ADX | Art Design PortlandADX | Art Design Portland Building a Community of Thinkers & Makers Sat, 07 Mar 2015 01:00:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 New Class: Intro to Metalsmithing Sat, 07 Mar 2015 01:00:21 +0000

We’ve all been there: standing in front of a full case of hand-crafted jewelry, hands sweating, eyes racing back and forth between turquoise laden rings and recycled copper necklaces, toe rings glaring up at us and earrings dangling lackadaisically on their holders.  Will we buy the right piece of jewelry that perfectly reflects our emotions?  Is that up-cycled, organically produced mood ring really worth $75?

Our instructor Lindsey Snell's creation. Check out more @

Our instructor Lindsey Snell’s creation. Check out more @

Let’s be honest, most of us don’t enjoy the stress of buying jewelry for our friends, families or lovers.  We do it because we love them, but what better way to show them your love than to make the jewelry yourself?!


Our instructor Lindsey putting the final touches on the new jewelry and metalsmithing station in the Cube.

We know, we know, you’ve never made a piece of jewelry before.  You have no idea how to even find tools small enough to craft such wonderful gifts.  Well, we’ve got you covered: Starting March 23rd, ADX will be launching our first Intro to Jewelry Metalsmithing class!

Whether you are a beginner or looking to freshen up old skills, Intro to Jewelry Metalsmithing will help you get to know the tools and begin to build the skills necessary to make everything from cool jewelry to a set of silverware from nonferrous metal! Learn how to lay out patterns on metal, saw, texture, form, and solder. This class will prepare you to work inside the Cube and get you ready for future ADX Jewelry Metalsmithing classes like the Soldering Intensive, Intro to Cold Connections, and Ring Fabrication.

Don’t forget that members get a discounted rate on classes.

Not a member, yet? What are you waiting for!? Sign up here and get making!



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New Class: Intro to Screen Printing Thu, 05 Mar 2015 01:00:55 +0000 We’ve got great news everybody: our first screen printing class in on the books!

We know you’ve been waiting anxiously to learn how to screen print your own hilarious shirt or to turn your favorite fan art into a poster.  Now you can learn how!  And, with an ADX membership you can have access to our 4-color Ryonet press to make your wildest screen printing dreams come true.

The beautiful thing about screen printing is that if it is flat, you can print on it!  Including wood, metal, fabric, plastic and paper.


Kat and Lindsey testing out our new tools in The Cube.


This class will walk you through the creation of a two-color print from start to finish. Learn to stretch screens, coat and process screens, and print posters. Once you have the technique down, use the equipment in ADX’s Cube to screen print all your heart’s desires.

If you’re not a member yet, what are you waiting for?!  Sign up here and receive the member discount on all of our classes.


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With Love, From PDX Tue, 03 Mar 2015 22:00:56 +0000 WLFPDX-Logo-WEB-e1424927248736


At ADX we love and value our community of makers, not just those that use our space but the entirety of the maker community here in Portland and abroad.  Our friends over at With Love, From PDX feel the same way!

Sasquatch Trading Post Mug Treehouse Drinking Chocolate Set

Campfire Set: Sasquatch Trading Post Mug
Treehouse Drinking Chocolate Set

From one of the wonderfully creative and passionate minds that brought you Tique Box, With Love, From PDX has “popped up” in the retail realm of Portland’s NE neighborhood for 10 weeks out on NE 42nd & Alberta.  Stop by the shop and browse their wares, or order some local made goods on their website and pick them up at the store!  You can even get our firestarters and carpenter books there.

Do you have an idea for a product that you could make and sell locally but need space or tools to get you started?  Sign up for a membership at ADX here and get your make on!

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Wood 102: Making a Picture Frame Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:39:51 +0000 Perhaps you draw, perhaps you have a print collection, perhaps you have a photograph that needs the perfect frame. With the skills learned in this class, you’ll be able to adorn the art on your walls with custom frames that you make! Frame making is an excellent way to learn advanced wood working skills that can be applied to many other projects.

Students will take the skills learned in Introduction to Wood to the next level to make a picture frame. In this class, students will learn about various router bits and safety procedures, as well as advanced techniques using the router table; advanced techniques on the table saw; proper glue up and clamping techniques; and basic “finishing” skills. The techniques addressed in this class are foundational skills for advanced woodworking and will teach students to be safe, competent, and confident woodworkers.


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Hot Glass / Cold Beer – Happy Hour at Bullseye Glass Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:00:44 +0000 If you know ADX, you know we love our happy hours.  Especially when they involve learning and making!

And, if you’ve kept up with our blog posts you’ll know that we recently partnered with Bullseye Glass to offer our members discounts on Bullseye’s classes.  And Bullseye, in the spirit of beer and creativity are hosting a happy hour on March 13th at their space.  Take a look below for more information, and sign up here for the event!


Sure, glass does a great job of holding your beer. But there are so many more creative things you can do with it!

