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Published October 16th 2016
Exciting exhibitions, super shopping all here in the Barossa
The Jam Factory Craft and Design is a not for profit organisation with a fine reputation in Adelaide as one of Australia's premier art galleries and design centres. They started off many years ago in an old Jam Factory, so they kept the name. The two locations in Adelaide are at Morphett St in the city and this more recent one in the Barossa. With the upgrades at the Seppeltsfield Winery Jam Factory in 2013, there is now a second venue for visitors to explore. The centre is housed in a heritage barn at this heritage vineyard tourist attraction. The building appears deceptively small on the outside, yet it takes quite a while to wander and look all that is inside.
Stunning art glass for sale at the Jam Factory. Image by Out and About.
Here you will find some of the best art glass in the country. There are also some works in plastic, metal and ceramics. Art for sale in the gallery are all hand crafted and designed by local SA artists. Admire the superb wooden furniture and smaller pieces such as utilitarian pieces like salad servers, bowls and cooking oil bottles. Some are quite striking and artworks in themselves. If you are tired of Granny's old vase, there are some fine vase and decor works here to adorn your home. These would look striking in a modern new home.
The centre is made up of three main areas; the shop with a display area, the gallery space, and workshops areas which are rented out to artists. Visitors may wander around to view all of these. You may even be lucky to see some of the artists at work. Watching hand blowing of glass is really amazing. If you miss it here, you can always see this at the Jam Factory in the city on one of the tours.
The retail showroom at the Jam Factory. Image by Out and About.
The Jam Factory at Seppeltsfield is open 7 days. Park at the rear of the Seppeltsfield Winery and walk down the path. The gallery is to your left. Allow at least an hour to view the current exhibition and have a chat to the artisans and do allow some time for shopping. These high-quality pieces make great gifts. The corporate buyer for will also make some excellent selections here. There are coffee spots and a fine dining restaurant as well as the wine tasting areas at the location.
Visitor Tip- check out the huge heritage vinegar barrel in the shop and the garden areas down by the creek.
Glass artists and other craftspeople use the workshop spaces. Image by Out and About.