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2021 Workshop Season Update:

Touchstone is pleased to be able to offer a modified 2021 workshop season. Based on best practices related to Covid-19, workshops will run at a reduced capacity of 6 participants, all multi-occupancy lodging has been converted to single-occupancy, and mask and social distancing protocols will be strictly enforced. Our updated cancellation policy* can be found​​

HERE and our Covid-19 Policies and Procedures* can be found​​ HERE *Subject to change.

2021 Workshop Schedule

These workshops are no longer open for enrollment.


JUN 21-25 | 5-DAY (MON-FRI) 

The Truth is Stranger Than Fiction 

Instructor: Kimberly Thomas

Intermediate – Advanced
$585 Member | $615 Non-Member
$250-$300 Materials and Studio Fees
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This workshop is no longer open for enrollment.


A Colorful World of Glass Beads

Instructor: Joy Knepp

All Levels (Ages 14-17)
$615 Tuition
$75 Materials and Studio Fees
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Teen week is no longer open for enrollment.


Glass Beadmaking Basics

Instructor: Joy Knepp

Beginner – Intermediate
$585 Member | $615 Non-Member
$105-$135 Materials and Studio Fees
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This workshop is no longer open for enrollment.


Reflecting Nature in Stained Glass

Instructor: Neile Cooper

Experienced Beginner – Intermediate
$585 Member | $615 Non-Member
$100-$140 Materials and Studio Fees
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This workshop is no longer open for enrollment.

SEP 11-13 | 3-DAY (SAT-MON) 

Introduction to Linework

Instructor: Jake Erie

$410 Member | $440 Non-Member
$90-$130 Materials and Studio Fees
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This workshop is no longer open for enrollment.


Come learn the founding tenets of creating and utilizing your own lined tubing. In this workshop, you will create a variety of different patterns in linework and incorporate them into shot glasses and other drinkware. This class focuses not only on the technical aspects of linework, but also composition theory, introducing ways that linework sections can be integrated into larger glass pieces. This class is for those that are ready to stretch and grow their design work!

Jake Erie began blowing glass in 2010, beginning in the hotshop. In 2011, he began flameworking and never looked back. Jake attended Salem County Community College’s Glass Art program before becoming a professional artist. His work is primarily abstract sculpture, integrating linework sections throughout.

Instagram: @headiyeti

SEP 18-19 | 2-DAY (SAT-SUN)

Introduction to Flameworking:
Beads, Marbles, and Pendants

Instructor: Michael Mangiafico


$300 Member | $330 Non-Member
$55-$80 Materials and Studio Fees
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This workshop is no longer open for enrollment.


Delve into the fundamentals of creating beads, marbles, and pendants from glass with expert guidance. No experience – no problem! By the end of the weekend you will be comfortable with operating a torch and creating small objects. Enjoy two days of exploring the colorful world of glass and the many techniques and processes that can be used to achieve a variety of interesting effects.

Michael is a glass artist and educator living and working in Pittsburgh PA. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University and has continued to bolster his education by attending and teaching glass art seminars at notable institutions such as the Pilchuck Glass School, the Penland School of Crafts, The Pittsburgh Glass Center, and Touchstone Center for Crafts. Michael owns and operates Fig Studios- Forms in Glass where he designs and creates sculptures and craft items from glass.

Instructor website:
Instagram: @deedleweed

Workshops are filled on a first-come-first-served basis. Many fill quickly. Please register at least 15 days ahead of the start of any workshop so that we can count you in! Touchstone makes the determination of whether a workshop will run 14 days in advance of all workshops’ scheduled start date, primarily based on the number of participants registered at that time. 

A processing fee of $15 will be added to 1-5 day workshops.

Nonrefundable COVID-19 Fee: A $10 (1- & 2-day workshops), $15 (3-day workshops), and $20 (5-day workshops) COVID-19 fee will be charged per participant, per workshop during the 2021 season to help offset the extraordinary additional and increased expenses to Touchstone for cleaning, sanitizing, PPE, disposables, and other costs directly related to ensuring health, safety, and social distancing requirements as outlined by the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. This fee is nonrefundable.

To view a full listing of the Terms and Conditions as part of your enrollment, download the 2021 Student Guide.

Touchstone Center for Crafts prohibits discrimination in employment, educational programs, and activities on the basis of race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or association preference. Touchstone Center for Crafts also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to its facilities and programming.

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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