The Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center fulfills an unmet need by providing working and emerging artists access to a fully-equipped metalworking facility and an array of specialized services that can’t be found in any other art center in the Twin Cities. You'll find a wealth of tools, equipment, instruction, resources, and networking, as well as a supportive and creative community at CAFAC.

As any fire artist knows, the equipment needed to practice these art forms can be cost-prohibitive, and the extensive facility set-up extremely difficult—if not downright dangerous—to incorporate into a personal living space. CAFAC offers studio rental facilities that provide an inspiring, economical, and safe working environment.

The self-contained, lockable studios at CAFAC range in size and price. Studios may be shared by two artists for an additional cost.

What's Included
CAFAC studios provide:

  • a work surface
  • storage
  • electrical service
  • access to welding and fabrication equipment in the shop when it is not being used by classes
  • gases and other basic consumables (electrodes, wire, etc.) as needed by the ordinary usage of shop equipment

For more information and to indicate interest in studio rental, please contact Heather Doyle, Artistic Director, at Rental is subject to the negotiation and execution of a definitive rental agreement.

SPARC: Studio Pass at Reduced Cost
Our SPARC program is geared towards students and artists that have intermediate to advanced skills in a particular program area. They may have taken a series of classes, including Reheater classes, or they may be experienced artists/craftspeople who have been working on their own. SPARC provides access to the shop and the equipment and tools for a specific program area, on particular days and times over the course of a quarter, for a reasonable cost. SPARC-ers have to demonstrate their ability to work safely and competently in their chosen program area by completing a test-out process with a program instructor or the Artistic Director. Supervision is provided during SPARC hours, but SPARC-ers will work completely independently on personal projects.

Industrial Floor SPARC
For students and artists working in welding and metal fabrication or blacksmithing. You have the option of signing up for a full quarter (best value) or for a month at a time.

Monday - Thursday hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. SPARC is offered on a quarterly and monthly basis - find current opportunities here.

Before you register, please schedule a test-out with Artistic Director, Heather Doyle. Contact her at

Flameworking SPARC
For students and artists working in lampwork soft glass who have taken our Flamework Immersion or have comparable experience. You have the option of signing up for a full quarter (best value) or for a month at a time.

Tuesday and Thursday hours are 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday hours are 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Also included are regular Torch Time hours, held the third Sunday of each month, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Before you register, please schedule a test-out with Instructor, Mary Ila Duntemann. Contact her at mary.ila.duntemann at