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    • 01 Jan 2014
    • 31 Dec 2014
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts

    Give the Gift of Craft!


    Do you have a significant other in your life that is looking to expand their artistic horizons? Are you looking for the ultimate gift for the serious maker in your life? As you know, Touchstone is the only residential craft school in Pennsylvania offering an unparalleled creative experience for aspiring amateurs and professional artisans alike. Give the gift certificate that will enable them to pursue their passion.


    Gift certificates may be applied to all workshop related fees, lodging, meals packages, and/or purchases in our Bea Campbell Gallery Store and the Iron Gate Gallery.


    Click here to read the Terms and Conditions of Touchstone Gift Certificates


    Contact Touchstone at info@touchstonecrafts.org or call 724-329-1370 if you have any questions about this wonderful gift opportunity.



    • 25 Apr 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 27 Apr 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 12

    This workshop has been closed.  

     

    April 25–27

    Color on Metal
    Samantha Skelton
    All Levels |$200
    Weekend Workshop
     
    Explore using enamels in a new and innovative way. You will learn a variety of techniques from simple sifting to hand-drawn designs on enamel and options for alternative color on metal. We will focus on enameling techniques for the majority of the workshop and finish up with creative designs for setting, mounting, and other connections. *Ability to saw and solder preferred.

     

     

    Samantha Skelton received a BFA in metalsmithing from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and a MFA in metalsmithing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Her work focuses on the interaction between the artist, object, and viewer. As a maker and a craftsperson, she has been inspired by the connection between people making and experiencing art. By contrasting mechanical tool-like elements and organic forms, she engages the viewer, inviting them to hold and look through these precious objects or to open and reveal something hidden. Currently, Samantha, a studio apprentice working at the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, designs and makes organic, textural, and contemporary wedding and fashion jewelry. Along with jewelry, Samantha is also an educator, exhibiting sculptor, and printmaker. Learn more about her work at samanthaskelton.com.

     

    > Weekend workshop dates include check-in and check-out.

    > Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Friday, 6:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet, and Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Friday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Checkout
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 25 Apr 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 27 Apr 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 9

    This workshop has been closed.  

     

    April 25–27

    Getting Started with Chalk Pastels
    Amanda Zimmerman
    Novice | $200
    Weekend Workshop
     
    Delve in to the world of chalk pastel painting. Chalk pastels are vibrant and showy; an ideal medium for bold and exhilarating masterpieces. And they are easy to learn! We will do a few exercises to become familiar with the medium, and then work on several compositions for the duration of the class schedule. Please bring some of your favorite photos for inspiration and reference.

     

     

    Much of Amanda Zimmerman’s art background has been from the precision-orientated scientific illustration field, but she wandered into the classic mediums of chalk and oil pastels, giving her work a looser, more energetic feel. Amanda earned an associate’s degree in visual communications, and continues to improve her skills by studying under renowned illustrators, including Patricia Savage, Anne Payne, Mark Klingler, John Cody, and Greg Manchess. She believes art is a way of observing, studying, and recording the unique details that abound in the natural world—or in the internal world of personal creativity. 
     
    > Weekend workshop dates include check-in and check-out.
    > Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Friday, 6:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet, and Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Friday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Checkout
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 25 Apr 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 28 Apr 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 7
    April 25–28
    The Act and Art of Paper Cutting
    Kathryn Carr
    Novice–Intermediate | $300
    Extended Weekend Workshop

    Learn basic techniques as well as the tips and tricks of the art of paper cutting and template design. You will experiment with different tools and materials to find your own preference for working in the art of cut paper. Your skill level and comfort with this art form will be heightened through completing an assortment of fun and challenging projects, receiving individual guidance, and personal experimentation. Projects will include: An introduction to paper cutting through functional art, paper illuminated, shadow box design, and reflections of life.


     
    Inspired by the art of Scherenschnitte, Kathryn Carr designs and hand cuts unique compositions from paper. Scherenschnitte is German for scissor snips and is pronounced sharon-snit-tah. Kathryn, who is self-taught, started paper cutting in 2008. She is drawn to the bold imagery of the silhouette and the intriguing shadows they cast. Her whimsical designs begin by sketching an idea and giving it a sense of movement and playfulness. She will then draw the image on the back of the paper that is to be cut. Using a scissor or knife blade she will carefully cut away the paper to reveal the image. Selected original designs are used in her line of greeting cards. Kathryn graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a BFA in art education. She has lived in Alaska and overseas, and currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her original art, greeting cards, and prints can be found in galleries and shops worldwide. To learn more about her work, visit gocarrgo.com
     
    > Extended weekend workshop dates include check-in and check-out
    > Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Friday, 6:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet, and Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Friday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Monday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Monday, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Check-out
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 25 Apr 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 27 Apr 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 7
    April 25–27
    Bruce Godlesky
     All Levels* | $200
    Weekend Workshop
         
    This workshop, geared toward those who already possess basic blacksmithing skills, will help blacksmiths of all levels gain a better understanding of how to change interwoven steel cable into beautifully patterned Damascus billets. These billets can then be transformed into a wide range of forged objects, from unforgettable belt buckles to knives with incredible durability. You will use several different types of cable—braided and structural. We will cover steel cable selection and preparation, basic tools and fixtures, billet construction and manipulation, and pattern design. By the end of the workshop, each student will forge, finish, and etch a billet large enough for several future projects. *Some basic blacksmithing experience is a plus.
     
     
    Bruce Godlesky has been involved in the steel manipulation business for over 40 years as the owner of an auto body repair facility. His love of working with steel turned him toward knife making 35 years ago, and since then he has made countless blades for hunters and blade enthusiasts across the region. He also makes historical blades for re-enactors from a variety of periods in American history. Bruce has been a full-time blacksmith and blade maker for the last seven years. He recently taught several bladesmithing classes at the Lenape Tech Adult Education Program in Ford City, Pennsylvania. Learn more about his work at birdogforge.com.
     
    > Weekend workshop dates include check-in and check-out.
    > Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Friday, 6:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet, and Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Friday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Checkout
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 25 Apr 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 28 Apr 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 8
    April 25–28
    Working with Leather as a Form of Art
    Instructor: Jamie Murphy
    Novice* | $300
    Extended Weekend Workshop 

    Explore how leather, with its old fashion allure and ancient roots, can be used as a form of art. We will discuss the use of leather as a fabric in designing and making a functional piece. The characteristics of leather hides will be presented from the point of view of their workability as well as their attractiveness and durability as finished products. Traditional and practical techniques of leather working and stitching will also be demonstrated. You will utilize patterns as well as your ideas in designing and creating your own piece—the end product of this class. *Intermediate sewing skills required. 


     
    Jamie Murphy is inspired by the world around her. The locust trees in Jamie’s backyard are beautiful and organically shaped; they have resonated with her and influenced her art. Full grain leather has similar qualities, with unique beauty marks, variegated grains, and organically-shaped edges. Her artistic focus has always been painting, but leather has become the medium where she feels that she can best express herself. Jamie, a 30 year resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, with a BA in studio arts. She is a juried member of the Pittsburgh Society of Artists, the Craftsman’s Guild of Pittsburgh, and the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsman. Learn more about her work at lunajaze.com.

    > Extended weekend workshop dates include check-in and check-out
    > Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Friday, 6:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet, and Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Friday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Monday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Monday, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Check-out

    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 25 Apr 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 27 Apr 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 9

    This workshop has been closed.  

     

    April 25–27

    Low Fire Surface Design
    Christy Culp
    All Levels | $200
    Weekend Workshop
     
    Learn how to add more dimension to your clay pieces through surface decoration in a technique packed weekend. Mishima, sgraffito, stenciling, and glaze trailing techniques will be introduced. Students will have the opportunity to discover the unlimited possibilities of adding imagery, pattern, and lines to wet clay surfaces using underglazes and slip. Glaze trailing and layering on bisque-fired pieces will also be presented. You may bring low to mid-range pieces that have been bisque fired to cone 06. You are asked to bring a sketch book, images, and symbols personal to your work along with a sense of adventure and experimentation.

     


    Christy Culp has been making pottery and teaching art since 1991. She works with red earthenware clay, slips, and majolica glazes to create luscious functional wares and fruit inspired sculptures. Her work is known for its very feminine qualities and imagery of cherries and pears. A graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, her work exhibits at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, The Clay Place, Boulevard Gallery, Penn State New Kensington Art Gallery, and The Saxonburg Area Artist Co-op. Her work is also found in many private collections. She is a member of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh and a founding member of the Saxonburg Area Artists Co-op. When not making work in her studio, 2 Pears Pottery, Christy is teaching ceramics, sculpture, drawing, and painting at Deer Lakes High School. Learn more about her work at 2pearspottery.blogspot.com.

     

    > Weekend workshop dates include check-in and check-out.

    > Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Friday, 6:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet, and Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Friday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Checkout
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 03 May 2014
    • 9:00 AM
    • 04 May 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • Metals Studio at Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 48

    May 3–4

    Alchemist Picnic: A Mid-Atlantic Metals Retreat Hosted by Wayne Werner (VIP Access)

    All Levels

    Weekend Event




    The Alchemist Picnic is a gathering of metalsmiths and jewelers from the mid-Atlantic region and beyond. This weekend event is hosted by Wayne Werner, renowned for his metalsmithing expertise, jewelry design, musical talent, and ebullient personality. He is the perfect emcee for this lively new event and Touchstone is the ideal setting with its beautiful woodland campus and well-equipped metals studios. As Pennsylvania’s only residential craft school, Touchstone’s convenient geography makes it the ideal mid-Atlantic platform for the Alchemist Picnic to take flight. In addition, Touchstone is holding a workshop giveaway during the Saturday evening auction through which a lucky attendee can win an all-expense-paid* summer workshop in the Metals Studio. 


    Aspiring students, emerging makers, and seasoned professionals are all invited to share their creative and professional journeys. Alchemist Picnic offers a rare opportunity to network for your guild, school, and/or organization, as well as share your own talents and aspirations with a regional community of metals artists. Alchemist Picnic is a weekend rendezvous designed to build community, share information, swap goods, exchange services, and absorb ideas.


    Demonstrations will be held each morning and demonstrators include Wayne Werner, Sharon Massey, and Todd Pownell. Guild and personal presentations will take place in the afternoon with roundtable discussions on professional practices going on in the early evening. A tool swap and tool demonstrations will be held throughout the weekend. One exciting bonus is that the Sixth Annual Jim Campbell Hammer-In will also be going on that weekend at Touchstone, and we look forward to many opportunities for creative cross-pollination.

     

    We encourage all metals and jewelry enthusiasts to bring an artful object or metalsmithing tool to donate to the auction. All proceeds will go to scholarships for Touchstone workshops.


    Please see admission options to the left and click the register button to ensure your place at this event. Pricing is per person.

     

    *Includes workshop tuition and room/board. Materials fees are not included and must be paid separately.

    • 03 May 2014
    • 9:00 AM
    • 04 May 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • Hart Moore Blacksmithing Studio at Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 31

    Saturday and Sunday, May 3–4

    Sixth Annual Jim Campbell Hammer-In




    Touchstone celebrates its Sixth Annual Jim Campbell Hammer-In, a yearly celebration of all things blacksmithing that honors the enduring legacy of longtime volunteer and friend to Touchstone, Jim Campbell. Join us in the Hart Moore Blacksmith Studio for demonstrations in the art and craft of working hot steel. To add a bit of excitement to this year’s event, Touchstone is holding a prize drawing through which a lucky attendee can win an all-expense-paid* summer workshop in the Hart Moore Blacksmith Studio. With instructors like Greg Price, Bob Rupert, and Logan Hirsh on the roster for 2014, some lucky person is going get an amazing artistic and educational experience.

     

    For this year’s Hammer-In, Touchstone has invited experienced and innovative blacksmiths Greg Gehner and Ken Roby to demonstrate. Greg received a BA in metalsmithing and blacksmithing from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and his work synthesizes traditional forging approaches with innovative fabrication processes into objects with a decidedly modern aesthetic. He transitioned into a full-time metalsmith. In 2005, he established Transit Forge with a move to northwestern Pennsylvania, where he continues to forge and fabricate a variety of sculptural, functional, and architectural metalwork from his shop in Cambridge Springs. Ken established himself as a professional farrier after graduating from Hawken School, attending Montana State University’s farrier science program, and earning his BA from Kent State University. Ken transitioned from a 15-year career in shoeing horses to concentrate on the art of blacksmithing, and now teaches and demonstrates at numerous conferences, workshops, and classes across the country, including the Sculpture Center of Cleveland and the Cleveland Institute of Art. These talented blacksmiths bring two distinctive approaches to the Sixth Annual Jim Campbell Hammer-In, and we’re excited to see the conversation in steel unfold.

     

    The weekend will include artist lectures, forging demonstrations, iron work displays, gourmet camp food, tool vendors, and good old blacksmithing camaraderie. In addition, we encourage all iron enthusiasts to bring an artful object or forging tool to donate to the auction. All proceeds will go to scholarships for blacksmithing workshops and studio improvements.


    Please see admission options to the left and click the register button to ensure your place at this event. Pricing is per person. 

     

    *Includes workshop tuition, room and board. Materials fees are not included and must be paid separately.
    • 03 May 2014
    • 9:00 AM
    • 04 May 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • Metals Studio at Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 43

    May 3–4

    Alchemist Picnic: A Mid-Atlantic Metals Retreat Hosted by Wayne Werner

    All Levels | $70

    Weekend Event




    The Alchemist Picnic is a gathering of metalsmiths and jewelers from the mid-Atlantic region and beyond. This weekend event is hosted by Wayne Werner, renowned for his metalsmithing expertise, jewelry design, musical talent, and ebullient personality. He is the perfect emcee for this lively new event and Touchstone is the ideal setting with its beautiful woodland campus and well-equipped metals studios. As Pennsylvania’s only residential craft school, Touchstone’s convenient geography makes it the ideal mid-Atlantic platform for the Alchemist Picnic to take flight. In addition, Touchstone is holding a workshop giveaway during the Saturday evening auction through which a lucky attendee can win an all-expense-paid* summer workshop in the Metals Studio. 


    Aspiring students, emerging makers, and seasoned professionals are all invited to share their creative and professional journeys. Alchemist Picnic offers a rare opportunity to network for your guild, school, and/or organization, as well as share your own talents and aspirations with a regional community of metals artists. Alchemist Picnic is a weekend rendezvous designed to build community, share information, swap goods, exchange services, and absorb ideas.


    Demonstrations will be held each morning and demonstrators include Wayne Werner, Sharon Massey, and Todd Pownell. Guild and personal presentations will take place in the afternoon with roundtable discussions on professional practices going on in the early evening. A tool swap and tool demonstrations will be held throughout the weekend. One exciting bonus is that the Sixth Annual Jim Campbell Hammer-In will also be going on that weekend at Touchstone, and we look forward to many opportunities for creative cross-pollination.

