Stranger Things to take over Workspace next week


Katelyn Squiers

The Workspace will host a Stranger Things week from Sept. 5 to Sept. 11.

The Workspace in the Memorial Union will host a Stranger Things week as part of its Paint Your Own Pottery program Sept. 5 to Sept. 11.

Themed ceramics will include donuts and coffee mugs for “coffee and contemplation,” dragons for Dungeons & Dragons, and waffle plates for the character Eleven. Attendees can also select 80s inspired pieces such as high top sneakers and boomboxes.

Ceramics from previous themes, such as decorative plates, trinket boxes and figurines, will also be available.

“You can paint anything,” Letitia Kenemer, arts and workspace coordinator, said. “The theme is just a way for people to hear about different types of things that we have that they may not know.”

The Workspace is open from 2 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Anyone is welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult.

Prices will vary depending on the ceramic item selected, but most pieces will cost $12 to $20. For an additional charge, participants can take their project to go.

Staff members must fire pottery pieces in a kiln before customers can take them home. The length of time between painting and firing often varies, but most pieces are ready for pick-up after a week.

The Workspace previously showcased a Stranger Things pottery week when the first season of the series dropped on Netflix in 2016. The theme makes its return in light of the show’s recent new episodes from summer 2022.

Its long-awaited fourth season scored the number one spot on Netflix’s Top 10 list for eight consecutive weeks, according to the Netflix website.

Stranger Things is a science fiction drama series set in the 80s. It follows a small town’s response to a young boy’s disappearance as they are faced with an onslaught of supernatural events.

To match the theme, the Workspace will periodically play 80s music throughout the room.

The Workspace’s Paint Your Own Pottery series launches a new theme each week to help attract students who do not typically participate in pottery and crafts.

“We really want the Workspace to be a place where everyone feels like there’s something for them and everyone feels comfortable and welcome,” Kenemer said.

Previous pop culture themes include Game of Thrones and Dungeons & Dragons. These themes often help students build new relationships at the Workspace.

“You might not walk up to somebody and be like ‘hey do you like Stranger Things,’” Kenemer said. “But if you’re there for the same reason, you’re more likely to talk about it.”

Additional information on Stranger Things Week and other Workspace events can be found on the Student Engagement website.