Touchstone Center for Crafts

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Touchstone Center for Crafts

Touchstone is a unique three-seasons craft school in the beautiful Laurel Highlands, only 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Website: http://www.touchstonecrafts.org/
Location: Farmington, PA
Members: 19
Latest Activity: Aug 30, 2012

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Comment by Glen Guarino on June 20, 2012 at 10:31am

Marie & I agree with John,Touchstone shops are good & staff is wonderful, food was delish.

Comment by 2Roses on June 20, 2012 at 10:04am

Just came back from a week at Touchstone. We highly recommend it. The blacksmithing facility is like metal heaven. One of the best we've ever seen. Metal working studio is very well equipped too. Adam and staff give 110% to make you feel welcome and comfortable during your stay. And then there is Chef Roger... who makes the food. This guy is a total hoot! He's a trained 4star chef who runs his own restaurant in the area that Adam has snagged to do the food at Touchstone.  Crazy fun.

Comment by Adam Kenney on January 24, 2012 at 11:05am

See, more did come!

Go to Metals/Jewelry Workshops to sign up today. Remember EarlyBird gets you a discount until April 15th.

May 17 – 21

Painting with Tin: Creating Collages with Printed/Colored Metal

Robert Villamagna / All Levels / $350 / Extended Weekend Session / Materials Fee $40

In this class you will learn how to create a color, value and texture palette using printed/colored metal from tin cans and other metal product containers. Students will learn how to deconstruct various metal containers and materials, and then attach these materials to an armature. Using your palette of metal, you will learn to how to create unique and one-of-a-kind works of art that carry your personal vision.

Robert Villamagna works in assemblage, tin, paper collage and mixed media. Villamagna’s work has been exhibited at the Carnegie Museum of Art and Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh), ART Gallery (Chicago), Penn State’s Robeson Gallery, Pittsburgh Center of the Arts, Erie Museum of Art, the Ohio Craft Museum, Huntington Museum of Art, the Clay Center and the West Virginia Cultural Center. Three of Villamagna’s works are in the State of West Virginia Permanent Collection. Villamagna’s work is shown at Gallery on 43rd Street and the Society for Contemporary Craft, both in Pittsburgh. Villamagna is an Assistant Professor of Art at West Liberty University in West Virginia. In addition to his teaching schedule, Villamagna is director of the WLU Nutting Gallery. For more information go to www.robertvillamagna.com.

May 25-27

Introduction to Silversmithing

Robert Riffe / Beginner / $210 / Weekend Session

This workshop will focus on basic silversmith skills and techniques to create a silver and stone pendant. Silver soldering; sawing; bezel setting; polishing; design concepts and materials; and use of tools and studio equipment will be covered. Students may work on other jewelry projects as time, creativity and skills allow. More experienced students are welcome to expand on existing skills and create wearable art in Touchstone's jewelry studio.

Robert Riffe is a self-employed jewelry artist and metalsmith living in Bruceton Mills, WV. He has enjoyed working in this medium for more than 10 years. He has studied his craft extensively, working in unique apprenticeships and taking workshops from skilled teachers, combined with years of practical hands-on-learning techniques. Much inspiration for his work and designs is found in nature and the stones he sets into his jewelry. He sells his work at local and national art and craft shows and galleries. He also teaches workshops at Mountain Made Studios and Gallery in Thomas, WV. For more information go to http://www.mysticalcrystaljewelry.com.

Stay tuned. More to come!

Comment by Adam Kenney on January 24, 2012 at 11:02am

Touchstoners,

See below for Touchstone's spring line up in Metals and Jewelry. Go to the Metals and Jewelry page to learn about all of the seasonal workshops, and to sign up. Until April 15 Touchstone will be offering a discount for early registration. Just enter the code EarlyBird when signing up.