     

    We encourage all metals and jewelry enthusiasts to bring an artful object or metalsmithing tool to donate to the auction. All proceeds will go to scholarships for Touchstone workshops.


    Please see admission options to the left and click the register button to ensure your place at this event. Pricing is per person.

     

    *Includes workshop tuition and room/board. Materials fees are not included and must be paid separately.

    • 09 May 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 11 May 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 10

    This workshop is closed.  

     

    May 9–11

    Carving a Wood Spirit Face
    Pete Pasqua
    Novice–Intermediate | $200
    Weekend Workshop
     
    This workshop will teach you the uses of chisels and knives with a short explanation of sharpening techniques. You will learn when and why to use stop cuts, how to determine proportional spacing of facial features, and how to carve beards and hair features. We will carve a wood spirit face into a walking stick.


      
    Pete Pasqua has always had a fascination with sculpture. In 2000, he purchased a set of carving chisels, and since then, he has been carving almost every day. Pete’s favorite medium to sculpt and/or carve is wood, and he prefers to carve detailed faces or busts. Pete has carved several commissioned pieces of individuals. In addition to busts, he has practiced bas relief and chip carvings, as well as stylized art.
     
    > Weekend workshop dates include check-in and check-out.
    > Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Friday, 6:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet, and Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Friday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Checkout
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 09 May 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 12 May 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 8
    May 9–12
    Organic Blacksmithing Basics
    Wayne Apgar
    All Levels* | $300
    Extended Weekend Workshop
     
    Organic blacksmithing is the process of forging metal into artistic, organic shapes. Students will use flat, round, and square stock and piping to forge steel, stainless steel, and copper into natural forms. In addition to learning blacksmithing safety, managing a coal or propane forge, and choreographing the blacksmith process, specific patterns to be taught will include roses, daisies, irises, maple leaves, oak leaves, apple leaves, wild grass, vines, and cattails. You may bring pictures or drawings of items that you wish to reproduce. *Students from beginning to advanced levels are welcome.
     
     

    Wayne Apgar began blacksmithing in 1996. He has studied under Dr. Bob Becker for 10 years. Wayne has executed many private commissions in steel, copper, stainless steel, and bronze. Most recently, Wayne forged and fabricated a nine-foot circle bench for a private estate in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where he owns and operates Durham Forge. Wayne is a member of MASA and ABANA. Learn more about his work at durhamforge.net.
     
    > Extended weekend workshop dates include check-in and check-out
    > Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Friday, 6:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet, and Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Friday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Monday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Monday, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Check-out
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 09 May 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 11 May 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 8

    This workshop is closed.  

     

    May 9–11

    Thrown, Altered, and Decorated
    Jennifer Allen
    All Levels | $200
    Weekend Workshop
     
    In this weekend workshop, students will examine ways to manipulate pots both on and off the wheel by using a combination of wheel-throwing and hand-building techniques. Experimenting with darting techniques as a means to achieve out-of-round profiles will be explored. Jennifer will help you discover ways to construct spouts, handles, and other forms from a variety of paper patterns, and play with bisque molds as a way to expand ideas of form. You will also learn how to compose decoration on a three-dimensional form using slip, glaze, and underglaze. Basic wheel knowledge would be helpful, but is not necessary.  



    Jennifer Allen currently teaches ceramics at West Virginia University. She received her BFA from the University of Alaska, Anchorage (2002), and her MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington (2006). The National Council for the Education of Ceramics (NCECA) named Jennifer as a 2008 National Emerging Artist. Among other awards, she was the recipient of the 2006-2007 Taunt Fellowship at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. In 2012, Jennifer presented at the Utilitarian Clay Conference at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. There, she and thirteen other presenters developed an online ceramic collective called Objective Clay. In addition to studio work and teaching, Jennifer is a new mom. Learn more about her work at jenallenceramics.com.

     

    > Weekend workshop dates include check-in and check-out.

    > Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Friday, 6:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet, and Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Friday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Checkout
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 09 May 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 12 May 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 12

    This workshop has been closed.  

     

    May 9–12

    Steel, Silver, and Gold
    Suzanne Pugh
    All Levels | $300
    Extended Weekend Workshop
     
    Learn to work with steel in the small scale context of jewelry and metalsmithing. You will fabricate objects composed of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, and learn to give volume to sheet steel. You will also practice the techniques of working steel, while hot, to take advantage of the plastic properties of this very malleable material. Come prepared to experiment!

     

     

    Suzanne Pugh began her metals and jewelry education in high school, and continued her studies under Gary Noffke and Rob Jackson at the University of Georgia. Further study with Elliott Pujol at Kansas State University led to an MFA, which she uses daily, expounding metal and metal related ideas in a collegiate setting in San Francisco, California. Suzanne is interested in material, metaphor, line, contrast, and narrative in her work. Learn more about her work at suzannepugh.org.

     

    > Extended weekend workshop dates include check-in and check-out
    > Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Friday, 6:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet, and Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Friday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Monday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Monday, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Check-out
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 09 May 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 12 May 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 10

    This workshop is closed.  

     

    May 9–12

    Anatomy, As Applied to Figure Drawing
    Brian McDermott
    All Levels | $300
    Extended Weekend Workshop
     
    Rendering the human form presents infinite creative opportunities. In this extended weekend workshop, Brian will discuss various approaches and applications to creating successful figure drawings. He will introduce how you may incorporate "anatomy" in your efforts, and how this may be an asset to the art that you create. Drawings created in the workshop will be in the "nude" and some "clothed.” The session will be interspersed with demonstration and guided practice periods.

     


     

    Brian McDermott is a nationally recognized award winning pastel artist who has exhibited on a regional and national level. He has a MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He also holds active memberships to: the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Society of Artists, and has signature status to the Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League. Learn more about his work at briandmcdermott.com.

     

    > Extended weekend workshop dates include check-in and check-out
    > Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Friday, 6:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet, and Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Friday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Monday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Monday, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Check-out
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 09 May 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 12 May 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 8
    May 9–12
    Exploring Imagery and Iconography with Watercolors
    Jeffrey Moyer
    All Levels | $300
    Extended Weekend Workshop
     
    The emphasis of this workshop will be to sharpen students’ skills in applying watercolor in a deliberate and precise manner. This will include planning and layout, the layering of washes, and the use of masking. Watercolor is a subtle but not necessarily “lightweight” medium; the goal will be to assist students in developing techniques and gaining the skills and confidence whereby they may bring substance and “presence” to subjects normally rendered in other, more substantial, painting media.

     

     

    Jeffrey Moyer is an accomplished artist and landscape designer whose appreciation for the beauty and harmony of the natural world enables him to create vibrant works in a variety of media. He earned a BA from Dickinson College, after which he did service as a U.S. Naval officer. Jeffrey has worked as a professional artist since the early 1980s, primarily in watercolor for about 20 years and, more recently, in glass. He has exhibited work in many well respected venues, including Gallerie Chiz in Pittsburgh; Elan Gallery and Bird in the Hand, both in Sewickley, Pennsylvania; Gallerie at Racine in Wilmington, North Carolina; Pittsburgh Center for the Arts; the Stifel Fine Arts Center in Wheeling, West Virginia; A Fair in the Park in Pittsburgh; and various colleges and universities. He is a co-founder of the Annual Art Show at the Century Inn in Scenery Hill, Pennsylvania, which just celebrated its 25th year. Jeffrey has been a member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society; he is currently a member of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Society of Artists. Jeffrey was nominated for the prestigious Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Artist of the Year for 2014 and 2015. Learn more about his work at jeffreymoyer.com.

     

    > Extended weekend workshop dates include check-in and check-out
    > Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Friday, 6:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet, and Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Friday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Monday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Monday, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Check-out
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 14 May 2014
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Engine House 25, 3339 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
    • 96
    An Evening with
    Dwayne Dolphin & Friends

    Dwayne Dolphin is an internationally renowned bassist who is also a mainstay of Pittsburgh’s jazz universe. When he is not playing with the legendary Roger Humphries, he is likely to be touring with Fred Wesley in Europe and around the world. Dwayne has played with many band greats, from Wynton Marsalis to Stanley Turrentine. Touchstone is pleased that he is sharing his talents with us and our guests. He will be playing with two terrific musicians, Tom Wendt on drums and Brett Williams on keyboard. Join us for an extraordinary spring evening of inspired jazz at one of Pittsburgh’s most dynamic special event venues, Engine House 25.

    > 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: Attendee Check-In and Speed Auction Preview
    > 6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.: First Set by Dwayne Dolphin & Friends
    > 7:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Intermission Speed Auction
    > 8:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.: Second Set by Dwayne Dolphin & Friends
    > 9:00 p.m.: Event Concludes

    A regular ticket includes food, unique local wines from the Engine House 25 Winery, participation in the speed auction, and the performance by Dwayne Dolphin & Friends. The amazing music combined with delectable cuisine from Touchstone’s new chef and marvelous handworks from some of the region’s top makers means that all in attendance will enjoy a memorable evening.

    Musician Bios:
    Dwayne Dolphin is an internationally renowned bassist and composer based in Pittsburgh. Nurtured in the rich Pittsburgh jazz heritage, he was recruited by Wynton Marsalis before he started his first semester at Berklee College of Music. After playing with Wynton’s band, Dwayne met and worked with some of the greatest names in jazz, including Hank Jones, Abbey Lincoln, Kenny Burrell, Clark Terry, and Pharaoh Sander. He was in Stanley Turrentine’s band for many years, and worked for a long time with Geri Allen, jazz pianist and new head of the University of Pittsburgh jazz music program.

    For the past 23 years, Dwayne has been a member of the Fred Wesley Band. With the band, Dwayne travels to Europe and other places undefined when he disappears from Pittsburgh, that’s where he’s likely to be. He has been an integral member of RH Factor, led by the jazz legend Roger Humphries. He is a supporter of music education, and has taught numerous classes at both Carnegie Mellon University and Duquesne University. Click here to read an article written in 2006 about Dwayne by Peter Madsen.

    Thomas Wendt has been playing the drums professionally since the age of 14. A graduate of The Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA), he has studied with master drummers Roger Humphries, Joe Harris, and Kenny Washington. Tom maintains a busy schedule playing with Pittsburgh’s top jazz artists, including Dwayne Dolphin, Joe Negri, Sean Jones, David and Maureen Budway, Kenia, the Latin Jazz Group, Salsamba, and the newly re-formed Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra.

    Thomas has also played with many visiting international artists like David “Fathead” Newman, Donald Byrd, James Moody, Jimmy Heath, Clark Terry, Benny Golson, Monty Alexander, Curtis Lundy, Wycliffe Gordon, and Javon Jackson. In 2008, he played on the Emmy Award–winning soundtrack for the PBS documentary “Fly Boys,” and in 2010 he recorded an album featuring trombonists Jay Ashby and Steve Davis.

    He has recorded albums with Gene Ludwig, Sandy Staley, Salsamba, David and Maureen Budway, and Joe Negri. He appeared at the 2012 Litchfield Jazz Festival with jazz legend Hubert Laws, and in 2013 performed with pianist Alan Broadbent for the Nyack [N.Y.] Library Carnegie Concert Series. Since 1998, he has been on the faculty at the Afro-American Music Institute in Homewood, Pa. Click here to learn more about Thomas and his music.

    Brett Williams, a Music Performance major at Duquesne University, found his musical calling on the keyboards very early in life. He started taking lessons undefined and wrote his first song undefined at age four. He developed a strong background in gospel music and became a fixture on keyboard at Covenant Church in the East Hills, where his grandfather is the pastor. When he reached his early teens, Brett broke into Pittsburgh’s flourishing jazz scene, catching the eyes and ears of some of the best local jazz artists. He often plays with many of Pittsburgh’s leading jazz musicians, including Sean Jones, Roger Humphries, and Dwayne Dolphin, as well as many emerging jazz talents, such as Benny Benack III, George Heid III, Miles Jackson, and Anton Defade. Brett also plays with C.O.L. (Center of Life) and leads the Brett Williams Band. Click here to learn more about Brett and his music.

    • 16 May 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 18 May 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 7
    May 16-18
    Critique Group Retreat 
    Programming Fee $50
    Weekend Workshop

    For over 30 years this group has met for monthly critique sessions. This restorative and inspirational retreat is an opportunity to make new artwork in the beautiful woodland setting of Touchstone Center for Crafts.

    > Weekend workshop dates include check-in and check-out.
    > Friday, 4pm to 6pm: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Friday, 6pm: Meet & Greet and Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Friday, 7pm to 9pm: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9am to 5pm: Programming in Studios
    > Sunday, 9am to 4pm: Programming in Studios
    > Sunday, 4pm to 5pm: Check-out

    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11 p.m.
      

    • 16 May 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 18 May 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 6
    May 16–18
    Introduction to Silversmithing
    Robert Riffe
    Novice | $200
    Weekend Workshop
     
    This workshop will focus on basic silversmithing skills. The techniques of silver soldering, sawing, bezel setting, stamping and surface texture, polishing and finishing, materials, design concepts, and the proper use of tools and studio equipment will be applied as we work to create a unique silver pendant. You may work on other jewelry projects as time, creativity, and skills allow. More experienced metalworkers are welcome to come expand on existing skills, learn studio tricks, and create custom wearable art in Touchstone's metals and jewelry studio.

     

     

    Robert Riffe is a jewelry artist and metalsmith living in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia. He has enjoyed working in this medium for over 10 years, and has studied his craft extensively, working in unique apprenticeships, taking workshops from skilled teachers, and accumulating years of practical techniques. Much inspiration for his work and designs is found in nature, and in the stones he sets into his jewelry. He sells his work at local and national arts and craft shows and galleries, and teaches workshops at MountainMade Studios and Gallery in Thomas, West Virginia. Learn more about his work at mysticalcrystaljewelry.com.

     

    > Weekend workshop dates include check-in and check-out.

    > Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Friday, 6:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet, and Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Friday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Checkout
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 16 May 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 19 May 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 10
    May 16–19
    Rain Garden Design–Build
    Barton Kirk
    All Levels | $300
    Extended Weekend Workshop
     
    Rain gardens are a beautiful way to capture, use, and celebrate rain water that runs off of our rooftops, sidewalks, lawns, and driveways. Often, this storm water is channeled away causing erosion and flooding as well as picking up pollutants that harm our streams, rivers, bays, and estuaries. Rain gardens can be specifically designed for homes, schools, businesses, and public streets to reclaim natural hydrology, habitat, and beauty in our urban, suburban, and rural landscapes. In this workshop, we learn the essential design techniques for planning, building, and maintaining small-scale rain gardens. Ecological engineer, Barton Kirk, will guide us through the basic science and principles of rain gardens, site investigation, sizing and design considerations, plant and material selection, and inspiring case studies. In a do-it-yourself spirit, we become empowered with the tools to make a positive impact on our personal water footprint by designing and building a rain garden on the Touchstone Campus.


