Alchemist Picnic 2021

  • Presentations
  • Demonstrations
  • Panel Discussions
  • Virtual Exhibition
  • Raffles

Hosted by Wayne Werner

October 7, 14, 21, and 28*
Thursdays: 7:00-9:00pm (Eastern)


A virtual gathering on Thursday evenings in October for emerging artists, students and professionals working within the small metals/jewelry community.


*October 28 is open to anyone who wants to attend.

**Choose one or all online sessions with exclusive access to recordings after the event. If you register after the presentation has passed, you will still receive access to the recordings.

2021 Presenters:


About the Presenters

Harlan W. Butt

Harlan W. Butt is an artist with over 40 years of experience working in metal and enamel, who specializes in creating vessels inspired by the human relationship to wilderness and the natural environment. Harlan will be giving an enameling demonstration and talking about his work with Brienne Rosner, Managing Director at Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG).

Joyce J. Scott

Renowned as the “Queen of Beadwork,” Joyce J. Scott’s exuberant beaded sculptural forms and neckpieces are provocative and confrontational, addressing contentious political and social issues such as gender, race, and class struggle. Born and raised in Baltimore, Joyce is a descendant of African-Americans, Native Americans, and Scots. Three generations of storytellers, quilters, basket makers, and wood, metal, and clay workers inspire her artwork.


Images and bio courtesy of Mobilia Gallery

Allegheny Metals Collective

The Allegheny Metals Collective is a Pittsburgh based group dedicated to exhibiting together and sharing knowledge through demonstrations and lectures. Participating members (artwork pictured): Kate Fitzgerald, Rachael Hicks, Kattie Jones, and Courtney Powell.

Wayne Werner

Jeweler/goldsmith, Educator

Wayne is a third generation metal smith from Maryland, a jewelry maker for over 30 years with clients worldwide.

This will be Wayne's seventh time hosting the Alchemist Picnic with Touchstone.

Virtual Alchemist Picnic Exhibition

Touchstone Center for Crafts will be hosting an online exhibition featuring the work of event participants. All registrants of the full Alchemist Picnic will be eligible to participate in the exhibition. Each participant will be allowed to submit one piece (image) for the Alchemist Exhibition. Touchstone will host a Virtual reception on Thursday October 28, 2021, where artists will be invited to share their techniques and ideas behind their work.

Thursdays in October from 7:00-9:00 pm (Eastern):

  • Oct. 7 - Harlan W. Butt with Brienne Rosner
  • Oct. 14 - Joyce J. Scott
  • Oct. 21 - Allegheny Metals Collective
  • Oct. 28 - Virtual Exhibition Reception

Register for one or all sessions.


  • Whole Event: $75
  • Per Session: $30



Registered participants will receive a link to join on Zoom using any computer or mobile device. All presentations will be recorded and made available for attendees until November 30, 2021. 


WIN: Foredom Flex Shaft Kit

All participants who register for the full event will be entered in a raffle to win a brand new Foredom K2230 Flex Shaft kit ($350.00 value).

Donated by Wayne Werner and Foredom.


Good for a 2022 Touchstone Workshop. Registered Alchemist Picnic attendees (full event only) will be entered in a raffle to win 50% off tuition for any 2022 Touchstone workshop.

Winners will be drawn during the Virtual Exhibition on Oct. 28.

All participants who register for the full event will also have the option to submit one piece for the Virtual Alchemist Picnic Exhibition.

Thank you to our event sponsors:

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.