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Pioneering Craft Education for 50 Years

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2021 Events

Alchemist Picnic 2021

A virtual gathering on Thursday evenings in October for emerging artists, students and professionals working within the small metals/jewelry community. Presentations, Demonstrations, Panel Discussions, Networking, Virtual Exhibition, Raffles. 

 

Presenters: Joyce J. Scott, Harlan Butt, Allegheny Metals Collective

Hosted by: Wayne Werner

Sponsors: The Enamelist Society, Halstead Jewelry Making Supplies, Katie & Rachel Rearick, Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG)

 

Oct. 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2021
(Thursdays) 7:00-9:00 PM (Eastern)

Choose one or all online sessions with exclusive access to recordings after the event.

2020 Events

2020 Season Update,

In light of the uncertainty stemming from the novel Coronavirus pandemic, Touchstone Center for Crafts has made the difficult decision to cancel all scheduled programming for our 2020 season. We look forward to welcoming you back to campus again when it is safe to do so! For facts surrounding this decision and to read the announcement from our Executive Director and Board President, Click here.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.
ELEVEN Contemporary Kitchen
1150 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
$200 per person

An evening of refined dining with wine pairings supporting the continued success of Touchstone’s scholarship programs.

Thanks to the generosity of The Big Burrito Restaurant Group, all proceeds from ticket sales go directly towards the Touchstone Center for Crafts Scholarship Fund.

Tickets are no longer available but you can still make a donation to the Touchstone Scholarship Fund.


Make a Donation

Spring Cleanup

DATE TBD
Contact info@touchstonecrafts.org to volunteer.

National Road Festival

May 16-17 – The 2020 Plein Air event was postponed.
Please check back for more information.

Saturday, May 30, 2020 | 11am-4pm  – 2020 Open House was postponed and held virtually.

Visit touchstoneopenhouse.org to watch all of the events, demonstrations, and activities online at any time.

Weekly Art Auctions

Campus is currently closed to the public. Galleries are open to visitors Thursday through Sunday from 10am to 4pm until October.

June – August
Select Thursdays

Dinner – 5:30 pm – $18 please make a reservation in advance
Auction – 6:30 pm

These fun, informal weekly auctions of work by workshop participants, instructors, and Touchstone staff are free and open to the public. All proceeds go towards supporting Touchstone’s operations and programs. May be subject to cancellation – please contact our office at 724-329-1370 to confirm that an auction is taking place and to make a reservation for wood-fired pizza dinner if interested (5:30 pm – $18).

Wine and spirits from Christian W. Klay Winery and Ridge Runner Distillery available for sampling and purchase.

Yoga with Om Body –

Campus is currently closed to the public. Galleries are open to visitors Thursday through Sunday from 10am to 4pm until October.

June – August
Tuesdays, 7:00am – Restorative Yoga with Leann
Thursdays, 5:00pm – All Levels Flow with Leah
Saturdays, 8:00am – All Levels Flow with Leah
45 minute sessions – Donation Based

Available to our guests and the public. Sessions will be held in Touchstone’s Main Lodge. Please bring your own yoga mat.

Click for more information about these sessions:


OmBody is a culmination of talented and passionate women needing a space in our Uniontown community to teach, share, practice, massage, breathe, learn and support themselves, as well as each other. We offer holistic healing to the community, by the community, with a donation based studio, massage for every budget and frequent art and music events open to the public.

Photo courtesy of Michael Maloney Photography, website: michaelmphotos.com

Click for more information about OmBody & the Instructors:

Website: Ombodymassageandwellness.com
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7th Annual Alchemist Picnic

October 2-4; 2020 Alchemist Picnic was postponed.

 

Join us for the 7th Annual Alchemist Picnic at Touchstone, sponsored by Halstead. The weekend will be hosted once again by Wayne Werner, with demonstrations by artists to be announced. Enjoy Lectures, Demonstrations, Round-Table Discussions, a Pop-Up Exhibition, and more!

 

More information about presenters and early bird pricing coming soon.

Fall Benefit Event

Friday, October 9
Touchstone will hold a benefit event at the Pittsburgh Field Club to raise money in support of our general operations. Please check back for additional information.

Annual Membership Meeting

November 7, 11:00 am
Open to current members. We will review the year’s accomplishments, elect board members, and plan for 2021.