     
    Barton Kirk, PE is an ecological engineer working at the nexus of energy, water, climate, and community. With nature as a guide and systems thinking as a tool, he helps organizations and communities develop resilient and regenerative waste, water, and energy solutions. He currently leads Kirk Consulting, a Pittsburgh based resilient design strategies firm, and serves as a senior engineer/analyst for SEEDS, a Michigan based non-profit dedicated to ecology, education, and design. Barton holds a BS in agricultural and biological engineering from Pennsylvania State University and an MS in ecological economics, planning, and design from the University of Vermont. As a faculty member, he teaches hands-on and theoretical courses on ecological water and waste solutions at the Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Warren, Vermont and Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, New York.
     
    > Extended weekend workshop dates include check-in and check-out
    > Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Friday, 6:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet, and Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Friday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Monday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Monday, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Check-out
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 16 May 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 18 May 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 9
    May 16–18
    Assemblage Amplifiers
    Michael Bestwick
    All Level | $200
    Weekend Workshop
     
    Forgotten musical instruments can be re-purposed into contemporary devices that will awaken with the cooperation of a tablet or smartphone, amplifying the sound with unique clarity similar to early phonographs. During this workshop, students will have the opportunity to explore the art of found object assemblage. You will disassemble a musical instrument, and then reconfigure its parts, re-purposing it into a mechanical amplifier that is not only functional, but sculptural as well. You will use soldering techniques that are similar to the manufacturer's original method and/or use modern adhesives to solidify an assemblage into a mechanical amplifier sculpture with unique visual and audio qualities.


     
    The inspiration that drives the creation of Michael Bestwick’s functional and sculptural works is derived from the discards of today's society—now forgotten simply by the loss of their novelty or profitability to the current culture. For 15 years, Michael’s career path was one of commercial driver and mechanical fabricator. In 2010, he joined the Saxonburg Area Artists Cooperative, whose members have greatly influenced his calling as an artist. Michael entered the cooperative as a painter of pastels, but was quickly induced by fellow artists to incorporate his skills with welders, oxygen, and acetylene torches to produce sculpture and contemporary furniture. He was recently selected as an emerging artist at the Three Rivers Arts Festival, admitted into the Pittsburgh Society of Artists, and taught workshops at local high schools and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
     
    > Weekend workshop dates include check-in and check-out.
    > Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Friday, 6:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet, and Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Friday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Checkout
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 16 May 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 19 May 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 10

    May 16–19

    Raw to Ready: Creating Dynamic Fiber from Natural Materials

    Instructor: Eleanor “Nellie” Thomas

    All Levels | $300

    Extended Weekend Workshop

     

    This workshop will be a journey from raw to ready. You will create usable and beautifully customized fiber arts materials, such as yarn, from raw wool. Starting with a raw fleece, you will learn how to (1) determine the best quality fleeces for spinning, (2) wash and prepare it for dyeing, and (3) learn a variety of dyeing methods using fleece and other fibers. You will then prepare the various dyed fibers for spinning by combing, creating a batt, rolag, and/or roving. In order to realize these workshop goals, you will become familiar with beginning spinning techniques on the spinning wheel and/or drop spindle.

     


     

    Eleanor “Nellie” Thomas has been immersed in the fiber arts, as the owner of two successful fiber businesses, Spin-Culture and Woolywire Etc. She sells her fiber products on Etsy and various online retail stores, including LimaBeads.com, Fundamentals.net, and FusionBeads.com. Nellie fell in love with fiber and spinning once she realized the vast number of possibilities for making yarn and other creations. She utilizes a very painterly technique, starting with a base palette of colors and textures that she expands upon during the preparation of her fiber products.

     

    > Extended weekend workshop dates include check-in and check-out
    > Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Friday, 6:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet, and Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Friday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Monday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Monday, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Check-out
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 16 May 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 19 May 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 8
    May 16–19
    I Hate Plaster: Easy Plaster Mixing and Tile Mold Making
    Karen Howell
    Novice | $300
    Extended Weekend Workshop
     
    Have you been using the “sift and mound” method for mixing plaster with messy hand mixing and less than satisfying results? In this weekend workshop, a precise method of mixing plaster will be taught and used to create molds for producing clay tiles. You will learn several techniques for making beautiful and detailed tiles including the model and molding the model. Producing multiples will be demonstrated.

     


    Karen Howell has been creating functional pottery and one-of-a-kind pieces for more than forty years. She is a full-time studio artist with a background that includes teaching art in public schools and conducting private ceramic classes. A veteran exhibitor in the art festival world, she has sold work retail and wholesale to galleries across the country. Solo artist shows and invitational exhibits highlight Karen’s career; her art is included in museum and private collections. She currently designs and produces porcelain mosaics and tiles for framing and installations. Karen completed ceramic studies at Alfred University and Pennsylvania State University. A master’s in ceramics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania followed her bachelor’s in art education and a diploma in commercial art. Karen is a member of Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh, the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, and Ohio Designer Craftsmen.

     

    > Extended weekend workshop dates include check-in and check-out
    > Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Friday, 6:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet, and Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Friday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Monday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Monday, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Check-out
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 16 May 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 18 May 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 10
    May 16–18

    Glass Beads: Taking Shape and Working with Surface Techniques   

    Instructor: Diana Dugina Riebling 

    All Levels* | $200

    Weekend Workshop


    Build on your initial experiences of working with glass and creating glass beads. You will learn to maximize the characteristics of the molten glass, work with the forces of gravity, and manage simple tools to create large spherical, conical, and tubular shaped beads. Concentration is placed on understanding the stages of the glass in the flame and controlling where the bead is in the flame to regulate the formation of its shape. After a series of basic shapes have been created, you will explore working with fine powdered glass enamels, ground glass frit, and metallic leaf to create a variety of colors, textures, and surface details on the glass bead. *This weekend’s workshop is geared towards students with some experience with flameworking and/or bead making. 



    Diana Dugina Riebling has been creating glass beads and incorporating them into her eclectic jewelry designs since 1998. As a juried member of the Pittsburgh Craftsmen's Guild, Diana exhibits her work each year at A Fair in the Park. Diana’s art glass beads have appeared in Jim Kervin’s 2001 edition of More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Glass Beadmaking, and Lark Books’ 1000 Glass Beads. In 2006 her work was juried into the International Society of Glass Beadmakers’ (ISGB’s) Metamorphosis exhibit, which debuted at the Heinz History Center during the 2005 Glass Art Conference, and then went on to tour nationally. Being an active member of the ISGB, Diana has participated in its teaching seminars and has attended the majority of the annual conferences since 2001. From 2006 to 2012, she served on ISGB’s board of directors as the editor-in-chief of The Glass Bead, a Publication of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers, and as director of marketing. Diana has also taught introductory glass-bead making and one-day surface technique workshops at the Pittsburgh Glass Center. Diana's work is known for its creative use of surface techniques that alter the appearance of the medium. What fascinates her most about working with glass is its ability to change from being translucent, reflective, and polished to densely pigmented, rough, and earth worn: a dichotomy she feels reflects upon the many aspects of herself and her life.

    > Weekend workshop dates include check-in and check-out
    > Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Friday, 6:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet, and Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Friday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Checkout

    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 16 May 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 19 May 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 5
    May 16–19
    Building Stories in Stone: Contemporary Mosaic in a Geologic Medium (Intensive)
    Rachel Sager
    All Levels | $300
    Extended Weekend Workshop
     
    Are you ready for adventures in the creeks, hills, and valleys of Touchstone’s woodland campus? Join award winning and internationally exhibited mosaic artist, teacher, and speaker, Rachel Sager, in her journey into the magic of sourcing local southwestern Pennsylvania stone and transforming it into elegant tesserae, the building blocks of mosaic. This extended weekend intensive will cover building a sturdy substrate, mixing and applying high-quality thin-set mortar, cutting with hammer and hardie, the classic tool of the Italian mosaic maestros, and learning the nuances of andamento, the flow and pathways of mosaic. The field trip part of the workshop will include Rachel’s singular process of hunting and gathering for her material. This will be a challenging but also contemplative workshop, and students will learn valuable cutting skills along with mosaic philosophy. You will leave with a 12 by 12-inch mosaic, but more important, you will take home specific knowledge of an ancient medium translated into a contemporary format.

     


    Rachel Sager, a Fayette County native, works on the cutting edge of the contemporary mosaic fine art movement. Her work has been represented in cities throughout the United States and internationally, and has been awarded multiple Best of Show in juried exhibitions. Her Marcellus Shale Series stands as a true Pittsburgh success story and her work is collected with passion by private clients and corporations all over the world. Rachel’s time spent studying with Italian maestros has shaped her mosaic philosophy, and she brings these classical techniques home to her native Southwestern Pennsylvania with its sandstone, limestone, slate, and coal seams. Learn more about her work at rachelsagermosaics.com.


    > Extended weekend workshop dates include check-in and check-out
    > Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Friday, 6:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet, and Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Friday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Monday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Monday, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Check-out
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 23 May 2014
    • 3:00 PM
    • 24 May 2014
    • 2:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 30

    May 23-24

    Fiber Arts Guild of Pittsburgh Scouting Trip

    Programming Fee $20
    Weekend Tour
     
    Join us for a Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh Scouting Trip to Touchstone Center for Crafts for members and their guests! This is an overnight experience on Touchstone's woodland campus. We will tour the campus, explore the various studio spaces, and view the exhibition galleries. We plan on exploring potential opportunities for the Guild to collaborate with Touchstone. There will also be plenty of time to daydream, hike, and enjoy this unparalleled creative space. A fun interactive Guild activity will be facilitated for members and guests. There are various room and board options to choose from to fit all budgets. 
     
    > Workshop dates include check-in and check-out.
    > Friday, 3pm to 5pm: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Friday, 6pm: Dinner at the Dining Hall
    > Saturday, 8am Breakfast at the Dining Hall
    > Saturday, 9am to 9:30am: Campus Tour
    > Saturday, 9:30am to 12pm: Guild Programming
    > Saturday, 12pm to 1pm: Lunch at the Dining Hall
    > Saturday, 1pm to 2pm: Check-out at Blaney Lodge
    • 23 May 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 26 May 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 12
    May 23–26
    Chains of Steel
    Maia Leppo
    All Levels | $300
    Extended Weekend Workshop

    Explore the use of steel as an affordable, lightweight alternative material for a variety of chains. Learn, experiment with, and apply different soldering and riveting methods with 20 and 10 gauge steel wires. Personalize your chain(s) with handy, non-toxic finishing techniques and added accents of your choice.

     

     

    Maia Leppo graduated from Tufts University in 2008 with a degree in biology and community health. After two years in the world of kidney research in Boston, Massachusetts, she quit her job and moved to Gatlinburg, Tennessee to participate in the work study program at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Ten metals classes later, she was hooked and knew she wanted to be a metalsmith. Maia continued her education at Pocosin Arts in Columbia, North Carolina and opened a gallery there. Currently, she is a studio artist and metals instructor at Lillsteet Art Center in Chicago. Learn more about her work at maialeppo.com.

     

    > Extended weekend workshop dates include check-in and check-out
    > Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Friday, 6:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet, and Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Friday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Monday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Monday, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Check-out
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 23 May 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 25 May 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 11
    May 23–25
    Modern Pewtersmithing Techniques
    Brian Ferrell
    All Levels*  | $200
    Weekend Workshop
     
    Contemporary jewelry artists are always looking for dynamic alternatives to precious metals. Pewter is a material with interesting physical properties and creative possibilities, and modern pewter is lead free and food safe. In this introduction to pewtersmithing techniques, you will learn sheet fabrication, fusing, soldering, and finishing techniques as you create a pewter container. *Some basic metalsmithing experience is preferred.

     

     

    Brian Ferrell is a mixed-media craft artist from southwestern Pennsylvania who creates one-of-a-kind furniture and hollowware. He is a 2013 NIHCE Award winner for his pewter hollowware. His work has been published in American Craft magazine, 500 Tables, and Pewter Studio, and is in private collections in the United States and Europe. He earned a BFA in jewelry and metals from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and an MFA from the Program in Artisanry (metals) at University of Massachusetts–Dartmouth. Currently, Brian is Assistant Professor of Art at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Learn more about his work at brianferrelldesigns.com.
     
    > Weekend workshop dates include check-in and check-out.
    > Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Friday, 6:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet, and Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Friday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Checkout
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 23 May 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 26 May 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 12
    May 23–26
    Decorative Tools: An Introduction to Inlay and Engraving
    Seth Gould
    All Levels | $300
    Extended Weekend Workshop
     
    Make a simple tool ornamented with hammer and chisel inlay and engraving. You will learn basic forging, filing, and heat treating in order to make the tools you need to execute the project. Both the novice and the veteran smith will benefit from these ornamentation techniques. No prior skills are required, but some experience will be very helpful.


       

     

    Seth Gould is a metalsmith and toolmaker working in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2009, he received his BFA from the metalsmithing and jewelry design program at Maine College of Art. He recently finished a two-year fellowship at the Penland School of Crafts where he had the opportunity to enrich his studio practice while working with a diverse selection of smiths who taught in the metalsmithing and iron studios. Seth now works full time out of his shop developing a small production line of tools, fulfilling commissions, and making his own body of work. Learn more about his work at sethgould.com.

     

    > Extended weekend workshop dates include check-in and check-out
    > Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Friday, 6:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet, and Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Friday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Monday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Monday, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Check-out
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 23 May 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 26 May 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 6
    May 23–26
    Molded Flatware: Tools and Techniques for Plates, Platters, Tiles, and Bowls
    Joseph Delphia
    All Levels| $300
    Extended Weekend Workshop
     
    This workshop will focus on slab, hand-building, and mold-making techniques used to create plates, bowls, platters, tiles, and other flatware. You will learn the process and procedures used to create a variety of forms using a collection of existing molds. You will also design and create custom molds using clay, wood, and plaster, which may be used to make your own forms in the future.



    Joseph Delphia lives and works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he creates wood fired functional pottery. He makes work for everyday use and hopes his pots become objects that spend more time in a hand than on a shelf. Joseph is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where he studied art education, ceramics, and sculpture. He is a member of the Cooperative Clay Studio at the Union Project and is a faculty member in the art department at the Community College of Allegheny County, where he teaches studio art courses, including ceramics and sculpture. Learn more about his work at josephdelphia.com.
     
    > Extended weekend workshop dates include check-in and check-out
    > Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Friday, 6:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet, and Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Friday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Monday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Monday, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Check-out
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 23 May 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 26 May 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 5
    May 23–26
    Realistic Flower Mosaics
    Yulia Hanansen
    All Levels | $300
    Extended Weekend Workshop

    Learn how to translate images of flowers into realistic and powerful mosaic statements in this extended weekend workshop. To create flower mosaic, students may work in a traditional mosaic layout or master an exciting and visually effective "brush-stroke" technique that Yulia uses for her own flower portraits. Materials and techniques are discussed in depth with demonstrations given in groups and individually. Stained glass is used as a primary material for this project with instructions provided on how to cut, shape, and lay out the pieces. Students also explore color and composition in mosaic arts. The workshop concludes with instructions on grouting and a group discussion on the made pieces.



