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Apply Now: Coldhearted IV

ColdheartedIV-2Submissions are now being accepted for Coldhearted IV, an art/craft event! For more info or to apply go HERE

Coldhearted IV: Call for Vendors
Friday and Saturday, December 5 + 6, 2014
Submission Deadline: Friday, November 7, 2014
We’re looking for a wide variety of artists, collectives, craftspeople and small businesses that are creating high quality, affordable items, including (but certainly not limited to): art of all kinds, handmade goods like bags, jewelry, housewares, etc, food items (we love food), plant items such as terrariums or flower arrangements, fabulously curated vintage selections, clothes, local businesses promoting appropriate services (massages, acupuncture, tattoos, etc..) and more…  Unconventional is good. We like unconventional.
The Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, located in the heart of Fishtown, at 1834 E. Frankford Avenue. Each selected vendor will receive an approx. 8ft long space.  You must supply your own table and chair(s). (We have some tables available for $5 each. Be sure to contact us if you are interested in renting one.)
For more information about the space, contact
Selected artists will pay $50 for the 8ft space for one day, $75 for both days.  Payment will be due by November 14th.  Instructions for payment will be sent along with selection notification.
Selected artists/crafters can set up Friday, December 5th starting at 12 noon.
Submission due date: Friday, November 7, 2014
Artist/Craft Selection notification: Monday, November 10, 2014
Payment Due: Friday, November 14, 2014
Set Up: Friday, December 5, 2014, 12-6pm
Event Hours: Friday, December 5 (First Friday) 6-11pm and Saturday, December 6, 12-6pm



September…Back to Sculpture


For me, September always comes the distinct feeling of preparing for something. “Back to School” was one of my favorite times of year…I LOVED picking out school supplies and getting everything ready for what might come my way that year. As adults, typically our jobs don’t correlate with this feeling (well, some jobs…shoutout to all the teachers) and each Fall is the same as its ever been.  As an artist I’m “lucky” in that I get to create my own schedule but I still get busy and forget to allow time for learning new things. This Fall, I’ve decided to make learning new things that will supplement my studio practice a priority. Hellooo workshops…. I want to create a few things that are a bit outside of my comfort zone…I mean, we’re artists, right? Outside of most people’s comfort zones is where we thrive. Anyway, my feeling is established artist or brand new maker, we all should be continually learning and growing. With a resurgence of the “maker” and an amazing number of community based shops popping up, new classes are getting easier and easier to find. I’m really proud to be a part of that. There is nothing like seeing someone’s face after they torch cut steel for the first time and hearing the “Woah, that was AWESOME!” that follows. Forgive my being crass, but this is exciting shit we do! And we ALL still have room to learn something…be it related to what we do, or something entirely new. At PSG I’m working on making more classes available. We just rolled out a few new jewelry classes, a blanket mold class and still have some new classes coming soon, in addition to our classics, like Welding 101 and Aluminum Casting. Want to learn something here? Check out our classes and workshops. We update classes monthly so keep checking back. We do everything from Welding to Taxidermy Dreamcatchers (a special workshop with Beth Beverly…this Sunday!) and as we grow, we’ll continue to add more.  Want to teach something here? I’d love to see a proposal (feel free to submit one via Submittable HERE). Either way, here’s to September…Back to Sculpture.

xo Darla

Image from the PSG Pin Up Calendar, by J. Kyle Keener. Model: Jennifer Ferrell

FROM WITHIN… a solo exhibition by Joshua Parker Coombs

This September we are thrilled to present our current Resident Artist and longtime PSG member Joshua Parker Coomb’s solo exhibition, FROM WITHIN.FROM WITHIN Presscard


Not only is Josh presenting FROM WITHIN at PSG Gallery as his first solo exhibition, but for Philly Maker’s Week he will be having an artist talk and demo right here at PSG on September 17th at 7pm! He will be speaking about his work and also demonstrating his techniques and thought processes. We are thrilled to host this up and coming artist’s first solo show! Congrats Josh!

Mary O’Malley


I came across Mary O’Malley‘s ceramic work because she and I are both part of a group show, A Precious Few, at Parlor Gallery in Asbury Park, NJ. I love the intricate detail that Mary puts into her work. Makes me swoon…   Also included in the show are Shawn Huckins, Kris LewisMelodie Provenzano, Adam Wallacavage and Kate Zambrano. Also in the gallery is  Victor Grasso’s solo exhibition fable, which is amazing. I highly recommend taking the trip to Asbury Park before August 7th and seeing all these lovely things in person.

Ch ch ch changes!


Well hello there! It’s been a while, I know. We’ve been working very hard to make PSG even more awesome than it already was. And we’ve recently made some changes to both the structure of PSG and the space that I want to share with everyone.

PRIVATE STUDIOS:  We are building 5 private studios that are part of our new resident artist program. We are seeking artists and makers that are interested in being a long term part of our community.  We still have our semi-private studios too, though there is a waiting list for those. To be added to the waiting list or if you are interested in the private studios, please contact me at

COMMUNITY DAYS: Saturdays are now our community days where the shops are open to non-members from 11am-9pm. Come on down and weld, cut, forge and more. We have monitors available in each department to help with advice on projects, questions, and more!

MEMBERSHIP OPTIONS: We’ve streamlined our membership options. PSG now offers two basic membership options: Monthly Memberships and Day Passes. Monthly membership are now $150/month for unlimited access to our shops during our hours of operation. Day Passes are $35/day and available for use on Saturdays or during the week with One-on One private instruction.

We’ve also added new equipment and are constantly improving the workshops. Come by and check it out!

Giles Clement and the Traveling Tintype Studio Comes to PSG!

 We are very excited to have Giles Clement joining us during our

One Year Anniversary Party with his Traveling Tintype Studio!  


Giles Clement

Giles Clement is an itinerant photographer currently touring the country with his Irish Terrier and a station wagon full of cameras, lights and wet plate collodion chemicals. Clement began his photographic career 15 years ago working as a photojournalist and the honest, direct approach to his story telling photographs has stayed with him throughout his journey.

In the tradition of artists and tradesmen of generations past, portrait photographer Giles Clement is taking his studio on the road. Clement uses the tintype method of photography to create unique silver images on sheets of black metal. Tintyping was popular in the late 1800’s, but was quickly abandoned as less difficult and more reliable methods of portraiture were invented. Clement’s camera equipment is antique – some of it more than 160 years old. In harmony with old methods and equipment, he uses modern lighting and technologies to capture the faces, and often the souls, of a new generation of artists, inventors and pioneers.

Each portrait takes about 10 minutes, and the resulting photograph on a metal plate will last for hundreds of years.

barista013             lilyglass

shaky712              shaky055

Garrett              meredithgraves


Please check out his amazing website & have your Tintype created here at PSG!


Knight Arts supports PSG



What an amazing night! We had a great time at a Knight Arts celebration honoring the 19 grantees that received additional support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, one of which was the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym! This grant supported our addition of a jewelry studio, ceramics studio and blacksmith area, as well as the series of lectures and demos that are free to members and $5 for non-members. We are thrilled to have the support of the Knight Foundation…we could not have done this without you!