About

The Craft Center is located in the lower level of the EMU at the University of Oregon. The cross streets for the EMU are 13th Ave. and University St. The Craft Center offers a comprehensive arts program open to UO students, faculty and staff, as well as Eugene community members. The Center is both educational and recreational, and encourages all levels of interest, from beginning hobbyist to serious artist. With well-equipped studios and extensive workshops in most areas of the visual arts, the Center augments and compliments the educational opportunities available at the UO.

Workshops are offered each term and vary in length from one day to eight weeks. Most are offered in late afternoon or early evening in order to accommodate students’ class schedules. Accomplished artists and crafts people teach these intimate, informal classes, with an emphasis on quality individual instruction designed to encourage students to pursue their creative side.

Diane Hoffman

Program Director

Diane received her BFA from Syracuse University with a focus in expanded media. She has served the Craft Center in multiple capacities including instrucing in fibers, dyeing, printmaking, and woodworking, while also acting as the head of the Craft Center program.

Terrence Heldreth

Assitant Director of Operations

Terrence has an MFA in sculpture from Indiana University where he worked in multiple media including wood, steel, ceramic, fabric, paper, and installation and time-based media. He has worked for the Craft Center in multiple capacities as an Artist in Residence, Instructor, and his current Assistant Director role where he oversees studios and operations and manages the technical staff of the Craft Center.

David Wagner

Assistant Director of Programming

David received his BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry from the University of Oregon. He has taught classes in various aspects of jewelry and metal smithing for the Craft Center before recently joining us again in his current capacity helping to make sure that workshops, instructors, and participants have what they need, and further facilitating the smooth operation of our administrative operations.

Mariah Williams

Ceramics Studio Technician

 Mariah received a BFA in Studio Ceramics from the University of North Texas and an MA in Ceramics and Education from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, TX. She apprenticed at Whitefish Pottery in Montana, and held an internship at the Clay studio of Missoula. Mariah oversees technical aspects of the ceramic studio, including assisting studio users with project based needs, maintaining a steady flow of work through the studio, and presiding over management of studio tasks and the firing of kilns.

Alejandro Hernandez

Glass Studio Technician

Alejandro came to Oregon to pursue a career as a glassblower after earning a BFA from Southern Illinois University. He has been a professional glass artist for 15 years, and has run multiple successful glass businesses. He operates and maintains the wide range of glass studio equipment and supervises clean and safe studio use.