     

    Yulia Hanansen is an internationally known, award-winning mosaic artist with lifelong practice in fine arts. Her studio, Mosaic Sphere Studio, LLC, produces mosaic artwork for private and public spaces. Since 2001, Yulia has been instructing mosaic classes at her studio and as a guest artist at studios and schools throughout the United States, including Unicorn Art Studio, Maverick Mosaics, Ciel Gallery, Cape Cod Mosaics, Chicago Mosaic School, and Society of American Mosaic Artists conferences. Yulia’s artworks have been exhibited in multiple invitational and solo shows, and collected by patrons around the world. In addition to teaching the mosaic arts, Yulia is a printmaking and drawing professor at Towson University in Towson, Maryland. Learn more about her work at mosaicsphere.com.

     

    > Extended weekend workshop dates include check-in and check-out
    > Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Friday, 6:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet, and Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Friday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Monday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Monday, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Check-out
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 23 May 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 25 May 2014
    • 2:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 29
    May 23 - 24
    Yoga Hive Woodland Retreat



    Yoga Hive gets outside and crafty this Memorial Day weekend! Join Chase, Megan, and Kimberly for dynamic yoga classes, healthy cuisine, and good company on Touchstone's 150 acre woodland campus in the scenic Laurel Highlands. Touchstone is the "natural setting for your creative nature," and a gorgeous place to practice yoga and connect with other yoga practitioners. The retreat starts Friday night at 6pm with dinner and a restorative yoga class. Saturday is our big day with two yoga classes in Touchstone's timber framed Great Room followed by hiking, bonfires, and other forms of outdoor fun. Sunday we conclude the retreat promptly after lunch and a morning Yoga session. You'll leave Touchstone refreshed, energized, and ready to enjoy (or endure) those Memorial Day family picnics. Contact Kimberly at info@yogahivepgh.com for programming questions, and Touchstone for questions about the campus or lodging options. Programming fee for the weekend experience is $185 per attendee which includes delicious meals Friday evening through Sunday. Lodging fees vary depending on options selected.
     
    For more information about Yoga Hive please visit their website at www.yogahivepgh.com.

    > Weekend retreat dates include check-in and check-out.
    > Friday, 4pm to 6pm: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Friday, 6pm: Meet & Greet and Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Friday, 7pm to 9pm: Yoga Hive Programming 
    > Saturday, 9am to 5pm: Yoga Hive Programming 
    > Sunday, 9am to 12pm: Yoga Hive Programming 
    > Sunday, 1pm to 2pm: Check-out
    • 30 May 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 01 Jun 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 10
    May 30–June 1
    Imagery in Jewelry
    Sharon Massey and Cortland Dewitt 
    All Levels | $200
    Weekend Workshop
     
    Learn to fabricate jewelry with imagery, pattern, and/or text using a variety of techniques, including photo-etching, decorative piercing, and resin inlay. These techniques are easily personalized according to personal preference, so you can create pendants, rings, belt buckles, and so on with imagery that fits your own aesthetic. Designs can be hand-drawn or computer generated. Other jewelry fabrication topics will be covered, including soldering, riveting, forming, and metal finishing. The course will also include presentations of both historical and contemporary jewelry with a focus on imagery, pattern, narrative, and content.

     

    Sharon Massey

     

    Sharon Massey, who lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, maintains a studio and teaches jewelry classes at the Community College of Allegheny County, Waynesburg University, and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. She is the gallery director of the Martha Gault Art Gallery at Slippery Rock University and serves on the board of directors of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG). Recently, Sharon was one of only 2 Americans whose work was chosen to be exhibited at Schmuck 2014 in Munich, Germany. Her work has been published in seven books, including 500 Necklaces, The Art of Enameling, and Art Jewelry Today, second and third editions. Sharon’s work is included in the collection of the Racine Art Museum in Racine, Wisconsin and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England. She received her BFA from Winthrop University in 1999 and her MFA from East Carolina University in 2006. Learn more about her work at sharonmasseymetalsmith.com.
     
    Cortland Dewitt
     
    Cortland Dewitt's art directly responds to his surrounding environment and uses everyday experiences as a starting point. Often these are framed instances that would go unnoticed in their original context. By taking daily life as subject matter while commenting on the everyday aesthetic of middle class values, Dewitt considers making art a craft, which is executed using clear formulaic investigation and refers to social reality. His works are characterized by the use of everyday objects in an atmosphere of middleclass mentality in which recognition plays an important role. Cortland Dewitt currently lives and works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
     
    > Weekend workshop dates include check-in and check-out.
    > Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Friday, 6:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet, and Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Friday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Checkout
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 30 May 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 01 Jun 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 9
    May 30–June1
    Forging Non-Ferrous Metals
    Instructor: Randy McDaniel
    Intermediate - Advanced | $200
    Weekend Workshop
         

    Add some color and contrast to your forge work! In this fun and educational exploration into the techniques of moving non-ferrous metals, Randy will show students of all levels how to hot forge bronze, copper, aluminum, and titanium. You will also learn how these materials can be used with other materials or on their own to liven up your work. Forge brazing will also be taught.



     

    Randy McDaniel has been forging hot metal for over forty years and is known for his whimsical works and modern processes, which includes laser cutting and the hydraulic forging press. He is the author of the highly successful book A Blacksmithing Primer. He has been a demonstrator and lecturer for ABANA at two international blacksmithing conferences and has taught forging classes for blacksmithing groups and schools for over thirty-five years.

     

    > Weekend workshop dates include check-in and check-out.

    > Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Friday, 6:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet, and Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Friday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Checkout
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 30 May 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 01 Jun 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 8
    May 30–June 1
    Landscapes in Fabric 
    Instructor: Sandy Kephart
    All Levels | $200
    Weekend Workshop
     
    In this workshop, we'll explore the fascinating medium of fiber to render landscape imagery. How do the properties of fiber change the way an artist creates a painting? The challenge is to look at the fabric out of context. We'll start with a photograph or sketch, then use collage techniques with fusible web, textiles, yarns, and stitches to interpret a landscape suitable for framing. No sewing experience is necessary. Beginners and advanced students will glean much from this workshop. 


    Sandy Kephart is a full time studio artist living in Monroeville, Pennsylvania. Her work in fiber utilizes collage techniques with various fabrics, textiles, thread, yarns, free-motion machine work, and hand stitches to interpret her imagery. Primarily a self-taught artist, she pushes the traditional limits of fiber to render her work. Kephart travels the regional art festival circuit and has won numerous awards. She has taught sewing and fiber related courses for over 30 years and brings an enthusiastic, "break the rules" approach to her students. Kephart is on the board of the Craftsmen's Guild of Pittsburgh and has appeared on HGTV. Learn more about her work at fibermood.com.
     
    > Weekend workshop dates include check-in and check-out.
    > Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Friday, 6:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet, and Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Friday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Checkout
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 30 May 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 01 Jun 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 7
    May 30–June 1
    Printing on Clay: Using Paper Resists to Create Dynamic Surfaces
    Keith Hershberger
    Intermediate–Advanced | $200
    Weekend Workshop
     

    Using a combination of stencils and ceramic decals, Keith has found a way to apply both simple graphic images and layers of visual texture to his ceramic work. In this workshop, you will work mostly with a few different techniques to put images on your work, including several ways to use paper stencils and decals. You will also spend time making work that is easy to decorate with these techniques-wheel-thrown and handmade plates, bowls, and flattened and oval forms. These processes lend themselves to many different firings and clay bodies. You will work with red clay and underglazes for low-fire and a white stoneware body that can be used in cone 10 reduction or atmospheric firings like wood or soda. While it is not required, workshop participants should feel free to bring bisqueware with them to decorate.


     


    Keith Hershberger is a teaching artist in the ceramics studio at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, where he has worked for over 10 years. He is a member of the Union Project Ceramics Cooperative and fires most of his pots in their wood kiln. He also worked for 7 years as the primary production potter at Zotter the Potter, a pottery in Pittsburgh's South Side. Over the past several years he has been working on new ways to get images on his pots, using mostly paper stencils and occasional decals. One of these pieces was featured in last year's 500 Prints on Clay, published by Lark Crafts. He has a BA in fine art with a ceramics focus from Goshen College. Learn more about his work at keithhershberger.net.

     

    > Weekend workshop dates include check-in and check-out.

    > Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Friday, 6:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet, and Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Friday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Checkout
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 30 May 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 02 Jun 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 1
    This workshop is FULL!
    Please contact the office at 724-329-1370 or info@touchstonecrafts.org to be placed on the waiting list.
     
    Waiting lists are created for all filled workshops, and registrants will be placed on lists in order of their application date. No deposit is required to be placed on the waiting list. Should a space become available, waiting list students will be notified and must pay the $50 non-refundable processing fee plus full tuition balance to guarantee their space; otherwise, the next person waiting will be contacted.

    May 30–June 2
    Exterior Mosaics
    Bonnie Fitzgerald
    All Levels | $300
    Extended Weekend Workshop
     
    This workshop covers everything you need to know about creating professional permanent mosaics to withstand moisture and freeze-thaw cycles in exterior environments. Workshop lectures will include important information about selecting appropriate materials, substrates, and fixatives that will endure weather year round. We begin Friday evening with a picture presentation and lecture covering technical considerations and design principles. We will spend a portion of the workshop experimenting with both stained glass and ceramic tiles suitable for exterior use. You will make 2 small experimental/prototype pieces, one in glass and the other in ceramic. These exercises are a valuable experience in cutting and designing. We will then embark on our larger project on Saturday.

     



    Bonnie Fitzgerald is a working artist and the founder of Maverick Mosaics. Using traditional and contemporary mosaic techniques as a basis for study over the past 15 years, she has taught more than 20 different mosaic workshop topics to hundreds of students. She specializes in designing and providing unique learning experiences for all ages. Maverick Mosaics also designs and fabricates large-scale architectural mosaic installations. Bonnie is the author of 300+ Mosaic Tips, Techniques, Templates, and Trade Secrets (2012, published by Trafalgar Square Books). To view Bonnie’s portfolio, please visit bonniefitzgeraldart.com.
     
    > Extended weekend workshop dates include check-in and check-out
    > Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Friday, 6:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet, and Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Friday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Monday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Monday, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Check-out
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 01 Jun 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 07 Jun 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 12
    June 1–7
    Tiny Compositions in Polymer Clay
    Meisha Barbee
    Intermediate | $500
    Weeklong Workshop
     
    In this workshop, we will focus on color, surface design, and composition. You will explore many techniques in polymer clay, including millefiori, mica shift, and extrusion. By mixing clay to create your personal color palette, you can construct an array of patterned canes, which will be used to create your designs. Meisha says, "Good design doesn't need to be labored". She will share her simple techniques of combining various patterns and colors to create pleasing compositions. You are encouraged to embrace spontaneity and the creative process in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

     

     

    Meisha Barbee designs polymer clay jewelry featuring contemporary patterns complemented by rich color palettes. Meisha has worked in many mediums throughout her artistic career; including print making, ceramics, art glass, and paper making. In 2005, Meisha began working seriously in polymer clay. She was influenced by all the colored stripes and modern motifs found in textile design. Armed with this modern sensibility, she discovered that polymer clay was the perfect medium to showcase her passions for color and design. As winner of the Niche Award in 2008 and finalist in 2011, Meisha is a recognized artist in her field. Her work appears in several books and magazines. She also has work in the permanent collection of the Mingei International Museum of Craft in San Diego.

     

    > Weeklong workshop dates include check-in and check-out.

    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Sunday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet at the Dining Hall
    > Monday, 8:30 a.m.: Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon: Check-out
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 01 Jun 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 07 Jun 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 12
    June 1–7
    Mechanical Concepts: Enhancing Work with Creative Mechanisms
    Tom Muir
    All Levels* | $500
    Weeklong Workshop
     
    We will focus on hinges, catches, and mechanisms that are creatively integrated into your work. Through technical demonstrations, discussions, visual images, and an examination of various samples, we will place special emphasis on problem-solving and creative applications useful to a variety of formats and approaches. We will discuss engineering principles of mechanisms, and useful soldering and fabrication strategies, which can then be applied to numerous procedures in the jeweler’s and metalsmith’s studios. During the hands-on segment of the workshop, you will produce at least 2 hinges (standard and integral) and up to 3 mechanisms (may include universal joint, key catch, and/or bayonette catch with stainless steel spring). We will examine additional mechanisms, including (a) universal joint, cradle, and offset hinges, and (b) tube, box, tension, threaded, and offset catches; as well as stainless steel springs, swivel devices, and threading. Other mechanisms include: a swivel, gears, springs, and pin stems. *Basic sawing, filing, and soldering skills are necessary for this workshop.



    Tom Muir, Distinguished Research Professor, is head of the jewelry and metalsmithing department in the School of Art at Bowling Green State University. He received his MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington, and his BFA from Georgia State University in Atlanta. Tom has lectured and taught widely, holding positions at universities and craft schools around the country. His award-winning work has been published and exhibited extensively in art, craft, and design exhibitions, in which he has received 12 best of show or first place awards. Collections include the Art Institute of Chicago; Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution; and The White House Collection of American Crafts of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. He is the recipient of an Arts Midwest/National Endowment for the Arts Regional Artist Fellowship, Michigan Council for the Arts Fellowship, and numerous Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship Awards. In 2009, Tom received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Ohio Designer Craftsmen for having made a major contribution to craft in Ohio. Learn more about his work at tommuir.org
     
    > Weeklong workshop dates include check-in and check-out.
    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Sunday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet at the Dining Hall
    > Monday, 8:30 a.m.: Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon: Check-out
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 01 Jun 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 07 Jun 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 9
    June 1–7
    Inside/Outside: Approaching Still Lifes and Landscapes with Pastel
    Brian McDermott
    All Level | $500
    Weeklong Workshop
     
    There are different approaches to capturing the sweeping beauty of a landscape and the poetic stillness of a still life. In this weeklong workshop, you will be exposed to the beauty and versatility of using pastel as a painting medium in dealing with both inside and outside artistic opportunities. Brian will touch on composition, application, and trouble-shooting that artists may encounter with pastel. The workshop will take place in the Robert Little Painting and Drawing Studio, but will also utilize Touchstone’s beautiful woodland campus.

     

     

    Brian McDermott is a nationally recognized award winning pastel artist who has exhibited on a regional and national level. He has a MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He also holds active memberships to: the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Society of Artists, and has signature status to the Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League. Learn more about his work at briandmcdermott.com.

     

    > Weeklong workshop dates include check-in and check-out.

