The mission of Pioneer Craft house is to honor its rich heritage in the South Salt Lake City community with quality arts and crafts education, programs and events within Salt Lake County and greater Utah, fostering lifelong participation in and appreciation of the arts.
Pioneer Craft House, named for a 1947 project marking the centennial of Salt Lake's settlement, recently celebrated its 60th anniversary on the site of the old Scott School property at 500 East and 3300 South.
Craft House is the home of a valuable international puppet collection; well-used weaving, pottery studios and glass-making studios; Native American flute-making, silversmith and lapidary workshops; an art library, and a peaceful cultural haven for artists and craftspeople.
Classes in both heritage and contemporary methods and materials give students the opportunity to develop interests in fields as varied as tatting, crocheting, knitting, fabric arts, sewing, woodcarving, sculpture, moccasin-making, glass- and bead-work, and even microwave cooking and macrame!
In 2008, Granite School District transferred the property to Salt Lake County and the City of South Salt Lake.
Efforts continue on the part of impassioned artists, educators, and community builders to ensure that Craft House’s serene campus and spacious studios remain a cultural oasis for decades to come.
Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks funding is helping restore the lovely old buildings, which are enjoying some TLC in the form of new paint, new pipes, and new populations, including veterans affiliated with the George Wahlen Veterans Administration Medical Center and students enrolled in Lifelong Learning at the University of Utah. The grounds have been pruned and replanted to reflect the vitality of this beloved institution.
Donations to Pioneer Craft House through LoveUtahGiveUtah will assist in construction of our new kiln building and expansion of our pottery program.
Come share the dedication of Pioneer Craft House to arts and crafts education at our sanctuary of learning, -- the oldest continually operated school in Utah meant to carry on for generations.