All are welcome here

The Workspace is a vibrant arts and crafts studio nestled at the heart of Iowa State’s campus. Whether you're a student looking to unwind, an artist seeking inspiration, or a member of the community eager to explore your artistic side, The Workspace welcomes you with open arms. With a wide array of tools, materials, and knowledgeable staff, you'll find unique drop-in crafts, weekly paint your own pottery themes, classes and open studios. From pottery to painting, jewelry-making to woodworking, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Join us at The Workspace and let your creativity flourish in a welcoming environment. Find us in the east basement of the Memorial Union.

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Fall (First day of classes in August through early December)  
Spring (First day of classes in January through April 30)
Summer (June 1 - July 31)

Monday - Friday 2 - 9 pm
Saturday 10 am - 4 pm
Closed Sunday

The Workspace is closed when ISU is on break (Fall and Spring break), between class semesters, and on holidays.

We are always impressed by our guests' creativity, whether seasoned ceramicists, elementary schoolers painting pottery, or college students unwinding with crafts between classes. The Workspace is a welcoming place for anyone to explore creative outlets and endeavors, no matter their skill level, age, or even budget.

Natalie McDaniels, Integrated studio arts major

Where to Find Us

The Workspace is located in the East Basement of the Iowa State Memorial Union on the Iowa State University Campus in Ames. We are a little bit hard to find the first time, but well worth the trip!

For access needs, please e-mail a week in advance of the event you would like to attend. 

Workspace Map

Contact Us


The Workspace
Iowa State Memorial Union
2229 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA 50014




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Available in any denomination and can be redeemed for classes, Paint Your Own Pottery, supplies, or studio fees. Call or stop by, and we will get you set up.

Need a creative activity for your students, friends, or co-workers? How about adding a creative component to your conference or event? We can create a project that fits within your time and budget, and it will be fun! Fill out our Event Request Form to get the conversation started!

If you are an Iowa State student with financial barriers to taking a workspace class, fill out this form to apply for a scholarship to cover the cost.