Hey creatives, today we’re talking to you. Whether you’re in need of special equipment, collaboration or a space to call your own, we’re highlighting Charleston’s makerspaces that will get those creative + innovative juices flowing.
So what’s a makerspace?
- The term is often tied to spaces where people with a common interest, often technology, can get together to share ideas + equipment
- Makerspaces typically have a creative component, like a 3D printer or photo processing lab.
- Some are open to the public, while others might have a membership process or are exclusive to a particular group.
- Most importantly, Charleston artists + makers are often closely aligned and work out of the same areas.
Here are four local spaces offering everything from craft supplies to 3D printers:
The Circle Charleston | 1809 B Reynolds Ave., North Charleston | This creative coworking space began as a niche for women in the building industry. Now, it is a center for all professionals across the interior design, architecture + building industries to come together to create, collaborate and construct. Space rentals provide 24-hour access to the office space, kitchen, printers, tables + more. See pricing here.
Redux Contemporary Art Center | 1056 King St. | This art studio + makerspace is a hub for Charleston artists. Members have 24-hour access to the facility that includes a darkroom + print studio, tools, equipment + more. Artists can apply for a space here. Redux also hosts various classes + workshops available to the public.
Reforge Charleston | Citadel Mall, 2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. | This education-based nonprofit allows the community to utilize tools, equipment + classes that promote STEM learning + creation. See membership pricing here.
Wando Mount Pleasant Library’s Makerspace and Creative Studios | 1400 Carolina Park Blvd., Mt. Pleasant | This Charleston County Public Library is free for anyone with a library card. One studio serves as a classroom for arts + crafts while the other has various equipment like sewing machines, 3D printers, craft supplies + more.