2019 Events

Spring Scholarship Fundraiser

Thank you to all the guys and dolls who attended Touchstone’s Spring Scholarship Fundraiser! To see photos from the event, visit our

Saturday, May 11, 2019 | 6-10pm
In The Grande Rotunda at The Fayette Building, Uniontown, PA

Each spring Touchstone mounts a benefit event to raise funds for workshop scholarships. This year’s theme was an Old-Fashioned Speakeasy! Our flashback to the 1920’s was complete with cocktails, food stations, casino games, chance auction, music, dancing, and fantastic company.

If you were unable to attend, please call 724-329-1370 to make a donation.
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Spring Cleanup

Saturday, May 18, 2019
Contact info@touchstonecrafts.org to volunteer.

Open House – New!

Sunday June 2, 2019 | 11am-4pm

FREE Family-Friendly Event
Visit Artists Working in the Studios
• Gallery Exhibitions • Campus Tours • Kids Activities •
Rain or Shine

Sponsorship Opportunities Available, Click for more information…

Touchstone invites the public to our campus from 11am-4pm on Sunday, June 2nd for a free, family-friendly event! This is the perfect day to come and learn all about what we offer at Touchstone and tour our professional studios and our beautiful rural campus. Watch artist demonstrations, shop artist pop-up shops, peruse our Instructor Exhibition featuring a taste of who will be teaching our workshops this season and our Iron Gate Gallery showcasing work by Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, participate in our raffle/auction, and get to know other area arts organizations through their own display booths! Kids can even try their hand at a craft!
Parking is extremely limited, please plan to carpool.
Artists and organizations who wish to participate as exhibitors should contact info@touchstonecrafts.org (space is limited).
Sorry, no pets permitted on campus.

Retreats

Overlap Retreat

Friday, June 21 – Monday June 24, 2019

Join Overlap at Touchstone for a transformative retreat! Share, Learn, Play, Create, Dream, Make and Grow together!
For more information, visit the Overlap website.

Overlap is an annual intimate peer-to-peer gathering of people from around the world who are interested in exploring the overlaps between design and other disciplines. Organized by members of the Overlap community, each year this convening of approximately 50 participants has a different theme and, to date, has taken place in a different part of the Americas. This year, we welcome the group back to Touchstone Center for Crafts.

Each Overlap is unique due to the co-created nature of the event. There is usually a loose agenda, used as a catalyst for interacting, getting to know each other as humans, and geeking out on topics that you may rarely have the opportunity to discuss. Overlap participants have been known to leave the event feeling a deeper connection to and sense of self, community, and the world. 

We want Overlap to be as inclusive as possible. We welcome those who’ve never been to Overlap as well as those who have participated in the adventure before. In this spirit, we are actively encouraging those with a range of backgrounds and experiences to attend. Options available for on-campus lodging or local residents to join the group.

Pittsburgh Center for Arts & Media Writer’s Retreat

3 Days: Saturday, September 28 – Monday, September 30, 2019
Instructor: Rachel Ann Brickner

Join Pittsburgh Center for Arts & Media at Touchstone for an immersive writer’s retreat!
Click for more information about Pittsburgh Center for Arts & Media

In this writing retreat, students will engage in an immersive weekend of reading and discussing contemporary fiction work, writing their own pieces of fiction, and workshopping the work of their peers. Drawing from their surroundings at Touchstone, students will learn to write from observations, and how these observations can ground a story by giving it a strong sense of place. We will look at work from contemporary fiction writers and write from exercises/prompts to generate a body of work students can take home to revise and prepare for publication. This will all cumulate in a seminar on the ins and outs of submitting work for publication and how to manage your submissions, plus a workshop critique session will be held to give students a starting point for revising a piece of their choosing. Tuition includes all meals, students are responsible for their own lodging through Touchstone.
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Symposiums

DC2: Design, Craft, and Commerce –

May 24-26, 2019

Hosted by Bridgeway Capital’s Craft Business Accelerator and Monmade trade group, the DC2 Symposium will explore opportunities at the intersection of design, craft, and commerce. Entrepreneurial creatives from across the region will convene to explore topics that include accessing global markets, synthesizing handmade and manufactured production, and building sustainable businesses. Programming will include demonstrations and conversations by leading voices and emerging forces in the creative economy. Sponsored in part by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.
For more information please visit Monmade’s website or email katiejohnson@monmade.org

Registration is closed for DC2

Keystone Ceramics Forum –

July 5-6, 2019
A fast-paced weekend of demonstrations, presentations, discussions, and a pop-up exhibition on Touchstone’s woodland campus. Featuring demonstrations by Kurt Anderson, Hannah Pierce, Jeremy Wallace, and Jennifer Allen. Keynote presentation by Shoji Satake.

