The BoxShop

The BoxShop is a studio workspace for artists in San Francisco. With over 100 working artists, our mission is to support the creation of high quality art by providing shared access to tools, skills and knowledge.

Artists work out of 20'x 8' shipping containers and share access to a 5000-ft.² shop and a 20,000-ft.² yard.

The warehouse metal shop includes a fully functioning metal shop mig, tig and gas welders, a CNC Plasma cutter, and a wide range of metal shaping equipment: benders, rollers, English wheel, planishing hammers, a break, drill presses and more. Two of the BoxShop's latest additions are a shared electronics studio and a machine shop with a mill, a lathe and associated tooling.

Watch a short clip about the boxshop and our mission.

The BoxShop from mizpoon on Vimeo.

The BoxShop is run by Charles Gadeken.

Charles Gadeken has been working as a professional artist in the Bay Area for 20 years. His artistic practice seeks to realize the potential for unexpected magic and serendipity in everyday life. His art pulls inspiration from objects, structures and natural processes in the world around us, and transforms them into beautifully crafted sculptures that engage and surprise the viewer. His goal through this work is to instill a sense of play into the environment, taking the form of things we tend to overlook and remaking them as magical items that exist as a real life portal to our imagination.

Charlie's work has thus far incorporated mixed metals, interactive and kinetic elements, and special effects in various forms such as fire, light, and electricity. It ranges dramatically in size and functionality, from smaller scale static sculpted metalwork exemplified in his contribution of a heart to San Francisco General Hospital’s Heroes & Hearts program, to monumental sized public artwork commissioned for temporary festivals and community celebrations all over the world, including Coachella, Robodock, Burning Man, Insomniac Events, Maker Faire, and many more.

Charles is a founding member of The Flaming Lotus Girls, an artist cooperative, and designs and builds custom fire art for individual collectors.

Find out more about Charlie and view his work at