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Teen Week

2022 Workshop Season Update:

Touchstone is again offering a modified workshop season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please review our COVID-19 policy* and our cancellation policy* prior to registering for any workshop.

*Subject to change based on COVID-19 regulations and guidelines.

2022 #TouchstoneTeenWeek – July 17-22

Participants (Ages 14-17) will have access to our fully equipped studio spaces while they live on campus. Evenings are open for demonstrations, group activities or work in the studio. Students are housed in single-sex dormitories or cabins. The dining hall is central to campus where delicious home-cooked meals are served with fresh local ingredients. All students take a turn helping out in the kitchen and keeping the campus clean.

Teen Week Scholarships Available* 

100% Tuition, Room, & Board: Touchstone works with individual schools to provide students with these scholarships. Individual teens are welcome to apply directly through Touchstone and will also be considered.

*Deadline for submitting applications is May 1st.

Blacksmithing for Teens
Instructor: Nathanael Weiss


All Levels (Ages 14-17)
$75 Materials and Studio Fees

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In this five-day workshop, you will go on an exciting journey that will provide you with basic blacksmithing knowledge. No prior forging experience needed! Through traditional methods, you will learn to taper, spread, isolate, punch, drift, and rivet a project to chart a course for success. An emphasis will be put on fundamental hand skills, design foundations, and fun!

Hailing from South Central Pennsylvania, Nathanael (Nate) Weiss is a metalsmith whose passion for metalwork began as a teenager. With an education from craft schools such as Penland, Touchstone, and Peter’s Valley, and with experience ranging from architectural ironwork to goldsmithing, Nate has cultivated a unique metalworking skillset. Focusing on traditional forging techniques, Nate’s aim is to create one-of-a-kind objects that invoke a sense of wonder and that are meant to be passed on.

Instagram: @nathanael_weiss


Layered Stories: Collaging in Clay 
Instructor: April D. Felipe


All Levels (Ages 14-17)
$75 Materials and Studio Fees

This workshop will explore how to combine clay and mixed media materials to translate your stories into works of art. Participants will create ceramic wall tiles that will be used as a base for their work. This workshop will cover hand building techniques, ceramic and cold surface techniques.


April Felipe was born in, Queens, New York. She received her B.F.A from Alfred University and her M.F.A in Ceramics from Ohio University. In 2017 she was named one of Ceramic Monthly’s Emerging Artist and began the ceramic jewelry line babyGrapes Designs that is carried in galleries though out the United States. April is a co-founder of The Color She has set down roots in Albany, Ohio with a home studio.

Instagram: @aprildfelipe


Expressive Mark-Making with Charcoal: A Painter’s Approach to Drawing
Instructor: Ashley A. Jones


All Levels (Ages 14-17)
$75 Materials and Studio Fees

The goal for this class is for the student to develop their artistic approach with loose and aggressive mark making and combine additive and subtractive techniques using charcoal. While charcoal is the primary medium, participants are encouraged to use and experiment with other media such as Conte crayon, paint markers, powdered and water-soluble graphite, and ink. Students will also explore various alternatives to paper. The class will focus on mark-making related to abstraction, and later, students may explore different ways to apply these same techniques to observational drawing. 
Ashley A. Jones is a visual artist and educator based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She received a BA in studio art from Central State University in Ohio and an MFA in drawing and painting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Currently, Jones serves as an art faculty member at St. Edmund's Academy in Pittsburgh. Jones's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and has numerous private and museum collections. In addition, Jones' artwork and research on identity and colorism in the African American community has been favorably reviewed and recognized in several publications. 
Instagram: @artbyaaj


Marbles and Beads
Instructor: Michael Mangiafico


All Levels (Ages 14-17)
$75 Materials and Studio Fees

Explore the world of creating glass marbles and beads! You will be melting glass on a torch, incorporating fancy twisted canes or patterned bars into magnificent disks and orbs of delight. You will then get to transform said creations into pendants, spinning tops, and fetching sculptures.

Michael Mangiafico is a glass artist and teacher living and working in Pittsburgh, PA. After graduating from Carnage Mellon University in 1985, he has continued his education by attending as well as teaching glass art seminars across the U.S. In 1996, Michael built FiG Studios - Forms in Glass. He designs and creates sculptures and craft items from glass by employing various techniques such as blowing, casting, torch working, and cold working. Michael’s forte is in making glass insects and other small creatures. FiG Studios has work in fine art galleries around the country.


Instagram: @deedleweed


Metallic Self-Portraits
Instructor: Boris Bally


All Levels (Ages 14-17) 
$75 Materials and Studio Fees


​In this fun week-long workshop, you will learn basic metalsmithing and fabrication techniques (layout, riveting, sawing, filing, soldering, forging, finish) and apply them to ‘selfie’ brooches.  The second project will be to make rings. 
Boris Bally is a Swiss-trained metalsmith/designer working in Providence, RI where he maintains his small studio business, Bally Humanufactured, LLC. Recently, Bally was interviewed for the Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Art: Oral History project, part of the Nanette Laitman Grant. His work has been featured in numerous international exhibitions and publications. Public collections include London’s V&A Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Museum of Art & Design New York, Carnegie Museum of Art Pittsburgh, Brooklyn Museum, Luce Foundation Center, Renwick Gallery and Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. 
Instagram: @boris_bally


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.

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All workshop participants must be 18 years or older except where indicated.

Workshops are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Many fill quickly and have wait lists months in advance – don’t wait to register! Registrations for onsite workshops should be made no later than 15 days ahead of the workshop start date so that we can count you when making workshop determinations, ordering materials, etc. Touchstone’s onsite workshop determinations are made 14 days in advance of their scheduled start dates, primarily based on the number of participants registered at that time. Virtual workshop registrations should be made at least 8 days ahead of the session as determinations are made 7 days in advance of the scheduled start time, primarily based on the number of participants registered at that time.


A processing fee of $15 will be added to 1-5 day onsite workshops and community wood firings.


Nonrefundable COVID-19 fees are charged to each participant per onsite workshop: $20/5-day workshop, $15/3-day workshop, and $10/1- & 2-day workshops. These fees help to offset the additional and increased expenses to Touchstone for cleaning, sanitizing, PPE, disposables, and other costs directly related to ensuring health and safety for all. This fee is nonrefundable.


To view a full listing of the Terms and Conditions as part of your enrollment, download the 2022 Participant Guide.

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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