Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 1 2017 Schedule at a Glance 3 Special Recognition 4 Special Events & Exhibitions 5 Blacksmithing 7 Ceramics 9 Fiber, Paper, & Book Arts 11 Glass 13 Metals & Jewelry 15 Mosaic Arts 16 Painting, Drawing, & Printmaking 18 Special Topics 19 Youth Programming 20 Scholarships 20 Artist & Education Opportunities 21 Campus Life 22 Registration & Membership Form 23 Registration Information BC Donor Recognition AROUND TOUCHSTONE 2017 WORKSHOPS CAMPUS LIFE and REGISTRATION The Persistence of Craft Dear Friends of Touchstone, One of my favorite books is The Persistence of Craft, a collection of essays on the function of craft within modernist culture. The editor asserts crafts are a consortium of genres. There are no hard and fast rules about the genres implied by the word “craft.” Craft is persistent. Touchstone Center for Crafts is persistent. Twenty seventeen marks Touchstone’s forty-fifth year. We began as Pioneer Crafts Council, and became Touchstone when the founders bought the property that is now our 150-acre campus. Our campus is persistent: forty-five years of repair, rebuilding, and re-investment has prepared the campus for a new 2017 season. The campus continues to offer the Touchstone experience: a place of natural beauty, inviting pathways, the sound of the rushing stream—a place that inspires, relaxes, and challenges the artist. Touchstone’s students and instructors are persistent. In 2016, we held a dedicated Teen Week for sixty high-school students. They moved between studios to try different crafts. They received lessons on the business of art, college scholarships, and creating a professional portfolio. The experience was successful and will return in 2017. Operations manager, Stefanie Glover, is persistent. She will celebrate her tenth season at Touchstone. She is instrumental in recruiting instructors, organizing the class schedules, and ensuring the Touchstone experience is rewarding and fulfilling. Our volunteers and board members are persistent. Cathy Burchell, chair of the Building and Grounds Committee and longtime volunteer, has been the leader of numerous campus improvements, including renovations to the cabins, the bathhouse, and Creekside—a gathering place for the studio assistants and interns. Doug Devlin, AIA, designed the Community Oven Pavilion. Diane Kiproff, chair of the Development Committee, has planned and executed our spring and fall fundraising events. Charlene Langer commissioned the salvaging of the Red Barn, converting the lumber into benches and chairs. Diane DeNardo established and maintains Touchstone’s Instagram and Facebook presence. I encourage you to share your experience and follow us on social media. Scholarships are a persistent connection to Touchstone. Scholarships are available for all ages and all levels of craft experience. Check the catalog for descriptions and application instructions for the 2017 season. We work to be persistent in our delivery of the signature Touchstone experience. Touchstone and the culture of crafts has never been more vibrant and full of possibilities. Please join us in 2017. Sincerely, Colleen Ramsay Hoesch President, Board of Directors LETTER FROM THE BOARD PRESIDENT