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.

Upcoming Weekend Workshops

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Make the Tools for the Job with Mark Aspery

Wood, Clay, Fire with Dan Kuhn

Fiber, Paper, Book Arts:
Shibori Holiday with Janice Patrignani

Beyond Glass Beadmaking Basics: Surface and Form with Diana Dugina

Metals & Jewelry:
Steel Jewelry with Maia Leppo

Special Topics:
Making a Binzasara with Tadao Arimoto


Blacksmithing: Troubleshooting Creative and Technical Problems in Blacksmithing with Anna Koplik

Wild Flower Lampwork Class with Karen Leonardo

Painting, Drawing, & Printmaking:
Knife Painting in Oils with Joyce Werwie Perry


Dynamic Expressions with Travis Winters

Fiber, Paper, Book Arts:
The Art of Papercutting with Annie Howe


Glass Beads: Inside and Out with Joy Knepp

Painting, Drawing, & Printmaking:
Textured Painting with Adrienne Heinrich


An Introduction to Welding Techniques for the Artist with Mark Atkinson

Mapping and Surface Decoration with Brooke Millecchia

Metals & Jewelry:
Basic Ring Fabrication with Joshua Kosker

Exterior Mosaics: Two-Dimensional and Bas Relief Projects with Bonnie Fitzgerald


Painting, Drawing, & Printmaking: 
Painting the Laurel Highlands with Harold Frontz


Porcelain: Form and Finesse with Susan Filley

Melting Faces with Chad Parker

Dalle de Verre: Out of the Thick and into the Thin of It with Claire Brill


Touchstone celebrates 45 Years!

View the 2017 catalog

See the exciting season planned at Touchstone Center for Crafts.  Click the cover photograph and you will be taken to the full catalog, where you can plan the workshops that you would like to take.

2017 Workshop Schedule

We have put together an exciting schedule of courses and events and we know you won't want to miss out on the chance to visit Touchstone's natural setting and tap into your creative nature.  

See a course that interests you?  Join as a member and receive priority registration along with other great benefits. 


‘Faces of Touchstone’
Gallery Exhibition

Artists featured in this exhibit include: Daniel Tomcik, Stacy Larson, Anna Koplik, Daniel Scully, Drew LaVercombe, Melissa Gagnon, Meghan Burke, Matthew Aubert, India Lee, Saul Bezner, Travis Winters, Andrew Rice, Norb Duritsa.

Exhibit runs through September 1, 2017
in the Bea Campbell Gallery.

Gallery is open to the public weekdays from 10am - 4pm.

For more information, please call 724-329-1370. 

Your donation helps support Touchstone programs.

Touchstone Bulletin Board:
Touchstone Center for Crafts
1049 Wharton Furnace Rd.
Farmington, PA 15437
T: 724.329.1370
T: 800.721.0177 
F: 724.329.1371
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