Registration is closed for Keystone Ceramics Forum

Alchemist Picnic

October 4-5, 2019
Join us for the 6th Annual Alchemist Picnic at Touchstone, hosted once again by Wayne Werner. Demonstrations by Tom Muir, Brian Ferrell, Sean MacMillan, and Lucy Derickson. Opening keynote: “Connections For Creative Careers and Opportunities” with Lindsay K. Gates, Adam Kenney, and Paul Rosenblatt.
Enjoy Demonstrations, Round-Table Discussions, and more!

Click for more Information 

Thanks to everyone who attended!​​

Thursday Art Auctions & Wood-Fired Pizza

June – August
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! – Select Thursdays, 6:30pm
• Jun 27  • Jul 11  • Jul 25   • Aug 8  • Aug 15  • Aug 22   (Aug 1 auction has been canceled)

These fun, informal weekly auctions of handmade artwork by workshop participants, instructors, and Touchstone staff are open to the public. All proceeds go towards supporting Touchstone’s operations and programs. Admission is free, dinner at the Pizza Oven is available for a fee (please call 724-329-1370 in advance). Dinner consists of an all-you-can-eat selection of hand-crafted artisanal pizzas from our wood-fired brick oven, a salad bar featuring fresh, locally grown ingredients, iced tea, lemonade, and dessert.

will be offering wine tastings and wine will be available for purchase by the glass or bottle.

Schedule:
• 5:30-6:30 pm – Dinner at the Pizza Oven (add-on option) please call the office to register
• 6:45 pm – Auction begins
• 5:30-7:30 –

will be offering wine tastings/purchase

May be subject to cancellation – please contact our office at 724-329-1370 to confirm that an auction is taking place. If you would like to join us for Wood-fired pizza before the auction starts, please call to make a reservation at least one day in advance (Dinner starts at 5:30 pm).

Fall Benefit Event

Craft an Escape… Keep Creativity Alive!

Save the Date! 
Friday, October 18, 2019  |  6:30pm sharp
It’s an “Art”pocalypse… Zombies are consuming all the Arts and Crafts! Soon we will live in a world of the UN-imaginative! Your mission is to Escape the room, save creativity… and have a great time!
at: The Pittsburgh Field Club, 121 Field Club Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238
$150 per person includes dinner and entertainment. Sponsorships Encouraged!

Thanks to everyone who came to the event, made a donation, or helped out in any way. If you would still like to make a donation, call 724-329-1370.
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Annual Membership Meeting

November 2, 2019, 11:00 a.m.
Open to current members. We will review the year’s accomplishments, elect board members, and plan for 2020.

#RemakeRural Lunch & Learn at Touchstone Center for Crafts

Tue, November 5, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

This meeting is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served.

Registration is Closed

Join Remake Learning and Touchstone Center for Crafts (Fayette County) to learn more about the Center’s upcoming events and opportunities for educators and youth as we enter 2020! Hear from past participants about their experience with the Center’s programming, as well as lend your perspective as to how the Center can improve arts education programming, strengthen relationships with local school districts, and beyond. A tour of facilities and studios will also be provided!

Bea Campbell Gallery Exhibitions

Touchstone’s 2019 Instructor Exhibition

June 2- July 27, 2019
Touchstone invites professional artists from around the country to teach workshops each year. This exhibition showcases a sampling of work by our 2019 workshop instructors.

Touchstone’s 2019 Staff Exhibition

August 4- September 30, 2019
Opening Reception August 4, 2019 | 2-5pm
Each season Touchstone brings in emerging artists to intern as studio assistants and technicians, help with daily operations and workshops while providing them the time and space to explore their own work.This exhibition highlights the work of these talented emerging artists exhibiting alongside Touchstone staff.

Iron Gate Gallery Exhibitions – New!

Touchstone is thrilled to be partnering with the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh for two art exhibitions in 2019. Hosted in the Iron Gate Gallery, the exhibitions will be juried by Touchstone’s Lindsay Ketterer Gates and Travis Winters and feature work by Associated Artists of Pittsburgh (AAP) members. AAP is an artist member organization featuring over 500-artist members from the greater Pittsburgh region. Founded in 1910, AAP organizes 5-10 exhibitions a year in various spaces throughout the region including the Carnegie Museum of Art, The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, The Andy Warhol Museum, and now Touchstone!

‘Vessels in Five Dimensions’
featuring Kristen Letts Kovak and Silvija Singh

June 2- July 27, 2019
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‘Mutual Understanding’
featuring Adrienne Heinrich and Judith Musser

August 2 – September 30, 2019
Opening Reception August 4, 2019 | 2-5pm
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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.

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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