April 20 – 22

Enameling on Steel and Three-Dimensional Forms

Kat Cole / All Levels / $250 / Weekend Workshop

In this workshop students will dip, brush, pour, scribe, sift and draw into enamel onto the surface of a variety of materials such as copper and steel. We will explore the use of non-traditional enameling techniques with an emphasis on liquid enamel. Basic soldering and cold connection knowledge is helpful, but not necessary. Class will include step- by-step demonstrations, contemporary enameling slideshow and group critique. Students will complete a series of jewelry or sculpture.

Kat Cole received her MFA in Metals and Jewelry from East Carolina University, and has studied with several internationally recognized enamelists. Cole’s jewelry and sculpture has been exhibited nationally, and has won numerous awards and purchase prizes. Her work is represented by Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery in Seattle, and Julie Artisans’ Gallery in New York. Her work can also be seen in 500 Enameled Objects and Art Jewelry Today 3. For more information go to http://www.colemetalworks.com.

May 11 – 13

Jewelry Fabrication in Steel

Sharon Massey / All Levels / $250 / Weekend Workshop

In this workshop, students will learn small-scale fabrication techniques to create jewelry using mild steel sheet and wire. With properties different from traditional non-ferrous metals used in jewelry, steel offers an affordable alternative for experimentation in jewelry. Forming, soldering, pickling and finishing techniques will be demonstrated, with an emphasis on finding personal direction and designs.

Sharon Massey is an internationally recognized jeweler whose work has been exhibited in Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan, and in museums and galleries across the United States. She was the recipient of the 2009 emerging artist award from the Art Jewelry Forum, and was one of eight jewelers chosen to participate in Lucca Preziosa Young, an international competition for jewelers under age 35. Sharon’s work has been published in 9 books including 500 Necklaces, the Art of Enameling and Art Jewelry Today 2nd and 3rd editions. For more information go to www.sharonmasseymetalsmith.com.

Stay tuned. More to come!

Comment by Adam Kenney on November 30, 2011 at 10:35pm

The 2012 catalog is under intense development. Looks like we're to have a sweet line up of programming and courses for our 40th birthday!

 

Comment by Adam Kenney on October 17, 2011 at 9:52pm

Check out the new dining hall slated for completion in the early spring of  2012. Just in time for programming. We're not sure we'll get the translucent trees in by then, but I'm still hopeful. We expect a lot of creative cross-pollination to take place here at this spiritual hub of campus.

Comment by Adam Kenney on October 17, 2011 at 9:32pm

Wait no longer!

Comment by Lora-Lynn Kahler on August 10, 2011 at 11:35am

Nice to see you here.  I've been looking to come for a workshop for several years.  Soon....I'll get to you.

 

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A modern metalsmith/metal artist can be found working in traditional metals as well as in nontraditional materials. The designs can range from the classic to the extravagant, and the techniques can either be centuries old or decidedly current.

The wide range of expression preferences, design options, materials, and processes has lead within our field to unfavorable misconceptions, misunderstandings and in some cases even outright disdain between artists. Can the metal and jewelry field overcome its division and send out a much-needed signal?

We appreciate and respect our historical past and acknowledge that current materials have a rightful place in jewelry/object making!

Arriving at this message is the goal of this traveling exhibition opening at the SNAG conference in Boston 2015, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA - Aug 19 - Sept 20, 2015, Equinox Gallery, San Antonio, TX - Oct 16 - Nov 15, 2015, Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore, MD - Dec 11, 2015 - Jan 08, 2016, Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY - Feb 5 - Mar 4, 2016.

DETAILS on exhibition premise, call for artists, submission guidelines.....

Rachel and Brigitte will be appearing on the wonderful Jay Whaley Metalsmith Benchtalk Radio Show, talking about the Co:Operation Garnish project, how they came up with the idea, what the project is about and the plans moving forward.

The radio show will be LIVE on air September 25, 2014 @ 6PM EST / 3 PM Pacific.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/whaleystudios

Listeners can call in during the show via phone, skype, or directly connect via the blog talk website.

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