Archive for February, 2016

Touchstone Center for CRAFTS!!

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Touchstone Center for CRAFTS !! Welcomes Deborah Feller 2016

Touchstone is located in Farmington, Pa, amid the natural splendor of the Laurel Highlands. Founded in 1972 as the Pioneer Crafts Council, Touchstone’s original mission was to foster interest in the preservation of the traditional craft forms and culture of the Appalachian region. Today the craft school has expanded to include a wide variety of traditional and emerging craft forms, including blacksmithing, ceramics, metals, jewelry, textiles, glass painting, drawing, photography, and printmaking. In addition to offering seasonal craft courses taught by nationally renowned artisans, Touchstone provides under served audiences in the region, from senior citizens to public school students, with craft-centered facilities sit on 150 acres of lush woodlands and pristine wilderness. The campus is covered with towering trees, unique rock formations, and wildflower meadows, and is crossed by Mclntire Run, a rushing stream.¬†

Not Only is Touchstone Center Crafts the only residential Craft school in Pennsylvania it’s the natural setting for your creative nature.

Touchstone’s mission is to advance excellence in the arts and crafts by educating and encouraging individuals to develop technical skills, good design, and innovative expression. To realize this mission, the school offers workshops, exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, and other forms of the artistic and educational programming throughout the year. Dedicated to achieving national prominence and local relevance, Touchstone strives for national distinction by recruiting some of the best artists in the country to teach high-quality craft workshops that attract a geographically¬† diverse audience. The organization strives for local relevance by providing educational and outreach programming that serves a wide variety of the under served populations in Fayette¬† County and other parts of southwestern PA.

Deborah will be teaching¬†¬† “Beginning Stained Glass”¬† June 20-24

Explore a new skill and your creativity! Using one of several patterns for your first project, you will l earn to cut glass, grind, foil solder, and finish your project using the “Tiffany (copper foil) method. You will study the principles of design and the importance of detail when building your project. You will learn about glass selection, color changing and other types of glass and which glass is best for your design project, as well as how to organize your pattern. In order to refine your stained glass skills, you will design your own project and complete it before the week is over.

Deborah will be teaching ” Introduction to Kiln-Formed Glass”

August 1-5

Explore possibilities of fused and slumped glass in this introductory session. You will learn the basics of glass cutting, firing schedules, glass compatibility, and annealing schedules. You will be shown the technical and artistic side of fused glass and the many techniques employed to make your projects. Learn about safety precautions and the materials used. You will created several pieces, exploring different techniques. Each student will leave with the knowledge of how to fuse, fire a kiln, and trouble shooting problems, as well as how to design and create fabulous kiln-formed pieces of art.


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