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Pioneering Craft Education for 50 Years

2022 Marks Our 50th Year of Pioneering Craft Education!

Watch for special anniversary events, increased scholarship opportunities, and an exciting lineup of workshops.


Weekend and Weeklong Immersive Craft Workshops and Date Nights!



Workshops are filling up fast!

Artwork pictured by 2022 Instructors: Ellen Durkan, Melissa Weiss, Julie Snidle, Michael Mangiafico, Jim Bové, Gasali Adeyemo.

Upcoming Dates

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Gallery Announcement

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the opening of our galleries has been temporarily postponed.


Look for two brand new gallery exhibitions coming soon!

5-day Workshops

Community Partner:

"We love you, what you are doing, and your vision for the future."

'Tissue Farm' in Confluence, PA - 03/03/2022


"Pioneer Crafts Council & Touchstone were a part of my family’s art experience since I was a child. At 19, I took my first class (nature baskets) and I was hooked. There is magic in this place sparked by the natural beauty, the art spirit, and the beautiful community that forms at each session.”

- 10/09/2020

Artist Residencies

"Touchstone's campus allowed me the opportunity to relax and unwind. Working in the studio and listening to the creek babbling, the birds chirping, or the rain hitting the leaves of the surrounding trees was amazingly refreshing."

RJ S. - 2021 Artist in Residence - 10/09/2020

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Touchstone Center for Crafts is a unique three-seasons craft school located 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh in the beautiful mountains of the Laurel Highlands, near Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, Ohiopyle State Park, and Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. Founded in 1972 as Pioneer Crafts Council, Touchstone's original mission was to foster interest in the preservation of traditional crafts. Today, this unique craft school has expanded to include contemporary and experimental techniques in disciplines such as blacksmithing, ceramics, metals & jewelry, glass, drawing & painting, and special topic areas. As Pennsylvania's premier craft school, Touchstone offers beginning and seasoned artists 1-5 day workshops taught by some of North America's finest artisans.


Annual Open House &
50th Anniversary Kick-off

Saturday, June 11 | 11am-4pm


FREE Family-Friendly Event!

This is the absolute best day of the year to visit our campus!


Want to Learn More?

Visit Our
Virtual Open House

Tours, Talks, Demos, & More!


Over 20 on-demand videos available to watch any time for free! Experience what it’s like to be a part of this creative community.


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Mission Statement: Touchstone Center for Crafts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance excellence in the arts and crafts by educating and encouraging individuals to develop technical skills, good design, and innovative expression.

Touchstone Center for Crafts condemns all acts of racism, discrimination, and senseless violence. We firmly believe that everyone has a right to dignity, respect, and equality without fear.  As an organization, we commit to listen and learn and to grow. We will continue to work to empower people to use art as a means of expression, a way to build community, and a powerful voice for change.

Touchstone Center for Crafts · 1049 Wharton Furnace Rd. · Farmington · PA 15437

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