Chocolatier Catherine Wiersema
Kim Ortengren of Wallace James Co.
Cozy for Kim Ortengren's talk. November, 2017.
Steve Corman of Vena's Fizz House. February, 2019.
John Sundling - floral design. April, 2019.

Makers at the Hall

Last Wednesday of the month at 7pm

January thru May & September thru November


Makers at the Hall is a series of talks, panel discussions and lectures that take place at Mechanics’ Hall in Portland, Maine – the historic home of the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association.

Inspired by these original makers and mechanical artists, this curated program invites artists, artisans and tradespeople – local Maine leaders in craft and culture, to discuss their work and give audiences a behind the scenes look at their creative process.

Now in its fourth year, previous guests have included light and sculpture artist Pandora LaCasse, violin maker Jonathan Cooper Luthier, print maker Pilar Nadal of Pickwick Press, furniture designer Doug Green, Nick and David Wallace of Wallace Pipe Organs, many more.

Talks are FREE for members or $8 general admission. Doors open at 6:45pm. Refreshments are served after the talk at 8pm. Elevator access to second floor library.


Next Speaker: February 26th

Catherine Wiersema – Chocolats Passion is a tiny artisan maker (from Portland) in a big chocolate world! Catherine will first focus her talk on a brief history of chocolate, then show how her team creates their French-style confections, while rejecting many shortcuts available to modern confectioners. She will conclude with a wide lens on the makers at the origin of the chocolate trail, the small farmers responsible for most of the world’s cacao production.


Just released! 2020 Season


January 29th – Nathan Richardson, Luthier

February 26th – Catherine Wiersema, French Chocolatier

March 25th – Joe Lendway, Fine Wood Furniture

April 29th – Ayumi Horie, Pottery & Activism

May 27th – Ebenezer Akakpo, owner/designer Akakpo & Co.

September 30th – Terrill Waldman & Charlie Jenkins, Tandem Glass Studio

October 28th – Chris Balzer, Balzer Family Clockworks

November 18th* – Scott Nash, Illustrator

*Second to last Wednesday due to holiday.

Watch videos of past lectures through our member page on Portland Media Center’s website.

Below: Makers at the Hall with Pandora LaCasse – September 2018.