Give a girl a tea cozy and her tea will be ... cozy? Teach her to make a tea cozy and all of her friends and family members will have them, too—whether they need them or not. This year, consider giving someone you love the gift of knowledge—or, if you're a fast learner, craft your own presents. Below are a handful of businesses and organizations with a specialty in instruction.
Both a gallery and a school, Aurora Borealis' motto is "We Play With Lava." Instruction ranges from beginner's courses to more advanced glass-fusing and jewelry-making. Classes are small and last several hours.
Despite a childhood resistance to sewing, Teresa Romero went on to earn a degree in fashion design. A few years ago, after a decade working for apparel companies in San Francisco, Romero came home and opened The Designer's Lounge. Anyone of any age can learn design and sewing techniques in a variety of classes or private lessons. And there are gift certificates.
Housed in what was once the Harwood Girls School, a 1925 neoclassical building in the Wells Park neighborhood, the center aims to educate and enrich the community through art. Classes in drawing, painting, figure drawing, jewelry, etching, abstraction and more are available for adults, teens and children.
Los Poblanos is a beautiful organic farm, historic inn, cultural center and coveted wedding locale. Another of its multiple functions is educational—Los Poblanos offers hands-on classes and workshops in culinary arts and crafting.
Established in the mid-'90s after founder Regina Held earned a MFA in printmaking from UNM, New Grounds was one of the country's first nontoxic print workshops. The 4,000-square-foot Nob Hill space facilitates a variety of printmaking techniques. It caters to experienced artists while offering classes and workshops to burgeoning printmakers.
New Mexico Clay sells glazes, kilns and the like, but it also teaches beginners how to throw and hand-build pottery. Classes in silver clay—a malleable material that becomes pure silver after firing—are also available to students who want to learn alternative jewelry-making techniques.