About Us

What We Do

Artisan’s Asylum, Inc. is a non-profit community craft studio located in Somerville, Massachusetts. Our mission is to support and promote the teaching, learning and practicing of craft of all varieties.

  • A fully equipped and professionally maintained manufacturing facility, which includes capabilities for precision metal machining, electrical fabrication, welding, woodworking, sewing & fiber arts, robotics, bicycle building and repair, lampworking, jewelry, computer-aided design, and screenprinting
  • A large range of affordable, publicly-accessible classes in these areas and more offered by local artisans, either focusing on creating a final product the student can take home after the class or general training for specific tools
  • Monthly and daily membership plans for the general public to access our facility on weekends and after working hours, encouraging DIY culture and community craftsmanship
  • Affordable space and equipment rental to local professional artists and businesspeople interested in having access to industrial-grade manufacturing equipment and a dedicated manufacturing environment without having to invest in capital equipment and long-term space leases
  • On-site material storage and resale and on-site project storage, allowing community members to create and store projects without the hassle of handling material and storage logistics
  • Hosting and promotion of local craft-related events

Where We Are

We occupy a 40,000 square foot warehouse in the old Ames Safety Envelope facility at 10 Tyler Street, Somerville, MA. We’d love to show you around! Check our daily tour times and directions and parking information.

What We Have

We currently host around 250 monthly members, and have 140 studios, 45 pallet storage units, and over 80 shelf storage units available for rent.

  • Dedicated 1,200 square foot classroom and computer lab
  • Kitchenette and social area
  • Geothermal air conditioning and heating
  • 15-foot and 25-foot ceilings
  • Communal pallet jacks, dollies, and overhead cranes
  • Proximity card access to for members and renters
  • On-site, off-street shared parking lot and bike racks
  • First floor location with leveled concrete flooring
  • A tractor-trailer loading dock and floor-level double doors
  • Electrical service at each renter unit, with over 300 kVA supplied to the building
  • Dumpster outside for trash pickup

If you’re interested in joining our community,
check out our membership options!

Who We Are

Artisan’s Asylum is run by staff and a large number of dedicated volunteers. Our Board of Directors is responsible for keeping Artisan’s Asylum fiscally and legally sound and true to its stated mission. The board generally addresses financial, contractual, legal, and liability issues.