    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Sunday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet at the Dining Hall
    > Monday, 8:30 a.m.: Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon: Check-out
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 01 Jun 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 07 Jun 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 12
    June 1–7
    Reproducing an Icon: Forging and Finishing William Moran's ST-23 Knife
    Bob Rupert
    Intermediate* | $500
    Weeklong Workshop

    The ST-23 Combat Knife is one of the most well respected blade designs out there. It was created by a legend in bladesmithing, William (Bill) F. Moran. Bill is credited with helping to rediscovering the ancient art of forging Damascus steel and introducing it to the United States. The ST-23 Combat Knife was originally designed for use in the Viet Nam Conflict, but the blade has also become well known for its value as a well-rounded survival and utility blade. Lead by bladesmith, Bob Rupert, this workshop will focus on the creation of the ST-23. Students will cover blade forging to achieve that legendary blade profile. Aspects of finishing, differential heat treatment, and blade use will also be included.  

     

    Bob worked closely with Bill at the Rochester Institute of Technology in the 1980’s, and he will share notes and examples from that unique and formative experience with workshop students. Films of Bill’s shop in Maryland will be shown along with personal stories of that time. Besides lots of forge time and demonstrations, the workshop will also include discussions about Bill’s legacy and that of other historically significant blades and bladesmiths. *Basic blacksmithing skills are required for this workshop.

     

     

    Bob Rupert, who has been making knives since 1980, is the owner of Iron Hill Forge and has taught at Touchstone Center for Crafts since 2004. Bob first experienced metalworking with his father; those early years were filled with opportunity and time to explore. Five decades have passed, and the fascination of shaping glowing, hot steel has not changed. Now, with 40 plus years of metalworking experience, Bob seeks to share his passion in hopes that others might enjoy the simplicity of tradition, taking time to explore the texture and beauty of forged iron. Bob has led ABANA seminars at Kent State University and was twice featured as the centerfold subject in Knives. His work is prominently featured in Ironwork Today 2, a recent release from Schiffer Books.

     
    > Weeklong workshop dates include check-in and check-out.
    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Sunday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet at the Dining Hall
    > Monday, 8:30 a.m.: Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon: Check-out
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 01 Jun 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 07 Jun 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 10
    June 1–7
    Outside the Box: Wheel Throwing and Alternative Firings for Emerging Potters
    Sharif Bey
    All Levels | $500
    Weeklong Workshop

    This workshop will provide wheel-throwing instruction at various levels. In addition to firing functional wares in conventional gas kilns, participants will experiment with various alternative methods including sawdust (open pit), faux foil, low-temperature salt, and sagger-firings. Participants will further develop our unique surfaces by layering non-ceramic materials such as nail and shoe polishes, paste wax, permanent markers, and acrylic and spray paint, in addition to glazes, oxides, slips and, terra sigilattas.




    Sharif Bey is an assistant professor of art education at Syracuse University. He began his career in ceramics as a high school student at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild in Pittsburgh, and has since earned a BFA in ceramics from Slippery Rock University, an MFA from the University of North Carolina, and a PhD in art education from Penn State University. In addition to his active teaching career, Sharif continues to exhibit nationally and internationally. In 2010, he completed a commission of three large-scale wall sculptures for the United States Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan, and also represented the United States in Vendsyssel, Denmark’s SCANCEM international ceramics exhibition. In 2003–2004, Sharif was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct research in sculpture as an artist-in-residence at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia. He has additionally taken residence as an artist at the McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, North Carolina; Hunter College in New York City; and the Vermont Studio Center.

     
    > Weeklong workshop dates include check-in and check-out.
    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Sunday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet at the Dining Hall
    > Monday, 8:30 a.m.: Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon: Check-out
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 01 Jun 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 07 Jun 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 10
    June 1–7

    Interpreting Natural Forms in Stained Glass

    Instructor: Jeffrey Moyer           

    All Levels | $500

    Weeklong Workshop


    In this intensive five-day workshop, you will focus on natural, organic subjects (such as flowers, trees, leaves, insects, and birds) and explore ways to translate these forms through the medium of stained glass. Rather than the traditional leaded technique, fabrication of work will be by the copper foil and solder method, which allows for more subtlety and delicacy than lead. You will be guided through the steps, from preparing an artful design to finishing and framing, according to their own skill levels. You may choose a subject beforehand according to your preference, or you can find inspiration in the lush woodland landscape of the Touchstone grounds. It is anticipated that students will create a completely finished small-scale project during the workshop.



    Jeffrey Moyer is an accomplished artist and landscape designer whose appreciation of the beauty and harmony of the natural world enables him to create vibrant works in a variety of media. He earned a BA from Dickinson College, after which he served as a U.S. Naval officer. Jeffrey has worked as a professional artist since the early 1980s. For about 20 years he primarily worked in watercolor, but more recently, he has chosen to work in glass, both stained and kiln-formed. He has exhibited work and received critical commendation in many well respected venues including Gallerie Chiz in Pittsburgh; Elan Gallery and Bird in the Hand, both in Sewickley, Pennsylvania; Gallerie at Racine in Wilmington, North Carolina; Pittsburgh Center for the Arts; the Stifel Fine Arts Center in Wheeling, West Virginia; A Fair in the Park in Pittsburgh; and various colleges and universities. He is co-founder of the Annual Art Show at the Century Inn in Scenery Hill, Pennsylvania, which recently celebrated its 25th year. Jeffrey has been a member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society; he is currently a member and vice president of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh and a member of the Pittsburgh Society of Artists. Jeffrey was nominated for the prestigious Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Artist of the Year for 2014 and 2015. Learn more about his work at jeffreymoyer.com.

    > Weeklong workshop dates include check-in and check-out.
    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Sunday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet at the Dining Hall
    > Monday, 8:30 a.m.: Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon: Check-out

    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 08 Jun 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 14 Jun 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 10
    June 8-14
    Finding Fantasy
    Elli Groninger
    All Levels | $500
    Weeklong Workshop
     
    Welcome to a fun workshop that enriches and challenges perception!  Learn the art of finding another world in reality and shadows. These explorative exercises will expand your personal vision, taking you beyond the boundaries of the expected. Beginning with pencil washes and ink, you will move onto your preferred medium. Come play—and take home an extra dimension in seeing.
     
     
    A writer and illustrator of many books touted for “creating conversations through the generations and making them smile,” Elli Groninger’s classes are lively and creative. She specializes in finding one's individual language of seeing and applying that toward the course of study. Her foundation emanates from her study at both The Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts and Carnegie-Mellon University. A former toy designer, her career has spanned many mediums to express her vision. 
     
    > Weeklong workshop dates include check-in and check-out.
    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Sunday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet at the Dining Hall
    > Monday, 8:30 a.m.: Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon: Check-out
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 08 Jun 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 14 Jun 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 9
    June 8–14
    East Meets West: Chinese and Watercolor Painting
    Lian Zhen
    All Levels | $500
    Weeklong Workshop
     
    Learn the theories of Asian Art and how to use Chinese brushes, inks, and colors. You will use these experiences and techniques to paint two styles of Chinese paintings (excluding painting bamboo, chrysanthemum, orchid, and plum blossom). You will also learn basic watercolor painting techniques, such as composition and coloring; methods include "color pouring and blending" and "paint around". There are 4 to 7 short demos each day of the workshop with practice sessions in-between. During critiques, Lian will help you understand possible next steps and how to touch up your paintings. By the end of the workshop, you will finish several paintings or leave with the techniques needed to finish your paintings.


     

    Lian Quan Zhen is a popular watercolor and Chinese painting artist and teacher in the United States and abroad. He is the author of many books published by North Light Books. Lian, formerly a family physician in Canton Province, China, started sketching and painting in his childhood. After immigrating to the United States in 1985, he received a BA from University of California at Berkeley in 1992 and a master’s degree in architecture from MIT in 1996. He has exhibited in the United States, Hong Kong, and China and has an international following. His paintings are in many institutional and private collections, including the MIT Museum. Learn more about his work at lianspainting.com.

     

    > Weeklong workshop dates include check-in and check-out.

    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Sunday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet at the Dining Hall
    > Monday, 8:30 a.m.: Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon: Check-out
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 08 Jun 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 14 Jun 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 10
    June 8–14
    Light It Up: From Candle Stick Holders to Chandeliers
    Greg Price
    All Levels | $500
    Weeklong Workshop
     
    In this fun and informative workshop, you will make candle holders and lighting devices ranging in style from colonial to contemporary. Basic forging skills will be covered as well as more advanced techniques including mortise and tenon, riveting, and forge welding. Bring designs and ideas of items you wish to make or use those provided by Greg. Beginner students will build a good foundation, and more advanced students will expand their skill level.
     
     
    Greg Price, who is from Warrenton, Virginia, grew up with a hammer in his hand building houses alongside his father. After graduating college with a BS in landscape architecture, he worked five years in an architectural firm before he realized an office environment was not to his liking. In 1999, he journeyed to the John C. Campbell Folk School where he studied under some of the nation’s premier blacksmiths. Greg has been demonstrating and teaching the craft for the past thirteen years. His commissions range from a single accent piece to outfitting a whole residence in ironwork. His work has also been featured in Ironwork Today 2, published by Schiffer. Learn more about his work at gregpriceblacksmith.com.
     
    > Weeklong workshop dates include check-in and check-out.
    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Sunday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet at the Dining Hall
    > Monday, 8:30 a.m.: Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon: Check-out
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 08 Jun 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 14 Jun 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 8
    June 8–14
    Sculpting Hollow Forms: Application of Partial Felt Density
    Lisa Klakulak
    All Levels* | $500
    Weeklong Workshop

    In order to felt hollow forms, wool fleece is typically wrapped around either a pre-existing form, such as a ball or balloon, or a two-dimensional flat resist made from a variety of materials impenetrable by the fibers. In addition to the shape of the resist, understand how varying the density of wool in a given area and directional fulling can provide more control to sculpt desired forms and forms previously unimaginable. You will make partially felted sheets of fleece in varying thicknesses and states of structural integrity to apply as distinct shapes in their fleece layout, and then learn to control the forming through circumferential fulling. Proper fulling and the thickness of the vessel’s wall in relationship to its volume will determine the forms integrity. Hand-stitched structural ribbing, steam blocking, and shellac stiffening can then be applied to refine the forms posture and presence. Technical studies will be the focus, rather than finished projects. *Some wet felting experience with wool fiber preferred. 



    Lisa Klakulak received a BFA in fiber arts (1997) from Colorado State University with independent studies in natural dyes. She was an artist in residence at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, Tennessee from 2002 to 2005, where she explored the medium of felt in great depth. Currently, Lisa creates wearable textiles, accessories, and sculpture in her Asheville, North Carolina studio and instructs workshops both nationally and internationally. Her work is shown at national fiber and fine craft exhibitions. Lisa’s work has appeared in Fiberarts magazine; Surface Design Journal; Shuttle, Spindle, and Dyepot; American Craft, and numerous Lark Book Publications. Learn more about her work at strongfelt.com.

    > Weeklong workshop dates include check-in and check-out.
    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Sunday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet at the Dining Hall
    > Monday, 8:30 a.m.: Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon: Check-out

    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 08 Jun 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 14 Jun 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 6
    June 8–14
    The Functional Pot: Tips, Tools, and Techniques
    Bill van Gilder
    Intermediate–Advanced | $500
    Weeklong Workshop

    During this information-loaded workshop, some 50 plus making techniques will be demonstrated in answer to many “how-to” questions. You will explore and develop personal techniques to fit your own future work. Short cuts, tips, and tool-use at the wheel will be shared through many demonstrations. Hand-building functional forms will be the focus during part of the demonstrations, defining projects and techniques for hand-builders. Also, a discussion about glazes will take place. My cone 6 oxidation, cone 8 to 9 to10 gas, and salt/soda wood-firing slips and glaze recipe sheets will be provided to each participant. A 1 to 2 hour slide lecture will be given during the evening hours prior to the beginning of the workshop. A selection of Bill’s hand-tools (van Gilder Clay Tools), a sampling of his current work, and copies of his DVD’s are available for you to purchase.




    A professional potter for more than 45 years, Bill van Gilder began his clay work at age 15, as a studio apprentice to the late Byron Temple. During the following years, he apprenticed in Ireland and England and received a degree from Harrow School of Art, London. He then established and managed two large training pottery centers in Southern Africa (Lesotho and Swaziland) under the auspices of The World Bank. Bill returned to the United States in 1979 and established a studio and craft gallery atop South Mountain in central Maryland, which he continues to operate today. Learn more about his work at vangilderpottery.com.


    > Weeklong workshop dates include check-in and check-out.
    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Sunday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet at the Dining Hall
    > Monday, 8:30 a.m.: Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon: Check-out

    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 08 Jun 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 14 Jun 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 12
    June 8–14
    Daylight and Darkroom: Photographic Techniques for the Jeweler 
    Andrew Kuebeck
    All Levels* | $500
    Weeklong Workshop
     
    Join Andrew Kuebeck as he offers a survey into traditional and experimental photographic techniques and their application in jewelry and metalsmithing. Equally divided between contemporary techniques, which are largely digital in nature, and light-sensitive historical processes; Kuebeck will guide and help you troubleshoot as you explore numerous exciting processes, including etching, photo-embossed leather, cyanotypes, enamel decals, and more. He will also show you how these techniques can be used without specialized equipment or facilities, and the many ways they can be adapted for any studio practice. *Basic jewelry skills a plus.
     
     
    Andrew Kuebeck is an instructor of jewelry design and metalsmithing at Bowling Green State University. He received a BFA from Bowling Green State University in 2008 and an MFA in jewelry design and metalsmithing from Indiana University in 2011. Kuebeck works in a variety of formats ranging from functional jewelry to sculptural objects and vessels. He has lectured and taught workshops nationally on the incorporation of photographic images into jewelry pieces and vessels. Andrew exhibits widely and has had his work appear in numerous publications including 500 Enameled Objects; Wrap, Stitch, Fold, and Rivet; as well as Metalsmith and Niche magazines. He is represented by Charon Kransen Arts, New York. Learn more about his work at andrewkuebeck.com.
     
    > Weeklong workshop dates include check-in and check-out.
    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Sunday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet at the Dining Hall
    > Monday, 8:30 a.m.: Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon: Check-out
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 08 Jun 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 14 Jun 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 11
    June 8–14
    New Resin Techniques
    Jillian Moore
    All Levels | $500
    Weeklong Workshop
     
    Learn how to apply resin to three-dimensional objects and create complex surfaces. Resin can be layered over nearly any medium or material to provide a durable, interesting, and expressive surface. This means that more fragile materials can be made stronger and more durable while remaining lightweight. The process is not unlike the construction of a pearl in an oyster; however, the clarity of the resin means we can start with something much more interesting than a grain of sand. You will learn about applications relating to collage materials, found objects, and paint and stains to add luster and depth. Resin can also be worked further through manipulation in the form of carving, sanding, and texturing to continue working toward a unique finish. In this way, it can mimic lacquerware and complex glass techniques, but with much more immediacy.  

