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Pennsylvania’s Premier Craft School


Do you believe in (sharing the) magic?

When renowned artist, Boris Bally talks about the magic of teaching and creating at Touchstone and other crafts schools, his enthusiasm is contagious. He’s energized by the powerful combination of creativity and opportunity; the potential to enhance or launch a career or open a new door. It can be a transformative key to success.

“What draws me to crafts and craft schools is the camaraderie and inclusiveness. It’s a language that crosses all boundaries, and a scholarship opens doors like nothing else.”
- artist & Pittsburgh native Boris Bally,

As an artist and instructor, Boris creates and promotes access to the "magic" everyday. As a donor to Touchstone's scholarship opportunites, you can too.



Beginning June 21st, we're excited to welcome participants back for in-person, immersive workshops.

Register early! Class size is limited, many workshops are already full.


Artwork pictured by Glenn Horr, Richard James, Frontline Arts, Jake Erie, Paige Tibbe, Yoshi Fujii

Visitors are Welcome at the Touchstone Galleries

Hours: Thursday - Sunday, 10am - 4pm

  • Bea Campbell Gallery: 2021 Instructor Exhibition
  • Iron Gate Gallery: Associated Artists of Pittsburgh members - Katie Rearick and Nancy McNary Smith, 'Variation of Line and Form'

Touchstone currently requires that face masks be worn in all indoor spaces on campus. Campus and studio tours are not available until further notice.

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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.

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Upcoming Workshops


Intro to CAD (Rhino 3D)

Explore the possibility of using CAD in ceramics, woodworking, metals, glass and many other disciplines.

Instructor: Michael Nashef



JUL 12-16

Heat, Hammer, Repeat

Have fun forging, try new things, challenge yourself!

Instructor: Greg Gehner


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JUL 26-30

Educators' Retreat

Choose from a variety of studios: Blacksmithing, Murals in Clay, or Journaling are still available.

Not just for educators!



AUG 9-13

Human Figure: Heads and Hands

Focus on two of the most expressive aspects of the figure: the head and hand.

Instructor: Richard James



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 stands in solidarity with the Black community and 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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