Touchstone is a unique three-seasons craft school located in the beautiful Laurel Highlands, only 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1972 as Pioneer Crafts Council, Touchstone's original mission was to foster interest in the preservation of traditional mountain crafts. Today, this unique craft school has expanded to include contemporary and experimental techniques in addition to traditional and historic methods in disciplines such as blacksmithing, ceramics, metals, textiles, glass, oil and watercolor painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. As Pennsylvania's only residential craft school, Touchstone offers both beginners and seasoned artists more than one hundred week-long and weekend courses taught by some of North America's finest artists and artisans.
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Touchstone celebrates 45 Years!
View the 2017 catalog
Touchstone Center for Crafts just finished up their 45th season of workshops! Click the cover photograph and you will be taken to the full 2017 catalog, where you can view the variety of workshops we offer.
Our 2018 Catalog will be available online November 27, 2017
Please check back!
Mishima Variations, Thoughtful Graphic Design, & Surface Alteration by Bryce Hemington
In this workshop, Bryce will be focusing on several different slip application techniques he uses to create surfaces that are vibrant and interesting. Bryce incorporates his graphic design skills and wax masking to create a variation of traditional Mishima slip decoration. He also does slip trailing, thick slip application, and altering. This workshop will include hands-on time, and participants are encouraged to bring leather hard cylinders to practice on. You will also have access to wheels, clay, and slabs to practice on.