     

     

    Jillian Moore received her MFA from the jewelry and metal arts program at University of Iowa, and was recently a featured artist at Snyderman-Works Galleries. She was also a finalist for a 2010 LEAP Award at the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh. Jillian chooses materials and techniques that are transformative, resulting in objects that do not readily reveal the processes of their making. Copper may be hidden under layers of paint, the only exposed metal oxidized. The electroforming process allows for wax forms to be coated in copper, leaving a hollow shell with textural encrustations—evidence of the accretive nature of the process of building copper on a molecular level. She designs resin pieces that are light in weight, and built on a core of carved foam that is strengthened by successive layers of an opaque, water-based composite resin. The clear epoxy resin is then layered with paint to create a depth of surface typically expected of glass work. For more information go to www.jillianmoore.net.

     

    > Weeklong workshop dates include check-in and check-out.

    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Sunday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet at the Dining Hall
    > Monday, 8:30 a.m.: Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon: Check-out
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 08 Jun 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 11 Jun 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 7
    June 8–11
    Building a Wood Fired Brick Oven
    Ray Werner and Rich Jones
    All Levels | $300
    Three-Day Workshop
     
    Learn how to build from scratch an Alan Scott designed, wood-fired brick oven for bread, pizza, and other foods. The hearth will be large enough to hold three sheet pans or up to 20 two-pound loaves of bread. You will gain hands-on experience by mixing the cement, laying the bricks, creating the hearth, and building the arches. By the end of this workshop, you will leave with a full understanding of what it takes (the costs, the material, and the time) and 200 plus pictures of the step by step process. You will be ready to build a brick oven on your own or with your community, so that you may enjoy the thrill of a new kind of baking for a lifetime. The first community brick oven is in Braddock, Pennsylvania. With your help, the next one will be at Touchstone.
     
    Richard Jones, an avid fly fisherman, taught fly tying and fly rod construction to children for years. Then, he built his own Alan Scott style oven in 2003 and found another passion—baking in a brick oven. Now he keeps the fire going by helping others construct their own brick ovens; he recently helped Blackberry Meadows Farm construct one. Rich started Bricks and Bread, the Pittsburgh Community Brick Oven project, with his cousin Ray Werner. Their mission is to build community ovens around the city of Pittsburgh. The hope is to bring folks out of their homes to share bread, pizza, and stories as a way to rekindle the fires of friendship.
     
    Ray Werner’s business card reads: “Writer, Baker, Music Maker.” For decades, he has made his living as an advertising writer and producer, and is a member of the Advertising Federation Hall of Fame. He is also a playwright, with six short plays produced in the past three years by the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater. But baking has been his passion for many years. He has a wood-fired oven in the Alleghenies and has taught “Baking in a Wood-Fired Oven” at the Bread Bakers Guild of America’s “Camp Bread” in San Francisco. Ray, along with his baking partner Rich Jones, is hoping to make Pittsburgh the first city in America with “a community of community brick ovens.” Their first community brick oven, which is a great success, is in Braddock, Pennsylvania.
     
    > Extended weekend workshop dates include check-in and check-out
    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Sunday, 6:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet, and Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Monday through Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Wednesday, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Check-out
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 15 Jun 2014
    • 9:00 AM
    • 21 Jun 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 14
    June 15–21
    DIY Upcycling: New Creations from Yesterday's Remnants
    Bridget Mayak
    Ages 6–12 | $250
    Youth Weeklong Workshop
     
    Who would have thought that what we throw away could have a new life as interesting and beautiful art? Whether through making a sculptural basket from reclaimed newspaper, or a two-foot-tall chicken from cut-up plastic bottles, kids (and adults) will explore how they can make a positive environmental impact through the creative process. Take those everyday castaways and convert them to interesting new art objects!

     

    Bridget Mayak has been the primary coordinator of youth programs at Touchstone Center for Crafts for many years. Beyond her accomplishments as an experienced arts educator in the regional public education system, she is a talented ceramics artist who continues to develop her skill set and body of work. Bridget was Touchstone’s 2010 Artist of the Year, an honor that recognized her accomplishments as an artist and her service to the organization’s arts education outreach.
     
    Youth weeklong workshop dates do NOT include check-in and check-out. Children who are lodging with a parent/guardian will have the same check-in/check-out schedule as the adult with whom they are lodging.
     
    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Sunday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet at the Dining Hall
    > Monday, 8:30 a.m.: Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon: Check-out
     
    Note: Children enrolled in youth workshops who are unable to check in Sunday evening may do so Monday morning at orientation.
    • 15 Jun 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 21 Jun 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 10
    June 15–21
    Solar and Monotype Printmaking: A Microscopic perspective
    Roger Hyndman
    All Levels | $500
    Weeklong Workshop
     
    Touchstone’s campus is home to numerous tiny insects and plants. Explore this microscopic world around us by utilizing solar and monotype printmaking processes. For monoprinting, you will learn to create painted images on a metallic, glass, or plastic plate. A damp sheet of paper is applied to a painted plate, and the two layers are squeezed through the press by hand. As a result, the entire image is transposed onto the paper with the raised surfaces of the plate embossing the paper to create an interesting light and shadow effect. The magic occurs when the paper is lifted off of the plate to reveal a one-of-a-kind image.

     

    Solar printmaking (intaglio) is a highly versatile and expressive medium. This dynamic process enables the artist to transform drawings, paintings, collages, vintage images, contemporary photographs, JPEGs, and copier art into high-quality etchings. You will learn to create an image plate using UV light from the sun with no acids or solvents commonly associated with plate etching. By repeating the inking and printing process, you will learn to build up the shapes, images, and colors to create a variety of compositions. Experimentation with techniques, compositions, and colors is encouraged to produce exciting effects.

     

     

    Roger Hyndman has conducted numerous printmaking workshops for artists, arts councils, arts organizations, professional organizations, and school districts. He has engaged in artist residencies at arts organizations, colleges, and regional schools. Roger’s partnership and teaching experience includes the View (a multi-arts center in Old Forge, New York), Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, Yates County Arts Center, Mid-Hudson Teacher Center and State University of New York at New Paltz, Sagamore Great Camp, the Saratoga Arts Council, Fletcher Farm School, and Touchstone Center for Crafts. Over the past decade, Roger has organized and coordinated eight trips to Italy to explore the art, history, and culture of the Medieval and Renaissance periods. Learn more about his work at solarprintmaking.com.

     

    > Weeklong workshop dates include check-in and check-out.

    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Sunday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet at the Dining Hall
    > Monday, 8:30 a.m.: Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon: Check-out
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 15 Jun 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 21 Jun 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 12
    June 15–21
    The Iron Bridge: Design, Creation, and Use of Specialized Metalsmithing Tools
    Glen Gardner
    Intermediate–Advanced| $500
    Weeklong Workshop

    Once upon a time, the ability to make tools was a basic requirement for every artisan. While the Industrial Revolution of the late 19th century lessened this burden, it also marked the steady decline of this once valuable skill set. For the artist/metalsmith, tool making can become a pathway of discovery and enlightenment. Rediscover the virtues of making your own personalized tool sets! Steel can be a harsh taskmaster, but by working in the forge, we will learn how to tame this beast to our wills. Demos will include the making of a variety of tools involved with the forming, raising, and chasing of sheet materials. You should expect to complete at least one small hammer and several chasing and repoussé tools.  

     

     

    Glen Gardner began working with metal in the late sixties. From 1972 to 1976, he was resident blacksmith at Peters Valley Craftsmen in Layton, New Jersey. In 1977, Glen built a forge and studio in the mountains of North Carolina, located near the Penland School of Crafts. He moved to Pittsburgh in 1992 and since that time, has maintained a metals studio there. Glen is a sculptor/metalsmith, and the work he produces ranges from purely sculptural to functional. Public works of sculpture, contemporary weathervanes, jewelry, and interior design work are represented in his vast body of work. He works in all metals, including bronze, silver, gold, and iron. Preferring to use hammers, chisel, files, and anvils, he does almost no foundry work. Since beginning his career at Peters Valley Craftsmen, he has taught workshops in a variety of settings, including Penland School of Crafts, John C. Campbell Folk School, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and the Society of Contemporary Craft, as well as workshops at several universities across the country.
     
    > Weeklong workshop dates include check-in and check-out.
    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Sunday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet at the Dining Hall
    > Monday, 8:30 a.m.: Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon: Check-out
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 15 Jun 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 21 Jun 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 9
    June 15–21
    The Perfect Sandals: Design and Make Custom Summer Footwear
    Instructor: Olivier Rabbath
    All Levels | $500
    Weeklong Workshop

    Start the summer off right with a custom pair of handmade sandals designed to fit your feet—and creative personality—perfectly! This weeklong workshop will enable you to make your own pair of sandals using a variety of traditional shoe making techniques. While the workshop will cover many of the timeless processes used for making handmade shoes, there will be plenty of room for personalization, and therefore you will leave with a one-of-kind pair of sandals. The workshop will incorporate the making of custom foot molds for the perfect fit and the selection and fabrication of dynamic materials. 



    Olivier Rabbath is a professor at Parsons in New York City and an artisan recognized for his fashion sense and shoemaking skills by the Smithsonian. He now runs his own footwear design studio in Cobble Hill, which produces over 30,000 pairs of custom boots, sandals, and slippers. Today, his pleasure is to perpetuate this beautiful lost skill, giving birth to hundreds of new shoe makers every year. Learn more about his work at olivierrabbath.com.

    > Weeklong workshop dates include check-in and check-out.
    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Sunday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet at the Dining Hall
    > Monday, 8:30 a.m.: Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon: Check-out

    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 15 Jun 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 21 Jun 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 10
    June 1521
    Flameworking Adventure!
    Instructor: Leslie Kaplan
    All Levels | $500
    Weeklong Workshop


    Beginners will learn to use the torch to make and decorate beautiful glass beads from rods of colored and transparent glass. More advanced students can draw on Leslie’s experience and talents through a series of projects working with various materials such as enamels, frits, metals, and silver glass. We will also cover techniques including encasing, dichroic usage, and silver glass; building shapes such as discs and hollow beads; and the uses of tools like presses and different kinds of mandrels. You will be able to experiment with color, pattern, and stringer control. Try your hand at off-mandrel sculpture in borosilicate or soft glass. The goal will be to have fun at the torch while improving your beadmaking skills and helping you find your voice as an artist. Leslie will work with students on necklace design and their own projects as well.



    Leslie Kaplan took her first glass beadmaking class at Touchstone in 2001. The moment she melted her first glass rod she was hooked and never looked back. An accomplished flameworker, Leslie is known for her contemporary glass-disc jewelry, which she sells at fine art and craft fairs throughout the eastern United States. Equally adept at soft and borosilicate glass, Leslie has many skills and techniques she learned from many fine glass artists to share. Her motto is, “There is always something new to learn and a new tool to try!” Leslie is a resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a member of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh, the Three Rivers Glass Beadmakers, and the International Society of Glass Beadmakers. Her work has been featured in several books and Bead and Button magazine; and in juried exhibitions in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Rochester and Corning, New York. It has also been exhibited at the Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts; the Kobe Lampwork Art Museum in Japan; the Pittsburgh Glass Center; Houston Center for Contemporary Art in Texas; and galleries in Kansas City, Kansas, Coconut Grove, Florida, Columbus, Ohio, Seattle, Washington, and San Diego, California. Learn more about her work at rushcreekglass.com.


    > Weeklong workshop dates include check-in and check-out.
    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Sunday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet at the Dining Hall
    > Monday, 8:30 a.m.: Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon: Check-out

    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 15 Jun 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 21 Jun 2015
    • 12:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 8
    June 15–21
    Synthesizing Enameling and Art Clay Silver
    Pam East
    All Levels | $500
    Weeklong Workshop
     
    Learn enameling on art clay silver with Pam East! Art Clay Silver is a clay-like medium that fires up to pure fine silver. We will start with making jewelry pieces. Topics will include proper clay handling techniques, designing with enamels in mind, and firing and finishing. We will then enamel the pieces. Topics will include metal and enamel preparation, dealing with color reaction on silver, applying wet enamels, enamel firing, graduated shading techniques, and finishing techniques. No prior experience with metal clay or enamels is required. All levels welcome! Note: Materials fee for this workshop will run between $225 and $250 per student, and will include 50 grams of Art Clay Silver, silver paste, silver syringe, and a few other accessories.

     


     

    Art Clay™ Master Instructor Pam East is an internationally known artist, writer, and teacher. She has appeared on the highly acclaimed Carol Duvall Show and other jewelry making programs. Her work and instructional articles have appeared in Art Jewelry magazine, Metal Clay Artist magazine, Glass on Metal, Lapidary Journal, and many others. Her book, Enameling on Metal Clay, is considered the definitive resource for enameling on silver clay. Pam has been an invited speaker, giving workshops and lectures at the Enamellist Society Biennial Conference, the Metal Clay World Conference, and the Pan-European Metal Clay Festival. Learn more about her work at pameast.net.
     
    > Weeklong workshop dates include check-in and check-out.
    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Sunday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet at the Dining Hall
    > Monday, 8:30 a.m.: Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon: Check-out
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 15 Jun 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 21 Jun 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 10
    June 15-21
    Letterpress–Poetry Workshop | WCCC Workshop*
    Kathleen Mendus Dlugos and Marie Pavlicek-Wehrli
    All Levels | $500
    Weeklong Workshop
     
    Combine explorations into writing poems with an introduction to the letterpress. Daily poetry exercises, readings, and discussions will open up new ways to engage the imagination. We will use these ideas, as well as our surroundings to jump-start our poems. You will use your own work as source material as you learn the craft of hand-setting type and printing short excerpts on the proof press. You will also compose, set, and print a traditional letterpress—printed broadside, incorporating imagery from a variety of techniques, including nature, relief, and monoprinting. *This workshop will count towards WCCC credits for ART142 Typography.

     

     


     

    Kathleen Mendus Dlugos is an associate professor of art and AFA program director at Westmoreland County Community College. She received her MFA from Pennsylvania State University (painting, art criticism) and her BFA from Seton Hill University (studio art). Her regional exhibitions include a one-person show, “The Shape of Days,” at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, and a two-person show, “Degrees of Interference,” with artist Carol Brode at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. She is a member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh. Learn more about her work at kmdlugos.com.

     

    Marie Pavlicek-Wehrli, painter, printmaker, and poet, earned her BA in studio art at Seton Hill University and her MFA in poetry at Warren Wilson College. She has been a Fellow at both the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Ragdale Foundation, as well as resident artist at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. She is a recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist's Grant in Poetry. Learn more about her work at mariepavlicek.com.

     

    In order to enroll in this workshop, students should register with Westmoreland County Community College (WCCC) by following one of the steps below:

     

    ·  Register in Person for a WCCC Workshop at Touchstone Center for Crafts

    Youngwood campus, Founders Hall, Room 130

    From 8:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m., Monday–Thursday; 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Friday

     

    ·  Register by Phone for a WCCC Workshop at Touchstone Center for Crafts

    Call 724-925-4077 or 800-262-2103

    From 8:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m., Monday–Thursday; 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Friday

    Call 724-925-4048 for any other questions

     

    ·  Students new to WCCC may find information at https://wccc.edu/pages/future-students/admissions/

     

    Lodging and meals may be purchased through Touchstone by clicking on the button to the left or by calling 724-329-1370.

