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Open Houses & Special Events

Open House & Maker Market for Somerville Open Studios

Friday May 5th 6-9PM

Saturday May 6th & Sunday May 7th 12-6PM

Join us as we open our doors for Somerville Open Studios! Meet our members, buy their wares, check out demos in our shops and the MASSDestruction Robot Competition (Saturday only) at one of our favorite events of the year.


Amy McIver
Barbara Marder
Bennett Chaney
Black Cat Labs
Bob Field / Atomic Earrings
Chris Templeman
dani keith
Dylan Muise | Dyl’s Place
Jess Muise
Emily Garfield
Emily Teich & Jimmie Rodgers | Nod’s Wand Emporium
Ilana Krepchin
CNC Furniture Factory
Karen Burke
Liz Keller
Lori Messenger
Marcia Post-Melchiskey
Margaret Demille | Kinniska Designs
Melissa Glick | Hacker Junk Creations
Michael C. Piantedosi
Michael Dewberry
Miles Donovan
Oliver Coley
Scott Janousek
seeds of joie art studio
Simon Hong
Vanessa Templeman | Winter Hill Jewelry

7PM Friday
2PM & 4PM Saturday & Sunday

Saturday only
El Taquito will be serving food as part of Nibble, the City of Somerville’s food entrepreneurship program!

Skunk – Welding
2PM & 4PM Saturday & Sunday
Welding demos (watch an Astrobot being born). Come and see the tiny beautiful plasma arc of Zeus, my mighty TIG welder. You will see a robot begin to come to life.

Barbara Marder – Enameling
3PM Sunday
Enameling in the Jewelry Studio

Ilana Krepchin – Jewelry
3PM Saturday
Jewelry in the Jewelry Studio

Black Cat Labs – Laser Cutting
A quick introduction to how laser cutters function and interpret files, and what materials can be used with CO2 laser cutters cleanly and safely in studio #65

Ben Macalister – Machining with the CNC Lathe
3:30PM Saturday & Sunday
This lathe can be used to make precision machined parts out of metals and plastics.

Dani Keith Designs – Jewelry
6-9PM Friday only
Watch Dani fuse a basic silver stacking ring in her space #24

Melissa Glick | Hacker Creations
Throughout the event
Stop by and make a pin or necklace with me at space #10, while supplies last.

Amy McIver – Crocheting
1-1:30PM & 4-4:30PM Saturday
Sneak Peek at New Fiber Arts Class Beginning Crochet: Make A Chunky Infinity Cowl. Learn about different crochet styles & projects ranging from beginner to advanced. See examples of Class Project.
Demo Location: Building 8 Conference Room

Chris Templeman – 3D Printing
Throughout the event
3D Printing Demos

CNC Furniture Factory
1:30PM Saturday & Sunday
See one of our CNC Routers in action. These computer numeric controlled machines can cut, carve, machine, and mill in wood, MDF, plastics, foam and aluminum.


Ongoing Events Open to the Public


A tour of Artisan’s Asylum showcases all of our 14 unique shop areas and the stories of our makers working in our 160 studio spaces. Our tours last about 30-45 minutes and are offered at scheduled times. We are a light industrial space and due to liability and insurance requirements we are unable to allow drop-in visitors to our facility. Tours are offered daily. For the tour schedule see Staffed Hours & Tour Times here.

Looking for a group tour for your school or organization? Contact to schedule something special for your group.


Speaker Series

Artisan’s Asylum hosts a regular Speaker Series featuring the stories of our own members and local community leaders and businesses inspiring us by making the world they want to see. Speaker Series events are free for members and Friends of Artisan’s. $10 suggested donation from the public. Check out our Spring 2017 line-up!


Free Circuit Hacking

Every Wednesday, 6:00-8:00PM

Come play with electronics at Artisan’s Asylum! Whether you’re a newbie or an experienced hacker, there will be something for you at Circuit Hacking Night. This one night the electronics & robotics lab will be open for FREE — there will be a free introductory soldering lesson, electronics kits on hand for sale for those who wish to make things, and experienced hackers and engineers around to answer all your questions. Feel free to bring your own projects to work on if you have them!

The proceeds of all sales and donations will go directly towards funding maintenance and improvements in the Electronics & Robotics lab of Artisan’s Asylum: to buying new equipment, keeping consumables in stock, and towards general upkeep. Please register to attend.

Free Cosplay Workshop

2nd and 4th Thursdays, 6:30-9:30pm

Want to wear a costume to a convention? Already have a costume that needs work? Have questions about prop building, EVA foam construction, or costuming? Come to our Free Cosplay Workshop and work on your projects with experienced prop builders and costumers as we prepare for the upcoming Anime Boston! (Preparing for convention du jour is not required, come hang out and build cosplays with us!). Please sign up so we know to expect you!


Free Fiber Arts Work Night

First Wednesday of each month, 7:00-9:00PM

Come hang out and play with fibers at Artisan’s Asylum! This one night of the month, come in and use our fiber arts equipment machines and space for FREE. Learn basic knit and crochet skills in traditional and unconventional fibers, exchange materials, get guidance from experienced quilters, costumers, and crafters, or just bring your own projects to work on in the company of like-minded makers! No registration required, just show up! Join the Fiber-Arts@ mailing list for event updates and to connect with attendees and organizers.


Maker Mondays

Co-hosted with Miranda’s Hearth

Third Monday of each month, 7:00-9:00PM

Bring your latest project, the old project you’ve been ignoring for the past several months, or a brand new idea. We’ll have a small collection of materials if you just want to come and play. Everyone is welcome! At Miranda’s Hearth, we believe that when we make things together we are creating the common shared experiences that provide the foundation for real relationships. So come and create with us! If you feel like you can’t come because you’re not an artist, remember the Hearth Motto: Don’t Make Art, Just Make Something. Registration and check-in handled at Artisan’s Front Desk.