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Touchstone CENTER FOR CRAFTS

Pioneering Craft Education for 50 Years

DETOUR: Wharton Furnace Road is closed Between Fayette Springs Road and Touchstone. follow the detour – from Rt. 40, Take Rt. 381/Elliottsville Road, in 2.4 miles turn right onto workman road, 2 miles to Touchstone

This weekend only (Sat & Sun): Touchstone's Galleries will be closed. Please join us at Tissue Farm in Confluence, PA for the opening of Business/Front | Party/Back - an exhibition organized by Touchstone's 2022 Interns. Click for more information
NEW Gallery Hours (beginning next week)* Thurs.-Sat. 10am-4pm. *Closed on Sundays.

September 30 - October 2, 2022

8th Annual Alchemist Picnic

  • Presentations
  • Roundtable Discussions
  • Networking
  • Pop-Up Exhibition

The Alchemist Picnic serves as a platform to bring together emerging artists, students, and professionals all working within the small metals/jewelry community. This event provides the time and space for artists to come together to network with others, share their work, as well as learn through lectures, demonstrations, exhibitions, and panel discussions. Through the Alchemist Picnic it is our hope that attendees leave with lifelong connections, inspiration, more insight into the small metals field, and having learned some new processes and techniques.

Early Bird 20% OFF - Register before August 31st...

Student Price: $120

Non-student: $144

 

After August 31st...

Student Price: $150

Non-student: $180

 

REGISTER NOW

Price includes meals. Affordable lodging and camping available.

Keynote Speaker:

  • Thomas Mann: Artist as “Artrepreneur”

Presentations:

  • Elyse Zorn Karlin: What curators look for from artists
  • Amy Roper Lyons: Navigating a career as a contemporary enamelist
    (Sponsored by The Enamelist Society)
  • Renée Zettle-Sterling: Discusses her work, her book (CAST), and working with editors

& midnight fireside casting with Richard Hoff

Hosted by Wayne Werner

About the Presenters

Thomas Mann

Thomas Mann has been a professional practicing artist since 1970. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Crafts Council (publisher of American Craft Magazine and ACC Craft Fairs),The Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG publisher of METALSMITH magazine), the Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans and Planned Parenthood of Louisiana.

Elyse Zorn Karlin

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Amy Roper Lyons

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Renée Zettle-Sterling

Renee Zettle-Sterling received her MFA in Sculpture and her MA in Metalsmithing from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Zettle-Sterling is a Professor of Art and Design at Grand Valley State University. She has exhibited and lectured on her work nationally and internationally and is featured in many publications. Zettle-Sterling also served as President of the Society of North American Goldsmiths from 2012-2016.  She co-authored, with fellow artist Jen Townsend, an award-winning book titled CAST: Art and Objects Made Using Humanities Most Transformational Process produced by Schiffer Publishing.

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Schedule:
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Mission Statement: The Alchemist Picnic serves as a platform to bring together emerging artists, students, and professionals all working within the small metals/jewelry community. This event provides the time and space for artists to come together to network with others, share their work, as well as learn through lectures, demonstrations, exhibitions, and panel discussions. Through the Alchemist Picnic it is our hope that attendees leave with lifelong connections, inspiration, more insight into the small metals field, and having learned some new processes and techniques.

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.

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