted to make sure it stayed connected to the community. Head brewer Hollie Stephenson is tasked with creating experimental craft brews using locally sourced ingredients. Taste them all at the taproom after experiencing a behind the scenes tour of the Open Gate facility.

Go behind the scenes with Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House

SoBotanical

Federal Hill
SoBotanical is the only custom aromatherapy bar in the tri-state area with 100% pure and genuine essential oils that are grown free of chemicals. The shop also offers hand-crafted skin, hair and pet care products. Stop in to create your own blend of essential oils personalized, with the help of an aromatherapist, to treat any ailments.

Go behind the scenes with SoBotanical

Hex Ferments

Belvedere Square
Hex Ferments uses the traditional method of fermentation to preserve and transform local, organic produce into nourishing foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha. Hex is committed to reducing waste and allows you to refill your empties for a discounted price.

Learn more about Hex Ferments

Corradetti Glassblowing Studio & Gallery

Woodberry
Anthony Corradetti, an established glass blower of more than 30 years opened his studio in Woodberry in 2005. He offers classes in the art of glassblowing, as well as mini-workshops allowing you to walk away with a blown-glass pumpkin, ornament or paperweight made in about an hour.

Take a class with Corradetti Glassblowing Studio & Gallery

 
Oyin Handmade

Barclay
Jamyla Bennu had trouble finding products for her highly textured hair that were natural and organic so she decided to make her own. That hobby grew into Oyin Handmade, which she runs with her partner Pierre. Their flagship store, located in the Barclay neighborhood just a few blocks north of Penn Station, is open on Saturdays for visitors to sample products and consult with staff on the perfect regimen for healthy, natural hair.

Go behind the scenes with Oyin Handmade

 
Mess in a Bottle

Roosevelt Park
Mess in a Bottle's concept is based on a form of communication dating as far back as 310 B.C. when messages were sealed in bottles and released into a large body of water. Owner Kalilah Wright designs t-shirts with bold messages about love, politics and social issues and packages them in reusable plastic bottles. Make an appointment to create a custom shirt with Wright.

Go behind the scenes with Mess in a Bottle

 
Zeke's Coffee

Hamilton-Lauraville
This family-owned coffee roastery does only small batches to keep the coffee fresher and give a cleaner, uniform taste. Owner Thomas Rhodes sold his first pound of coffee at the Baltimore Farmers’ Market in November 2005 and opened his first retail location shortly after. Since then the brand has expanded to Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. and often collaborates with local businesses to create unique blends like the Zeke’s Coffee Porter at The Brewer’s Art.

Go behind the scenes with Zeke’s Coffee

 
Local Color Flowers

Waverly
Local Color Flowers is committed to local and sustainable practices by only working with farmers within a 50-mile radius, composting unused scraps and never using floral foam. LoCoFlo offers floral design classes with seasonal themes and is open for self-guided designing every week.

Take a class with Local Color Flowers

 
A Workshop of Our Own

Woodberry
This woodworking workshop was started by Sarah Marriage to promote women and gender nonconforming craftspeople in an industry where those groups are highly underrepresented. Marriage shares her love of furniture making through drop-in classes and private instruction for all skill levels.

Take a class with A Workshop of Our Own

 
Open Works

Greenmount West
One of Baltimore’s many maker spaces is Open Works, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making tools, technology and the knowledge to use them accessible to all. Memberships and classes are available for adults, teens and children to learn about things like 3-D printing, drones, embroidery, woodworking, welding and Photoshop.

Take a class with Open Works

 
Baltimore Clayworks

Mount Washington
All experience levels are welcome at Baltimore Clayworks where classes on everything from wheel throwing and hand building to sculpture and glazing technique are offered. Youth classes are regularly available as well as one-time sessions for those who just want to try their hand at claymaking.

Take a class with Baltimore Clayworks

 
Crossroad Company

Mount Clare
This small, family-owned company created Winecream, the delicious combination of fruit wine and ice cream. Visit the production facility just north of Carroll Park to learn how Winecream is made and end with a tasting.

Go behind the scenes with Crossroad Company

 
 
Regal Clothes

Regal Clothes combines traditional African fashion with modern Western styles to make luxurious and vibrant accessories such as headwraps, clutches and kimonos.

Learn more about Regal Clothes

 
Mobtown Fermentation Wild Kombucha

Northwest Baltimore
Mobtown Fermentation started as three friends selling kombucha out of the side of a juice shop. Today Wild Kombucha is available in 700 stores across five states. Proceeds from every bottle of Wild Kombucha sold, help protect the Chesapeake Bay watershed and the ecosystems it supports.

Learn more about Mobtown Fermentation

 
La Loupe Design

Jorgelina Lopez, a textile designer, and Marco Duenas, a functional artist and woodworker, founded La Loupe Design in 2015. Influenced both from the Mid-Century design and traditional Japanese techniques, they specialize in functional art such as home décor and lighting.

Learn more about La Loupe

Made in Baltimore

Station North
Made in Baltimore shines a spotlight on local makers and manufacturers through online promotion and a bricks-and-mortar shop in Station North. Visit their website to discover where you can find local goods and the stories behind them.

Discover more makers with Made in Baltimore

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