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2024 Glass Workshops

Workshop enrollment happens on a first-come, first-served basis. Many fill to capacity quickly and have waitlists months in advance. It’s best to register as early as possible – don’t delay! Registrations for onsite workshops should be made no later than 15 days ahead of the workshop start date so that we can include you when we’re making workshop determinations, ordering materials, etc. Touchstone’s onsite workshop determinations (running vs cancelling) are made 14 days in advance of their scheduled start dates, primarily based on the number of participants registered at that time.

  • A processing fee of $25 will be added to 2-5 day onsite workshops.
  • All workshop participants must be at least 18 years of age, unless otherwise noted.
  • Remember: Materials and studio fees are separate from tuition fees and are to be paid in full once finalized (typically two weeks prior to the workshop).

To view a full listing of the Terms and Conditions as part of your enrollment, download the 2024 Participant Guide. Please review our updated Health & Safety Guidelines* and Cancellation Policy* prior to registering for any workshop.

 

*Subject to change based on health regulations and best practices. Registered participants will be notified if changes are made.

HALF-DAY WORKSHOPS (AGES 14 AND OLDER): JUN 8TH & AUG 25TH

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at working in a craft medium? In these exciting half-day (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) workshops for ages 14 and older, you will learn new techniques and processes while creating hands-on projects in the medium of your choosing. Projects vary and may utilize different materials and techniques per session/instructor.

 

Projects examples may include:

  • Blacksmithing – forged steel hooks, leaves, or bottle openers
  • Ceramics* – wheel thrown (June 8) or handbuilt (August 25) clay mugs, tiles, or small sculptures
  • Glass* – marbles, beads, or small objects/sculptures created with flameworking/fused glass techniques (not glass blowing) 
  • Metals & Jewelry – making metal rings, pendants, or keychains
  • Painting & Drawing – sketching/drawing using colored pencils or different paints for still lifes, portraits, or scenery

*Some projects in ceramics or glass may require that you pick your items up at a later date due to the need for kiln firing.

JUN 8 | SATURDAY (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Try It!

All Levels - No Experience Needed! (Ages 14+)
$140 Tuition Plus $10 Nonrefundable Processing Fee
Materials Fees Included

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AUG 25 | SUNDAY (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Try It!

All Levels - No Experience Needed! (Ages 14+)
$140 Tuition Plus $10 Nonrefundable Processing Fee
Materials Fees Included

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Dress appropriately as you will likely get messy! We recommend all participants wear closed-toe shoes, restrain long hair, and avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling jewelry. If you try Blacksmithing or glass, wear cotton or denim clothing (avoid cuffs) and closed-toe shoes are required (no flip-flops or sandals). We will provide safety glasses and ear plugs where necessary.

 

Please check in at Blaney Lodge between 8:15 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. Workshops begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. within their designated studios.

5 DAY WORKSHOPS: JUN 10-14 THROUGH AUG 19-23

JUN 10-14 | 5-DAY (MON-FRI)
Line & Color: Stained Glass with an Introduction to Painting on Glass
Instructor: Tony Serviente

All Levels
$695 Member | $725 Non-Member
Materials and Studio Fees to be determined

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Discover the essentials of stained-glass construction and how to enhance designs with basic brushed lines and shading. You will learn the fundamentals of glass cutting and shaping, foiling, soldering, and finishing. Additionally, the rudiments of painting trace lines, shading and kiln-firing painted work will be covered. By the end of this workshop, you will have made one or two ready-to-hang windows. Participants are encouraged and guided in creating their own imagery but must forward their designs to the instructor first for approval. Sample project possibilities will be available in class, as well as on-the-spot guidance in designing an image.  While no glass working experience is necessary, those who have previously done stained glass will have an opportunity to refine their skills and learn new techniques.

JUL 8-12 | 5-DAY (MON-FRI)
Special Effects in Kiln Glass
Instructor: Drew Kail

*Pre-approved for Act 48 Credit by PAEA

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No Experience-Beginner
$695 Member | $725 Non-Member
$1,000 - $1,100 Materials and Studio Fee

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Harness the awesome power of chemical reactions in kilnformed glass to achieve a variety of exciting special effects and color variations. In this workshop, you will use a specific selection of glass and learn which glass colors chemically react with one another and how to control or prevent their reactive effects in your work. Chemical reactions in glass can result in a wide range of effects from subtle to dramatic and be a versatile tool in your glass skillset. The fundamentals of kilnformed glass and glass cutting will be covered. Put your lab coat on and let's start experimenting with glass chemistry!

JUL 14-19 | 5-DAY (MON-FRI) | TEEN WEEK
The Whole Shebang
Instructor: Meredith Edmondson

All Levels (Ages 14-17)
$750 Tuition
$100 Materials and Studio Fees

 

Applications for 2024 Teen Week will be available beginning March 1, 2024. The deadline for submitting applications is April 15th. Notifications will go out by May 1st.

 

In this fun, fast-paced workshop, you will explore all the glass studio has to offer. Participants will start with fusing and slumping, move into casting, spend some time on the torch, and explore finishing techniques in the cold shop.

AUG 5-9 | 5-DAY (MON-FRI)
Collaborative Soft Glass Sculpture
Instructors: Wesley Fleming & Michael Mangiafico

All Levels
$695 Member | $725 Non-Member
$55-$105 Materials and Studio Fees

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Hone your sculptural flameworking techniques through both individual and collaborative exercises. Participants will work in rotating teams to expand skills and imagination through the amalgamation of each other’s wit and creativity. The final project will be a sculpture with parts made by the entire class, including contributions by FiG and Wes.

WEEKEND WORKSHOPS: AUG 31-SEP 1 THROUGH SEP 28-30

AUG 31-SEP 1 | 2-DAY (SAT-SUN) | LABOR DAY WEEKEND
Flameworking & Glass Bead Making
Instructor: Joy Knepp

Beginner-Intermediate
$375 Member | $405 Non-Member
$50-$100 Materials and Studio Fees

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Learn how to heat, melt, form and shape rods of glass into beads and small sculptures. All aspects of bead making will be covered, including tools and equipment, health and safety, and types of glass. Joy will demonstrate techniques for making a variety of different types of shapes, designs, and patterns of glass beads. All levels are welcome as we explore creative ways to work with glass in the flame.

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.