Interdisciplinary. Community. Advocacy. Humor.
Time: May 3, 2014 at 9am to May 4, 2014 at 5pm
Location: Touchstone Center for Crafts
Street: 1049 Wharton Furnace Road
Website or Map: http://touchstonecrafts.org/C…
Event Type: retreat
Organized By: Wayne Werner
Latest Activity: Jan 26, 2014
hosted by Wayne Werner
All Levels | $70
The Alchemist Picnic is a gathering of metalsmiths and jewelers from the mid-Atlantic region and beyond. This weekend event is hosted by Wayne Werner, renowned for his metalsmithing expertise, jewelry design, musical talent, and ebullient personality. He is the perfect emcee for this lively new event and Touchstone is the ideal setting with its beautiful woodland campus and well-equipped metals studios. As Pennsylvania’s only residential craft school, Touchstone’s convenient geography makes it the ideal mid-Atlantic platform for the Alchemist Picnic to take flight. In addition, Touchstone is holding a workshop giveaway during the Saturday evening auction through which a lucky attendee can win an all-expense-paid* summer workshop in the Metals Studio.
Aspiring students, emerging makers, and seasoned professionals are all invited to share their creative and professional journeys. Alchemist Picnic offers a rare opportunity to network for your guild, school, and/or organization, as well as share your own talents and aspirations with a regional community of metals artists. Alchemist Picnic is a weekend rendezvous designed to build community, share information, swap goods, exchange services, and absorb ideas.
Demonstrations will be held each morning and demonstrators include Wayne Werner, Sharon Massey, and Todd Pownell. Guild and personal presentations will take place in the afternoon with roundtable discussions on professional practices going on in the early evening. A tool swap and tool demonstrations will be held throughout the weekend. One exciting bonus is that the Sixth Annual Jim Campbell Hammer-In will also be going on that weekend at Touchstone, and we look forward to many opportunities for creative cross-pollination.
We encourage all metals and jewelry enthusiasts to bring an artful object or metalsmithing tool to donate to the auction. All proceeds will go to scholarships for Touchstone workshops.
*Includes workshop tuition and room/board. Materials fees are not included and must be paid separately.