General Information:

What is a Craft Guild?

The Craft Guild of Iowa City is a non-profit organization of crafters from throughout East Central Iowa who come together to share knowledge and promote interest in traditional crafts and provide opportunities for creative development. The crafts currently practiced by members include ceramics, spinning, weaving, knitting, quilting, beading and  ply-split braiding.  

Membership is open to those 18 years and older who want to explore, expand and share their skills. Members share in various activities within and outside the Guild to promote interest in their craft and our organization.  They volunteer their time and talent by serving on committees, working on Guild projects, sharing in maintenance, participating in local events like the Iowa City Arts Festival and supporting statewide and regional craft organizations. Our nonprofit status prohibits the use of Guild facilities  for personal profit and we do not have personal studio work space.  Dues and fees are for operation of the house and grounds, class supplies and equipment maintenance.   

We are 80 years STRONG and Still Here, Sharing our craft.


of Iowa City


 September 12, 2021 


815 Oakland Ave

Iowa City

       The Woolery - use this link to support the Guild! The Craft Guild receives 5% of all purchases made using this link. 

Spinners are just having fun on Distaff Day.

Quilter's show and tell

Greetings to Craft Guild members:

So much of our lives have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and that includes our lives together as a Guild. While we are all free to work our magic with fiber and clay in our homes, the important component of togetherness is missing.


The use of the house is still under the restrictions instituted last spring but arrangements can be made for access to the library or equipment check out. We will be searching for ways to bring people together virtually through such means as on-line postings, video conferencing and video sharing. The chairs of each group will be reaching out to their members with their plans for keeping in touch.


In recognition of the lack of key components, the board has decided to drop the annual Guild dues from $70 to $50 for those who wish to do so. Potters have an additional $50 materials fee. The dues can be paid now. You may drop a check off at the Guild House or mail your check to the Guild Treasurer, Jane Katz, at: 934 Stone Mill Road, Tipton, IA 52772. The new door code is already programed into the lock but the old code will also still operate until October 1. When your dues are received, you will receive the new number by mail or e-mail as well. Stay well and stay safe.

David Larabee-Zierath, Guild President

Use of the Craft Guild building will be allowed for craft activities with the following provisions:

Individual groups will determine how they will begin meeting as to where, when and any restrictions appropriate for their group and consistent with Johnson County requirements. 

Temporarily, Weavers, Spinners and Quilters are using ZOOM for meeting. 

Only one person may work in a room at a time.  Masks must be worn at all times.  

If more than one member is working in the building (in separate rooms) they must use social distancing when passing in the common areas.

All guild rules must be strictly followed, including cleaning of all work areas, sanitizing of all common areas accessed, and no work produced for personal sale.  Thanks for your cooperation.

Weavers" exhibit at MWC