Planning Underway for 2017!!

img_0799We are seeking on new Committee Members to help plan the second annual Pleasant Prairie Maker Faire which will take place on November 25, 2017!

Do you have an interest in being part of the Pleasant Prairie Mini Maker Faire team? If so, we could use your help. We are seeking active committee members who can help us plan for, organize, and promote the event.

We’ll be hosting our first 2017 Mini Maker Faire community planning meeting on Wednesday evening, February 8 from 5:15 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. in the Village Hall Auditorium (parking is available on the south end of the building) at 9915 39th Avenue.

A Maker Faire is a community based learning event that brings tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students and entrepreneurs together to “show their projects and talk about what they’ve learned.” It’s an exhibition with opportunities for hands on and do-it-yourself interactions.

Can’t wait to see you there!

Wisconsin Organization Of Spacemodeling Hobbyists

carl-russWOOSH  is the Wisconsin Organization Of Spacemodeling  Hobbyists and we are Section 558 of the National Association of Rocketry.  Our club sponsors multiple monthly launches year round at our three launch sites located throughout southeastern Wisconsin. All of our launches are family friendly and open to the public. We welcome rocket enthusiasts of every skill level from beginners to the most advanced flyers.  Please check our website  for current launch activities and schedules as well as pictures and other information.

Making Beautiful, Hand-Crafted Porcelain.

img_8809I am a maker. I was born a maker. Right now I happen to be a maker of functional porcelain pottery. The feeling of the clay itself is enough to keep me fully engaged with this craft. When you add to that the multiple skills required to create a piece of beautiful, well designed, well functioning and COMFORTABLE pottery, it can be a bit overwhelming! It takes a lifetime of practice to hone these skills.

 To truly appreciate a thing, it helps to UNDERSTAND just how that thing was created. Come and check out my booth on Saturday November 26th and have a hands on experience working on a few simple ceramic decorating techniques. You’ll have a little fun, and gain a little insight in the process! I hope to see you there.

Get “Hands On” With Clay at the Pleasant Prairie Mini Maker Faire!

pottery-workshopEver wonder how ceramic objects are made or wanted to try your hands in clay?

Pottery is an ancient art form which is enjoying a surge in popularity. Whether it’s throwing pots on a wheel or using hand-building techniques, working with clay offers a wealth of different processes that give you the opportunity to create unique, tangible and functional art works.

CrackPots Studio in Pleasant Prairie is a working pottery studio which also offers classes in wheel and hand-building techniques. Owner, Julie Schilf, along with the help of some local potters, will be demonstrating many of these techniques and offering the public the opportunity to “get its hands in clay” in an all-day workshop at the Pleasant Prairie Mini Makers Faire on November 26.


Why Volunteer?

Why volunteer at Pleasant Prairie Mini Maker Faire?

You can show your support for the worldwide Maker Movement, and plus we need you to make Pleasant Prairie Mini Maker Faire a successful community effort! With a large variety of volunteer options to choose from, there’s a job for everyone!

We’ll need help with setup, maker load-in and load-out, tear-down, registration and information, the Nerdy Derby, assisting Makers and sponsors, and more! We’ll walk you through everything you’ll need to know. We can’t wait to meet you!

Be a Part of Maker Faire

“Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, sauté it, whatever. MAKE.”
– Joss Whedon – Writer, Producer, Director

This quote from Director Joss Whedon pretty much sums up why I’ve decided to volunteer my time to help with Pleasant Prairie’s Inaugural Mini Maker Faire.  We all have in us the inspiration to create:  ideas, concepts… call them “mental blueprints,” if you will.  But while most of us have great ideas, it’s those who take the diagram scribbled onto a napkin and turn it into a real-live working thing that fascinate me.  The Makers of this world should be celebrated, honored, revered and showcased.

The upcoming Pleasant Prairie Mini Maker Faire seeks to do just that:  Showcase the Makers of the region to those of us who relish watching, learning from and cheering them on.  This is an opportunity to:


  • see underwater robotics
  • spin a potter’s wheel
  • build a model Anime robot
  • watch a blacksmith forge iron
  • make school logo artwork from recycled lids
  • see Tesla coils in action
  • race cardboard box cars
  • make homemade jam

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