For the working metal artist or experienced maker, we provide access to our metal shop beyond our classes. One of the most popular ways to get back into our studio is through Open Studios, offered each and every Sunday (check our homepage for cancellations). Open Studios
Youth Open Studios
For the younger metal enthusiasts we have Youth Open Studio sessions. During our regular course season, our studios are open and free of charge to any high school student who has completed one or more of our youth programs in metalworking. During these monitored studio sessions, students can work
Volunteer Appreciation Party!
The Steel Yard could not run as well as it does without the dedicated time and energy of our volunteers. It's people like you who have helped during events and weekend volunteer days; you've worked hard during all kinds of weather to make the Steel Yard a better place.We really couldn't have done an
Howie Sneider named as Acting Director of the Steel Yard
Howie Sneider, a longtime Steel Yard employee, has been named acting director of the Steel Yard effective November 18. After the resignation of Helen Lang, Howie will lead the Steel Yard until a permanent executive director is found. Howie first came to the Yard in 2004 as an artist renting
The Steel Yard Wins Prestigious Award for Urban Excellence
The Steel Yard, Rhode Island’s industrial arts nonprofit, has been honored with a 2013 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA), a prestigious national award honoring innovative urban placemaking. The Steel Yard is one of four Silver Medalists and has been recognized for its game c
Join our Ceramics Cooperative
Lucky you! There's still room available in our Ceramics Cooperative for you to join and make all your pottery dreams come true... The Ceramics Cooperative is designed to assist emerging to mid-level artists in growing and strengthening their creative practice in a supportive, cooperative environm
Apply to be the Ceramics Cooperative Coordinator!
Looking to be more involved in the ceramics department? Apply to be the cooperative coordinator! The Steel Yard Ceramics Tech and Coordinator position is designed to support the creative practice of an entry to mid-level ceramic artist by providing full studio access and a monthly stipend in exc
2013 Weld To Work Application
Applications for our Weld to Work program are now available. Weld to Work is a paid Steel Yard metalworking training program designed to give you skills that will make you eligible for welding jobs in local businesses. This program will introduce you to studio safety, basic metalworking tools, hand
Open Studios/Studio Access
For the working metal artist or experienced maker, we provide access to our metal shop beyond our classes. One of the most popular ways to get back into our studio is through Open Studios, offered each and every Sunday (check our homepage for cancellations). Open Studios are an affordable way to have access our tools and equipment as well as the supervision of an experienced studio monitor. It's a great way to finish what you worked on in class, or start a brand new project.
Open Studio participants have access to the same tools and equipment we use in welding, blacksmithing, and jewelry classes; including MIG welders, ARC welders, use of the forges and blacksmithing tools, oxyacetylene torches, grinders, a metal chop saw, horizontal band saw, and many small hand tools. All this for just $30.00 per 3-hour session! Check the Calendar for days and times. Cancellations wil be posted on our home page.
Open Studio sessions are available to current and past Steel Yard students.
NEW OPEN STUDIO POLICY:
Before your first Open Studio session, you must contact our office to register. Registration is a free, one-time-only process and must be completed at least three days before you plan to access Open Studios.
Day & Hourly Shop Rental
Do you need more time and space than Open Studios provides? We also have daytime studio rental rates. The daytime program is great for individuals that would like to have the shop to themselves or to work on bigger projects that are more difficult to accomplish during regular Open Studios. These rental times are available to experienced metal workers only, as there is no monitor in the shop. You'll have access to all the same tools, with more room to work! Contact Brian Dowling, , to get more information and schedule access.
Youth Open Studios
For the younger metal enthusiasts we have Youth Open Studio sessions. During our regular course season, our studios are open and free of charge to any high school student who has completed one or more of our youth programs in metalworking. During these monitored studio sessions, students can work on their own projects and spend time experimenting in our shop with the support and guidance of artists and instructors. Contact Islay, , for more information and times.