Christmas and New Year have come and gone and school holiday boredom is starting to set in. If you're looking for something different to do which will engage the kids' brains and imaginations, a visit to JamFactory is a unique experience.
There is a growing movement which is seeing people return to using their hands to create things. This is being referred to as the "maker movement" and is made up of people who simply make things - from engineers to designers, craftspeople, electronics, artists and more. JamFactory is a place where you can see "making" in action and appreciate the creativity, innovation and skill that's involved.
The glass studio at JamFactory. The kids will be transfixed.
JamFactory was originally located in an historic old jam factory on Payneham Road in St Peters before moving to the current Morphett Street building in Adelaide's West End Arts Precinct.
JamFactory has four gallery spaces and four fully equipped studios in ceramics, glass, furniture and metal. The glass studio features a viewing platform where visitors can watch the entire process involved in making glass products. The kids will be transfixed as they watch the blowpipe being dipped into the molten glass, seeing it being rolled onto the marver, holding their breath as the craftsperson blows air into the pipe and marvelling at the end product. It is truly engaging and will make them appreciate the skill involved in traditional methods of making things.
Visitors can also wander around the building to see the other studios and artists at work before heading down to the gallery to view and be inspired by the beautiful pieces on display.
Don't leave without visiting the shop where you'll find a wide array of unique items to buy - the perfect place to find a special gift. You can also buy online.
And when the kids go back to school, you might find yourself inspired and with a bit more time to do one of the JamFactory's workshops or short courses yourself, including Introduction to Silver Jewellery Making or Glass Blowing. Information on these can be found on JamFactory's website.
More information about what's on and when at JamFactory can be found here.
So, get the kids to put down their iPods and iPads and introduce them to the iMake movement. It's Jam-packed with fun!