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History

Since establishment as an initiative of the Dunstan government in 1973, JamFactory has remained at the forefront of development in craft and design.

Originally located in an historic old jam factory on Payneham Road in St Peters, Adelaide, the organisation began as craft training workshops, galleries, shop and artist’s studios, before moving to its current purpose built Morphett Street facility in the heart of Adelaide’s West End Arts Precinct in 1992. The original workshops focused on the areas of glass, ceramics, leather, textiles and jewellery.

These areas of focus were reviewed when the organisation moved to Morphett Street and saw the textile and leather workshops close, jewellery expand to metal design and the opening of a furniture design studio. The purpose built facility at Morphett Street features JamFactory’s flagship retail store, renovated by renowned designer Khai Liew in 2010, 4 gallery spaces and 4 fully equipped studios in ceramics, glass, furniture and metal. The building also houses 10 independent studios rented by emerging and established practitioners.