Glen Gardner is one of our ‘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: Taste of Touchstone

Glen Gardner began working with metal in the late sixties. From 1972 to 1976, he was resident blacksmith at Peters Valley Craftsman 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 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.

To see more of Glen’s work visit GlenSGardner and follow him on Instagram @glen.s.g

Glen will be teaching ‘The Art of Welding‘ at Touchstone from August 6–10, 2018. Perhaps no other process has done more to advance the field of metalworking than employing raw flame to join metal parts. Learn the how’s and why’s of welding metals in this in-depth workshop. From the primeval technique of forge welding up to the modern methods of TIG welding, you will explore the practical and historical applications of the welding process. Learn the basics and the practical applications of: gas welding (oxy/acetylene), stick welding (basic arc), MIG (mechanical arc), and TIG (tungsten inert gas). We will work primarily with steel, but we will also cover methods for welding copper, bronze, cast iron, and aluminum. Regardless of your interests, come explore the freedom and possibilities that learning how to weld will allow. This workshop is suitable for All Levels.

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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.

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