Take an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of a world-class art glass manufacturer right here in Portland. You’ll see how glass is made and what you can make with glass.

  • Tour the Bullseye Factory and watch our casters turn molten glass into beautiful sheets.
  • Make your own glass art: design a decorative magnet in our studio*.
  • Enjoy organic beer from Portland’s own (and Bullseye’s neighbor) Hopworks Brewing (2 drink tickets included), and some light snacks

It’s an event you don’t want to miss!

*Available to pick up a few days later, after we’ve fired them in the kiln and attached the magn

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New Partner: Bullseye Glass Co. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:00:47 +0000 bullseye_40th_anniversary_logos_v2_sm (2)

Bullseye Glass Co. is a manufacturer of colored glass for art and architecture with a strong commitment to research, education, and promoting glass art.  Bullseye collaborates with a community of artists locally and worldwide to produce quality art glass and promote quality glass art.

If you’ve been in the front lobby of our shop recently you may have noticed the wall displaying Bo Cappelli’s beautiful glasswork.  You might have asked yourself: where does Bo do the actual glass work, since ADX doesn’t currently have a glass working studio, and where does he get his raw material?  The answer to both of those questions:  Bullseye Glass.

Artwork by Bo Cappelli (displayed in ADX’s shop gallery)

Bo uses ADX’s facilities to make his frames, hooks and other non-glass based art projects, and he uses Bullseye Glass’s material and education facilities to make his glass projects.

Artwork by Bo Cappelli (glass work done at Bullseye Glass and metal work done at ADX)


And now, thanks to a recent partnership between ADX and Bullseye Glass, you too can learn the art of glass!

ADX and Bullseye Glass have teamed up to offer ADX members 25% off Introductory classes and 10% off all other classes! Just email, call or drop in to Bullseye Glass, sign up for a class and mention that you are an ADX member to get your discount.

Bullseye Glass also has an amazing assortment of glass products available for purchase in their retail shop and online.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up for an ADX membership and go get your glass on!

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Shop Life: Feb 27 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:20:16 +0000 ADX_SLWk4-1

Shop Life is an ADX Photo Series, featuring people, projects and happenings around the shop.
This is Installment IV.

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New Addition: The Cube Craft Lab Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:00:04 +0000 CubeLogo

As you all may know, here at ADX we believe in giving individuals and companies the chance to explore their creative dreams by providing access to equipment and tooling that would otherwise be unaffordable, or too big for the average apartment and small household.  With this in mind, we will be launching “The Cube”, a new space within the shop which will provide members with access to screen printing, industrial and garment sewing, and small scale metalsmithing and jewelry making stations.

Sign up for access to The Cube for $80/month (or $770/year) starting March 1st. This membership gives full access to The Cube in addition to all the regular perks of membership which includes discounts on all classes, access to the tool library, flex space, and ability to book out the laser engraver and 3D printers.

In celebration of this new space opening, we will be hosting a Launch Party on Sunday, March 1st at ADX from 4pm to 6pm.

The event is open to members and non-members alike and will be all ages.  There will be free beer provided by Burnside Brewery for those over the age of 21.


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Makin’ It with ADX and SCRAP Wed, 25 Feb 2015 19:00:17 +0000 ADX_MakinIt_Poster-March

Attention makers, shakers and crafters: your favorite night-time making event, Makin’ It, is back!  ADX, Burnside Brewing and SCRAP have teamed up once again to curate a social making session where you can have a beer, listen to great music from a live DJ and make something amazing!

Our first event will be on March 18th from 6-9 PM here at ADX.  The event is free to ADX members and non-members alike. A suggested donation of $5-10 is appreciated and helps us pay for the DJ and materials.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own small projects to work on or to come use our scraps, materials and hand tools to make something on the fly.  Each event will be themed and SCRAP will be selling small themed kits that you can use to make something beautiful.  The first event theme will be Tiny Terrarium Spring Scenes.  We’ve got moss, jars, rocks and teeny tiny little forest creatures!  What wondrous forest scene will you create??

We will also have a mailing list that you can sign up for and enter to win a prize from one of our partners.  What is the prize, you ask?  You will just have to come and see!

The event is open to all ages. Adults over 21 will receive a free drink ticket to exchange for a delicious Burnside Brewing beer. Please RSVP here so we plan accordingly.  

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Zombie Recap Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:48:47 +0000 In case you weren’t aware, an outbreak of zombies struck the Central Eastside this weekend.



Luckily The Go Game anticipated the outbreak and had various stations set up throughout the neighborhood to train survivors in emergency preparedness techniques.



Here at ADX we trained survivors on how to make a firestarter out of sawdust and wax.  If you’re short on wax and saw dust, don’t worry! We’ve got you covered.  Come down to our shop and purchase a few of our pre-made fire starters.  You never know when another zombie outbreak might occur!

For more in-depth coverage of the Central Eastside outbreak, click here.

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