Dan Neville and Zach Lihatsh are two more of our ‘A Taste of Touchstone’ Artists who will also be teaching at Touchstone in 2018!

Visit The Allegany Arts Council’s Saville Gallery in Cumberland, MD from February 3-17, 2018 for ‘A Taste of Touchstone’ Gallery Exhibit. More information

Hurry, the exhibition closes this Saturday, Feb. 17!

Zachary Lihatsh is an artist, designer, and blacksmith. He gathers much of his inspiration from the desert landscape, abandoned mines, and remnants of bygone industry. Born and raised in the Northeast, Zach now calls Tucson, Arizona his home. He received his masters’ degree from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He has taught blacksmithing at the high-school and college level. His work has been published in The Anvils Ring, Hephaistos, as well as multiple design publications. He has taught and exhibited his work both nationally and internationally.

To see more of Zach’s work visit and follow him on Instagram @lihatsh

Dan Neville received his BFA in metalsmithing from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and recently his MFA degree in metalsmithing at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Dan has taught at numerous schools and universities including the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, and Austin Community College in Texas. Dan has exhibited his work extensively at venues such as the Metal Museum in Tennessee, the Evansville Museum in Indiana, and the Tsubame Industrial Materials Museum in Japan. Dan has been awarded several research grants through the Windgate Foundation and other organizations.

To see more of Dan’s work visit and follow him on Instagram @nevilleforge

Zach and Dan will both be teaching ‘From Forge to Bench’ at Touchstone from August 13–17, 2018. In this class, students will focus on the use of forged steel and formed brass to create functional kitchenware, as you spend half the week in the blacksmithing studio and the other half in the metalsmithing studio. In blacksmithing, we will cover handle design, basic forging, and punching steel. In metalsmithing, we will cover forming and planishing brass. This workshop is suitable for All Levels.

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