2017 YOUTH PROGRAMMING

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July 10–14

Art Sampler

Instructor: Bridget Mayak

Ages 6-12

$300 Member | $325 Non-Member

Class Time: Monday–Friday

Fill your week with a variety of projects that include drawing, design, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Get ready to sample lots of different materials and combinations of ideas!

Art has always been an important part of Bridget Mayak’s life. She first developed her love of pottery and sculpture at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in art education. Bridget taught art for 40 years in the Somerset Area School District, touching the lives of over 8,000 students. She continues to teach children and adults at Touchstone Center for Crafts and Laurel Arts in Somerset, Pennsylvania.

Bridget’s clay work consists predominantly of functional pottery and whimsical clay sculpture. Her metal sculptures are assembled from found objects and scrap steel. She also combines the two media in specialty pieces and garden totems.

In 2009, Bridget was named Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Elementary Art Teacher of the Year by the Pennsylvania Art Education Association and she was chosen as Touchstone’s Artist of the Year in 2010. Bridget has exhibited her work at Touchstone Center for Crafts, Fallingwater, Bottleworks, and Dressler Center for the Arts, where she has won Best of Show and numerous other awards. She is a juried artisan for the Handmade Along the Highway program sponsored by the Lincoln Highway Association and sells her work at shops throughout western Pennsylvania.


July 24–28

Mining and Refining Your Own Clay

Instructors: Natalia Slattery and Joe Smith

Ages 6–12

$300 Member | $325 Non-Member

Class Time: Monday–Friday

Did you know that Touchstone has a rich deposit of clay trapped in rocks in the creek? Students will learn how to collect this clay, and then experience the process of clay making. To do this, they will collect the clay, crush it into a powder, refine it through a series of sieves, and dry it until it is workable. Through testing, the children will discover the various properties of the clay, such as plasticity, shrinkage, and firing range; and create test tiles along with their own work. During times when clay is required to dry, there will be presentations on different types of clay, where they are found, and how they are mined, providing inspiration on how to incorporate the clay making process into the students’ own work. Other demonstrations will include throwing with mined clay and making the tools necessary to make clay at home. The test tiles and other work made in the first half of the week will be bisque fired, providing an opportunity for the class to learn how to approach firing non-factory clay. By the end of the workshop students will have an understanding of the properties and processes of clay making, and will have the necessary knowledge to start mining their own clay.

Natalia Slattery is currently a senior sculpture major at Temple University. She worked as a studio assistant at Touchstone Center for Crafts the summer of 2016, and while there, discovered the clay deposit in Touchstone’s Creek. Together, Natalia and Joe tested and refined the Touchstone clay, which is good for throwing and fires well at Cone 6.

Joe Smith graduated from Waynesburg University in 2015 with a BA in Social Science. In the last semester he studied ceramics and has been working full time with clay ever since. After graduating from Waynesburg University Joe ,studied Ceramics at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and worked for Dan Kuhn at Ton Pottery until he started working at Touchstone Center for Crafts as the ceramics studio technician in 2016.


August 7–11

Monster Gardens

Instructors: Cheryl Capezzuti and Bridget Mayak

Ages 6–12

$300 Member | $325 Non-Member

Monday–Friday

Monsters, maps, and puzzles meet in this interactive art and design experience. Participants will design their own imaginary monsters with moving parts made from discarded materials, found objects, and outdoor treasures. Then, they will each build a three-dimensional map of their monster’s world that will fit together with their friends’ maps like a giant puzzle. This class is inspired by the Garden of the Monsters in Bomarzo, Italy.

Master puppetmaker, Cheryl Capezzuti, has been making giant, backpack-style puppets for 20 years and has been the creative director of the First Night Pittsburgh Parade most years since 1998. She has taught hundreds of puppetry workshops for both children and adults, including programs for the Mattress Factory, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and many more. As an artist on the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Residency Roster, she has collaborated with teachers and students all over the region. Currently, she is a member of the visual arts faculty at the Falk Laboratory School at the University of Pittsburgh. Recently, she launched a number of giant puppet lending libraries in the Pittsburgh region in collaboration with the Allegheny County Library Association, which makes her collection of over 200 puppets available to anyone with a library card.

Art has always been an important part of Bridget Mayak’s life. She first developed her love of pottery and sculpture at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in art education. Bridget taught art for 40 years in the Somerset Area School District, touching the lives of over 8,000 students. She continues to teach children and adults at Touchstone Center for Crafts and Laurel Arts in Somerset, Pennsylvania.

Bridget’s clay work consists predominantly of functional pottery and whimsical clay sculpture. Her metal sculptures are assembled from found objects and scrap steel. She also combines the two media in specialty pieces and garden totems.

In 2009, Bridget was named Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Elementary Art Teacher of the Year by the Pennsylvania Art Education Association and she was chosen as Touchstone’s Artist of the Year in 2010. Bridget has exhibited her work at Touchstone Center for Crafts, Fallingwater, Bottleworks, and Dressler Center for the Arts, where she has won Best of Show and numerous other awards. She is a juried artisan for the Handmade Along the Highway program sponsored by the Lincoln Highway Association and sells her work at shops throughout western Pennsylvania.


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