     

    > Weeklong workshop dates include check-in and check-out.

    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Sunday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet at the Dining Hall
    > Monday, 8:30 a.m.: Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon: Check-out
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 15 Jun 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 21 Jun 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 10
    June 15–21
    The Zen of Wheel Thrown Pottery | WCCC Workshop*
    Joe Sendek
    All Levels | $500
    Weeklong Workshop
     
    Immerse your mind, heart, and spirit into the ancient and expressive world of clay! This week will allow each student a chance to focus, explore, and expand his or her artistic and creative self. This workshop is especially helpful to those who have basic throwing skills, and is designed to encourage the development of new skills and techniques, the goal being that you will be able to fire work in electric, gas, and raku kilns. Bring your tools, ideas, and creative energies for a weeklong workshop that will lift you to the next level of working with clay.

     

    Joe Sendek walks the edge where art meets education. Trained in materials engineering at Purdue, he also holds a BA from California State and an MFA from Arizona State. Joe currently works as an artist educator for a wide range of audiences ranging from kindergarten students to senior citizens. He has done artist-in-residency work, and has taught ceramics to students at all levels and for many arts and cultural organizations. He is a registered artist with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and his ceramic work is exhibited nationally.

     

    *In order to enroll in this workshop, students should register with Westmoreland County Community College (WCCC) by following one of the steps below:

     

    ·       Register in Person for a WCCC Workshop at Touchstone Center for Crafts

    Youngwood campus, Founders Hall, Room 130

    From 8:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m., Monday–Thursday; 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Friday

    ·       Register by Phone for a WCCC Workshop at Touchstone Center for Crafts

    Call 724-925-4077 or 800-262-2103

    From 8:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m., Monday–Thursday; 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Friday

    Call 724-925-4048 for any other questions

    ·       Students new to WCCC may find information at https://wccc.edu/pages/future-students/admissions/

     

    Lod Lodging and meals may be purchased through Touchstone by clicking on the button to the left or by calling 724-329-1370.

     

    > W> Weeklong workshop dates include check-in and check-out.

    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Sunday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet at the Dining Hall
    > Monday, 8:30 a.m.: Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon: Check-out
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 22 Jun 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 28 Jun 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 12
    June 22–28
    Ferrous Formations: Steel as a Material for Personal Adornment
    Sharon Massey
    Novice–Intermediate | $500
    Weeklong Workshop
     
    Rusted, blackened, forged, or polished—steel has so many interesting, aesthetically pleasing, and yet underutilized qualities. You will learn small-scale fabrication techniques to create jewelry using mild steel sheet and wire. With properties different from traditional non-ferrous metals used in jewelry, steel offers an affordable alternative for experimentation. Piercing, forming, soldering, pickling, and finishing techniques will be demonstrated, with an emphasis on finding personal direction and designs.

     

     

    Sharon Massey, who lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, maintains a studio and teaches jewelry classes at the Community College of Allegheny County, Waynesburg University, and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. She is the gallery director of the Martha Gault Art Gallery at Slippery Rock University and serves on the board of directors of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG). Recently, Sharon was one of only 2 Americans whose work was chosen to be exhibited at Schmuck 2014 in Munich, Germany. Her work has been published in seven books, including 500 Necklaces, The Art of Enameling, and Art Jewelry Today, second and third editions. Sharon’s work is included in the collection of the Racine Art Museum in Racine, Wisconsin and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England. She received her BFA from Winthrop University in 1999 and her MFA from East Carolina University in 2006. Learn more about her work at sharonmasseymetalsmith.com.

     

    > Weeklong workshop dates include check-in and check-out.

    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Sunday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet at the Dining Hall
    > Monday, 8:30 a.m.: Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon: Check-out
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 22 Jun 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 28 Jun 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 10
    June 22–28
    Solar and Monotype Printmaking: A Macroscopic Perspective
    Roger Hyndman
    All Levels | $500
    Weeklong Workshop
     
    Sepia toned photographs of dilapidated old barns with tons of rustic charm and sweeping vistas—explore and capture the vast beauty of the Laurel Highlands and Touchstone’s woodland campus into singular printed images by utilizing solar and monotype printmaking processes. For monoprinting, you will learn to create painted images on a metallic, glass, or plastic plate. A damp sheet of paper is applied to a painted plate, and the two layers are squeezed through the press by hand. As a result, the entire image is transposed onto the paper with the raised surfaces of the plate embossing the paper to create an interesting light and shadow effect. The magic occurs when the paper is lifted off of the plate to reveal a one-of-a-kind image.

    Solar printmaking (intaglio) is a highly versatile and expressive medium. This dynamic process enables the artist to transform drawings, paintings, collages, vintage images, contemporary photographs, JPEGs, and copier art into high-quality etchings. You will learn to create an image plate using UV light from the sun with no acids or solvents commonly associated with plate etching. By repeating the inking and printing process, you will learn to build up the shapes, images, and colors to create a variety of compositions. Experimentation with techniques, compositions, and colors is encouraged to produce exciting effects.

     

     

    Roger Hyndman has conducted numerous printmaking workshops for artists, arts councils, arts organizations, professional organizations, and school districts. He has engaged in artist residencies at arts organizations, colleges, and regional schools. Roger’s partnership and teaching experience includes the View (a multi-arts center in Old Forge, New York), Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, Yates County Arts Center, Mid-Hudson Teacher Center and State University of New York at New Paltz, Sagamore Great Camp, the Saratoga Arts Council, Fletcher Farm School, and Touchstone Center for Crafts. Over the past decade, Roger has organized and coordinated eight trips to Italy to explore the art, history, and culture of the Medieval and Renaissance periods. Learn more about his work at solarprintmaking.com.

     

    > Weeklong workshop dates include check-in and check-out.

    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Sunday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet at the Dining Hall
    > Monday, 8:30 a.m.: Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon: Check-out
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 22 Jun 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 28 Jun 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 10
    June 22–28
    Exploring Oils, Pastels, and Charcoal
    Bill Pfahl
    All Levels | $500
    Weeklong Workshop
     
    This workshop will enable you to utilize the visual qualities of oils, pastels, and charcoal competently and confidently. Several exercises, including contour/value studies of the hand, sighting a corner of the room, blind contouring, and gesture drawings, will be explored using these three mediums. In addition, sketches will be started in the field, then resolved in the studio. Our creative experience will be enhanced by using the beautiful Touchstone campus, the painting studio, and field trips to nearby Ohiopyle State Park, Shepherd’s Farm, Christian Klay Winery, and other sites. At night and during any inclement weather, we will be in the studio creating still lifes and working on sketches from the field.  

     

     

    Bill Pfahl earned a BFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design EHP School in Rome. His paintings have been juried into seven Associated Artists of Pittsburgh (AAP) annuals. Bill won the AAP Friends of Art of the Pittsburgh Public Schools purchase award in 1993, and best of show awards for cityscape paintings at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh’s annual teacher appreciation show. Pastel cityscapes and oils have been represented and sold to local corporate and private clients through Concept and James galleries in Pittsburgh. Bill’s work has been exhibited in group shows, including “Location, Location, Location” at James Gallery and at Cohen and Grigsby’s show of plein air painters from the AAP. Bill’s oil landscapes and portraits were also exhibited in a two-person show, “Portraits of Pittsburgh,” with Bill Vrscak at PANZAgallery in Millvale, Pennsylvania. Currently, Bill is an art teacher at Pittsburgh Brashear High School. In addition to teaching classes at Touchstone Center for Crafts, Bill has been artist-in-residence at Ross Mountain Club. He has given demonstrations to and juried three regional art group annuals, and has run a weekly portrait group at PANZAgallery. His work was featured in Bluecanvas magazine, number 5. Learn more about his work at www.bluecanvas.com/wpfahl.

     

    > Weeklong workshop dates include check-in and check-out.

    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Sunday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet at the Dining Hall
    > Monday, 8:30 a.m.: Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon: Check-out
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 22 Jun 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 28 Jun 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 5
    June 22–28
    Irons in the Fire
    Instructor: Glenn Horr
    All Level | $500
    Weeklong Workshop
     
    Dive headfirst into blacksmithing! Enhance your skills in functional metalwork! Instruction will include building and controlling forge fires and basic forging skills: drawing out, twisting, tool-making, forge-welding, punching, and scrollwork. You will be able to finish a few small sample items. Beginners are welcome, as no prior experience is necessary; higher level practice activities are provided for more experienced students.
     
     
    Glenn Horr has been creating hand-forged metalwork since 1977. After working in forged metals for 36 years, Glenn finds that the design possibilities of decorative and functional ironwork still seem endless. Always enjoying making things with his hands, Glenn has been interested in metals and forging since taking a high school shop class. He is primarily self-taught and continues to add to his repertoire of skills by attending blacksmithing conferences. Using traditional techniques, Glenn creates functional and decorative work in steel as well as copper, brass, and aluminum. He enjoys working with materials that are so rigid in one form, yet they yield to hammer and anvil when heated in the forge. Metal can be moved into different shapes and textures, and he likes to reflect his fluidity in his finished work.
     
    Known for his attention to detail and fine craftsmanship, Glenn has been commissioned to do many architectural projects. He creates a wide range of hardware for homes: anything from fireplace equipment to door hardware to railings and gates to fine kitchen utensils. He also enjoys working with individuals, designers, and architects on special commissions. Learn more about his work at glennsforge.com
     
    > Weeklong workshop dates include check-in and check-out.
    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Sunday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet at the Dining Hall
    > Monday, 8:30 a.m.: Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon: Check-out
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 22 Jun 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 28 Jun 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 10
    June 22–28
    Fiber Arts Survey: Paper Pulp, Books, Silk, and Wool 
    Instructor: Janice Patrignani
    All Levels | $500
    Weeklong Workshop

    Explore a potpourri of different fiber arts techniques! We will create glorious one-of-a-kind silk paintings, pattern silk scarves using the shibori method, experiment with wool felting, explore the fiber-transformation method of papermaking, and embellish with printmaking and marbling. We will also cut, fold, and assemble some of the decorative papers we’ve made into personalized multi-use books or journals. By the end of the week, you will have amassed a treasure trove of exquisite artworks and amazing personalized gifts—which you may not want to give away!  This class is a great resource for teachers or anyone who wants to discover the magic of fiber art. 



    Janice Patrignani is a design professional, visual artist, and art educator. She holds a BS from the University of Cincinnati’s School of Design, Architecture, and Art. Since 1995, she has been developing and teaching workshops in her many areas of media expertise, which include watercolor, acrylic, and silk painting; shibori; fiber arts; bookmaking; paper transformations; and ceramic sculpture. Janice’s mixed-media sculpture has been exhibited throughout New York. She received third place for sculpture in the Best of New York Artists and Artisans 2005 book series. Recently, she was awarded honorable mention for ceramic sculpture in Art Buzz, The 2009 Collection.

    > Weeklong workshop dates include check-in and check-out.
    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Sunday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet at the Dining Hall
    > Monday, 8:30 a.m.: Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon: Check-out

    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 22 Jun 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 28 Jun 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 10
    June 22–28
    Visual Impressions: Creating Monoprints Using Colored Clays
    Mitch Lyons
    All Levels | $500
    Weeklong Workshop

    Learn to make clay monoprints by applying colored clays and colored clay slips, not ink, to a leather hard slab of stoneware clay. All other printing plates (matrix) are ridged, e.g., wood, metal, and stone. Clay is soft, so textures as well as pastels can be added to the slab to create subtle changes of color and texture. A damp paper or canvass is placed over the slab, and then rolled with a wooden rolling pin (our press) to pull a thin layer of clay onto the substrate. Many monoprints can be pulled without recharging the slab. This is the most non-toxic printmaking process, using the most everyday object to give you the most sophisticated results.




    In 1968, Mitch Lyons brought to his ceramic graduate studies at Tyler School of Art an undergraduate degree in printmaking. So his interest to "marry" the clay with printmaking germinated there into a lifelong journey to develop the most non-toxic printmaking process. He has taught over 100 workshops in the United States and Europe, including Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine; the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, Connecticut; Peter's Valley in Layton, New Jersey; and Vonderau Museum in Fulda, Germany. Learn more about his work at mitchlyons.com

    > Weeklong workshop dates include check-in and check-out.
    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Sunday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet at the Dining Hall
    > Monday, 8:30 a.m.: Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon: Check-out

    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 22 Jun 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 28 Jun 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 10
    June 22–28
    Glass Entomology
    Mike Mangiafico
    All Levels | $500
    Weeklong Workshop

    Insects come in an infinite variety of forms. Their structure and coloration represent a treasure trove of creative opportunities for any glass artist. In this workshop, you will reference insect aesthetics as you gain expertise in handling molten glass, and you will be learning torch and kiln-working skills in an enjoyable and relaxing atmosphere. Marble making, cane pulling, and bead building both on and off the mandrel will be addressed as ways to represent better the coolest aspects of bug anatomy. Constructing glass tiles will also be covered. All of these diverse glass-making skills will become the foundation for learning to shape glass confidently to represent the natural world or to express a personal whimsy. Safety, studio set-up, and the history of glass will also be addressed. Bring your sketchpad and notebook to chart your progress and design future works. You are also welcome to bring any lamp-working tools and materials you have.



    Michael Mangiafico has been teaching torch working and glass blowing since 1993. His work is available in galleries nationwide. He has also been featured in magazines and consumer publications. Michael demonstrates his amazing array of glassmaking skills for schools, fairs, galleries, and other arts-oriented organizations. While his specialty is making delicate and highly realistic glass insects, he also makes beads, marbles, jewelry, vessels, tiles, and paperweights. Learn more about his work at visit www.figstudios.com.

    > Weeklong workshop dates include check-in and check-out.
    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Sunday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet at the Dining Hall
    > Monday, 8:30 a.m.: Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon: Check-out

    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 06 Jul 2014
    • 9:00 AM
    • 12 Jul 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 15
    July 6–12
    Mystical Worlds
    Emma Davidson and Vigo Brennsteiner
    Ages 6–12 | $250
    Youth Weeklong Workshop
     
    Take a step into a whimsical world of creation fueled by imagination. With 33 acres of enchanted forest, you will embark on an adventure between worlds, as we create beautiful art. Whether we are building from nature, learning about myths and monsters, or having a boat race to Troll Bridge, this week of wonder and intrigue is one you do not want to miss! Working outside and in the studio, as well as individually and collaboratively, you will end this week with greater art making skills and a better understanding of myths, creatures, and yourself.
     
    In 2012, Emma Davidson, who earned her BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design, joined Touchstone Center for Crafts as a studio resident assistant and is currently on staff as their marketing and operations coordinator. After growing up in New England, living in the south, and participating in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, Earth and mankind’s impact on the environment are of great importance, and therefore much reflected in her work. Emma’s fiber art and printmaking has been shown locally. Two of her prints are part of the permanent collection at Savannah College of Art and Design, and are currently exhibited at their Hong Kong campus.
     
    Vigo Brennsteiner, an Eagle Scout, majored in studio art at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Specializing in three-dimensional art forms with wood, metal, and ceramics, he utilizes his knowledge and skills in producing art works by unconventional means and supplies. Vigo has led workshops and demonstrations with groups of various ages and skill levels on Touchstone’s campus, where he currently serves as studios coordinator.

     

    Youth weeklong workshop dates do NOT include check-in and check-out. Children who are lodging with a parent/guardian will have the same check-in/check-out schedule as the adult with whom they are lodging.
     
    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Sunday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet at the Dining Hall
    > Monday, 8:30 a.m.: Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon: Check-out
     
    Note: Children enrolled in youth workshops who are unable to check in Sunday evening may do so Monday morning at orientation.
    • 06 Jul 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 12 Jul 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 9
    July 6–12
    Metal Interpretations: Inlay Marriage of Metals for Hollow Fabrication
    Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez
    Intermediate–Advanced | $500
    Weeklong Workshop
     
    Explore the possibilities of using different colored metals to develop multicolored designs for the creation of hollow metal forms and structures for jewelry making. You will learn various soldering techniques and forming metal as well as scoring and bending. Also, you will use various techniques of cutting and soldering inlay using sheet and wire. We will mainly work with copper, sterling silver, nickel silver, brass, bronze, and nu gold, as well as various Japanese copper alloys, such as shibuichi and shakudo, to create a very dramatic puzzle-like effect. You will learn photo electroplating to utilize the effects of layering techniques. Various patinas will be used to achieve color patination, providing a rich and exciting resolution utilizing the chemical Rakusho (most known for its use in Japanese metal work). You will explore numerous finishing techniques, opening the door to a great variety of aesthetic possibilities to enhance ideas for design considerations. The artistic possibilities are endless!

     

     

    In 1986, Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez, a metals artist and educator, came to the United States from Mexico City, Mexico. He earned his MFA and BFA at Rochester Institute of Technology's School for American Crafts, and since 2001, he has been a professor in their metals program. Carlos is a New York State Foundation of the Arts Fellowship recipient and a Craft Alliance of New York State Career Development Grant recipient. His work is in several publications including: Art Jewelry Today, 30-Minute Necklaces, Breaking Ground: A Century of Craft Art in Western New York, and 500 Bracelets. Recent work includes the creation of several large public sculptures at National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Pieters Family Life Center, ArtWalk Rochester, and Rochester Institute of Technology. Learn more about his work at caballero-studio.com.

     

    > Weeklong workshop dates include check-in and check-out.

    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Sunday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet at the Dining Hall
    > Monday, 8:30 a.m.: Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon: Check-out
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 06 Jul 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 12 Jul 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 3
    July 6–12
    Watercolor Naturally
    Ron Thurston
    All Levels | $500
    Weeklong Workshop
     
    Natural shapes are all around us. Rocks, leaves, and shadows—abstract or otherwise—can be incorporated as a supporting role to any subject. Watch how easily your painting will come alive when the foundation is interesting. The next step is to simply fill in those shapes with color. Watercolor basics, personal expression, and a number of other fun and creative topics will be discussed. Lessons are designed to encourage you to try new color and composition approaches that will spark ordinary subjects into exciting visuals. A casual atmosphere makes this week a rewarding adventure.

     

     

    Ron Thurston is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society and a past president of the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society. He is a founding member of Pittsburgh Underwater, an exhibiting group of five who started Watercolors Gallery in the heart of Pittsburgh’s downtown cultural district, a gallery that lasted for ten years. Ron has won three Aqueous Open Best of Shows and a Grumbacher Gold Medal. After selecting his painting in the 2008 Aqueous, Linda Doll of San Diego wrote, "The first-place award is one of the best I’ve ever juried—good design, good color, creativity, all in one fabulous painting." Ron won a silver medal at Adirondacks 2013 National Exhibition of American Watercolors, and won an award and was accepted into the first three Signature American Watercolor Exhibitions at Fallbrook Art Center, Fallbrook, California. Ron has a long career as a commercial artist for design firms in the advertising market, and in the personal commission field, where his reputation as one of the area’s premier watercolor painters brings many buyers to his work. Ron’s favorite borrowed philosophy comes from artist Henry Koerner: "If you do something with love, love looks back at you." He has juried national shows and currently teaches watercolor workshops at Sweetwater Center for the Arts and Touchstone Center for Crafts. Learn more about his work at ronthurston.net.

     

    > Weeklong workshop dates include check-in and check-out.

    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Sunday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet at the Dining Hall
    > Monday, 8:30 a.m.: Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon: Check-out
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 06 Jul 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 12 Jul 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 5
    July 6–12
    Environmental Impressions: Nature Printmaking Intensive
    Gudrun Garkisch
    All Levels | $500
    Weeklong Workshop
     
    This workshop teaches traditional as well as new techniques for directly transferring the design of leaves, grasses, ferns, and feathers to paper and fabric. The traditional nature printing technique involves rolling ink or brushing paint on a natural object, placing it on a surface, and applying pressure with hands, feet, a rolling pin, or an etching press to transfer the image. The techniques can be applied to scientific or imaginative illustrations, or used for decorative purposes. Using what you learn in this workshop, you can illustrate a garden or travel log, your diary, children’s books, or poetry; print notecards; or decorate your walls, your clothing, or your table and bed linens. A limited scholarship for this workshop is available through the Robert Little Scholarship Fund.



    Gudrun Garkisch studied with Robert Little and continues in his tradition of teaching at Touchstone Center for Crafts, where he re-introduced the art of nature printing to America. Gudrun has been printing for 30 years and has participated in juried international exhibits and won statewide awards. She is a member of the international Nature Printing Society and the Pittsburgh Print Group, and has conducted classes for diverse civic centers, YWCAs, and workshops at the annual meeting of the Nature Printing Society. Gudrun was the 1996 Touchstone Artist of the Year.
     
    > Weeklong workshop dates include check-in and check-out.
    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Sunday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet at the Dining Hall
    > Monday, 8:30 a.m.: Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon: Check-out
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 06 Jul 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 12 Jul 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 12
    July 6–12
    Modern Design and Traditional Forging Techniques 
    Logan Hirsh
    All Level | $500
    Weeklong Workshop
     
    Work with the plastic qualities of steel. Explore how those fluid qualities can lead away from more traditional designs, such as scrolls and straight line picketing. We will use traditional joinery to complement the visual strength of modern designs and enhance the structural integrity of the final ironwork. Introductory students will focus on achieving control on the plastic movement of the material and explore a variety of joinery techniques. Intermediate students will complete a given design as a simulation of journeymen time spent working blacksmith shops. Advanced students will design their own projects, under the guidance of the instructor, to promote the development of individual style.
     
     

    Logan Hirsh began forging under William Bastas at Austin Community College. He studied under Rick Smith and received a BFA in blacksmithing and the Rickert-Ziebold Trust Award at Southern Illinois University–Carbondale. He completed an apprenticeship at the Metal Museum under Jim Masterson and did his journeymen time under such masters as United Kingdom’s Brian Russell and Italy’s Caudio Bottero. His work is in Lark Publications and American Craft magazine and featured in the permanent collection of the Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennessee.

     

    > Weeklong workshop dates include check-in and check-out.
    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Sunday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet at the Dining Hall
    > Monday, 8:30 a.m.: Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon: Check-out
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 06 Jul 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 12 Jul 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 10
    July 6–12 
    Felt Under Your Feet! Felt on Your Feet!
    Instructor: Karen Page
    All Levels | $500
    Weeklong Workshop

    Make a rug for under your feet and a pair of boots or slippers for on your feet! This workshop will introduce the novice to basic wet-felting techniques and also provide variations of processes to appease the more experienced felt maker. For the first project, you will design, layout, and then felt a piece into a very durable, hardened rug. Techniques covered will include layout design, selecting and preparing the wool, dyeing wool roving, making batts, pre-felt, and “quilting” technique for the initial wet-down of the rug. The second project will build upon the techniques acquired while making a rug and teach the process for making a dimensional form, i.e., the boot or slipper. Finally, the week will end with various embellishment techniques such as needle-felting and embroidery. Throughout the week, images of historical and contemporary works in felt will be shown and discussed. 



    Karen Page has been creating works in felt for over three decades. Her work varies from large, heavily felted “mondo” installation pieces to stylish wearables and accessories. She attended the First International Felt Symposium in Denmark, has exhibited nationally and internationally, including in Finland and Japan; and in 2005, travelled to Turkey for a traditional felt rug making workshop with Mehmet Girgic. She spent four summer sessions in Kyrgyzstan working with women’s co-ops. Karen strives to teach workshops that encourage the participant to appreciate the rich history of felt making and to achieve well-made pieces.

    > Weeklong workshop dates include check-in and check-out.
    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Sunday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet at the Dining Hall
    > Monday, 8:30 a.m.: Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon: Check-out

    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 06 Jul 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 12 Jul 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 9
    July 6–12
    Pouring, Drinking, Thinking Pots
    Mark Shapiro
    All Levels* | $500
    Weeklong Workshop

    In this weeklong workshop, students will make pouring and drinking forms such as cups, pitchers, teapots, flasks, and so forth—asking what draws the eye and pleases the hand. You will be encouraged to move beyond your current practice to develop new techniques and greater personal expression. Demonstrations and specific projects will be balanced with group and individual discussions. We will talk and think about what makes us reach for a pot time and time again. Please come prepared to try new things in an interactive environment. *Some experience throwing pottery on a wheel is preferred.




    Mark Shapiro makes wood-fired pots in western Massachusetts. He is a frequent lecturer, curator, panelist, and writer, as well as mentor to a half-dozen apprentices who have trained at Stonepool Pottery. His work was featured in the fourth World Ceramics Biennial in Icheon, Korea, and is in many public collections. His interviews of Karen Karnes, Michael Simon, Paulus Berensohn, and Sergei Isupov are in the Smithsonian Archives of American Art; and he recently edited A Chosen Path: the Ceramic Art of Karen Karnes(UNC Press). He is on the advisory board of Ceramics Monthly, and is a contributing editor to Studio Potter magazine. Learn more about his work at stonepoolpottery.com

    > Weeklong workshop dates include check-in and check-out.
    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Sunday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet at the Dining Hall
    > Monday, 8:30 a.m.: Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon: Check-out

    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.
    • 13 Jul 2014
    • 9:00 AM
    • 19 Jul 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 14
    July 13–19
    Silly, Strange, Sensational, and Stupendous Sculptures
    Emma Davidson and Vigo Brennsteiner
    Ages 6–12 | $250
    Youth Weeklong Workshop
     
    The sky’s the limit when you spend a week exploring the world of three-dimensional art forms. Learn how to use typical studio art materials, recycled and found objects, and household items to make realistic, abstract, and otherworldly creations. We will discover famous sculptures and sculptors while we work in the studio. You will make a miniature clay sculpture, a whimsical wire sculpture, or an enormous sculpture from various paper materials—just bring your imagination and ideas!
     
    In 2012, Emma Davidson, who earned her BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design, joined Touchstone Center for Crafts as a studio resident assistant and is currently on staff as their marketing and operations coordinator. After growing up in New England, living in the south, and participating in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, Earth and mankind’s impact on the environment are of great importance, and therefore much reflected in her work. Emma’s fiber art and printmaking has been shown locally. Two of her prints are part of the permanent collection at Savannah College of Art and Design, and are currently exhibited at their Hong Kong campus.
     
    Vigo Brennsteiner, an Eagle Scout, majored in studio art at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Specializing in three-dimensional art forms with wood, metal, and ceramics, he utilizes his knowledge and skills in producing art works by unconventional means and supplies. Vigo has led workshops and demonstrations with groups of various ages and skill levels on Touchstone’s campus, where he currently serves as studios coordinator.

     

    Youth weeklong workshop dates do NOT include check-in and check-out. Children who are lodging with a parent/guardian will have the same check-in/check-out schedule as the adult with whom they are lodging.
     
    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Sunday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet at the Dining Hall
    > Monday, 8:30 a.m.: Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon: Check-out
     
    Note: Children enrolled in youth workshops who are unable to check in Sunday evening may do so Monday morning at orientation.
    • 13 Jul 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • 19 Jul 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • Touchstone Center for Crafts
    • 8
    July 13–19
    Surface Embellishments
    John Cogswell
    Intermediate–Advanced | $500
    Weeklong Workshop
     
    Explore a diverse sampling of decorative surface embellishments for jewelry applications and investigate a wide range of techniques and treatments (includes textures, color, and surface appliques and enrichments) for enhancing metal surfaces, establishing a “vocabulary” of surface design possibilities, and expanding your repertoire of design options. You are encouraged to interpret and to incorporate this information into projects of your own design. Some of the topics include various torch-related surfaces (e.g., reticulation; granulation), “painting” with gold on silverundefineda technique for karat gold application on silver, Keum-booundefineda Korean gold foil overlay technique, and patinas.

     

     

    John Cogswell is a jeweler, silversmith, educator, and author/illustrator. He currently teaches at State University of New York–New Paltz, and previously taught at Parsons School of Design in New York City, Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and Hofstra University on Long Island. He is also former director of the Jewelry and Metalsmithing Department at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, and has conducted numerous workshops at such locations as Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Brookfield Craft Center, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Penland School of Crafts, Appalachian Center for Craft, Peters Valley School of Craft, and Touchstone Center for Crafts. John was the 2006 inductee into the National Metalsmiths’ Hall of Fame and was selected as Touchstone Center for Crafts’ 2007 Artist of the Year. He is the author and illustrator of Creative Stonesetting, and has served as a technical consultant and contributing author for several contemporary jewelry texts, including Metals Technic, Contemporary Silver, and The Penland Book of Jewelry. His work has appeared in numerous exhibitions and publications; and is included in many public and private collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Jewish Museum in New York City, and the Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
     
    > Weeklong workshop dates include check-in and check-out.
    > Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Check-in at Blaney Lodge
    > Sunday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet at the Dining Hall
    > Monday, 8:30 a.m.: Orientation at the Dining Hall
    > Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Programming in Studios
    > Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon: Check-out
     
    Students are welcome to work in studios after the posted workshop hours as long as the instructor or appointed staff member is present. Unfortunately, due to liability risks, students are not permitted to work in the studios without one of these forms of supervision. While staff members and instructors will often be found in the studio during evening hours helping students, they are not obligated to be present after the posted workshop hours. Students are also encouraged to participate in evening activities such as studio demonstrations and the Thursday evening auction. Touchstone asks that all students respect the campus-wide quiet time of 11:00 p.m.