This workshop will be about discovering and developing YOUR voice and telling YOUR stories through clay.
The artist’s voice is often constructed with the materials, structures, colors, surfaces, and techniques he or she chooses to use. Materials, functions, tools, and firing methods will be discussed and demonstrations to improve your technical skills will be shown. Since ceramic work often presents stories of its own, your creative challenge will be to establish a conversation with it and discover where that dialogue leads. We will use mid-range electric kilns to complete some projects. This workshop is suitable for All Levels.Register Now
Yoko Sekino-Bové was born in Osaka, Japan. She worked as a graphic designer before her passion for ceramic art took her on a new path. After receiving an MFA in ceramics from the University of Oklahoma, Yoko moved to Washington, Pennsylvania, and started working from her home studio. Her porcelain work has been exhibited in galleries, museums, and most importantly, many private homes (mainly kitchens). Yoko participated in several residencies, such as the Arts/Industry residency at John Michael Kohler Art Center, the Archie Bray Foundation, and at Cerdeira Village in Portugal. Her work has also been shown in Canada, Portugal, Japan, Latvia, Turkey, Dominican Republic, and South Korea. Her works are featured in 500 Cups; 500 Platters and Chargers; 500 Teapots, volume 2; Humor in Craft, and Cast; as well as a variety of periodicals. Her technical articles are featured in the Pottery Making Illustrated magazine. Yoko also teaches ceramics at Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania.
To see more of Yoko’s work visit yokosekinobove.com
Learn to make and use different tooling for texture and embellishment with hand, sledge, and power hammer.
In this workshop, we will discuss and explore different techniques with an emphasis on controlled material isolation and movement, and how all of these processes can inform design. You will then use what you have learned to execute personal forging projects of your own design. This workshop is suitable for All Levels.Register Now
Starting his studies of metalworking in 2006, Abe Pardee received his BFA in metals from the Appalachian Center for Craft in 2010. He subsequently worked for several professional blacksmiths and completed the two-year Apprenticeship Program at the Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. In 2016, Abe opened Pardee Metal, LLC in Sparta, Tennessee, where he produces forged furniture, sculpture, home goods, and architectural ironwork. He has exhibited his work in museums and galleries around the country, is a 2010 Student Niche Award recipient, and has taught workshops at the Metal Museum and the Appalachian Center for Craft.
You will be amazed and proud of the work YOU can do in these workshops!
Cordwainer shoes are unique in the world of shoemaking. In this weeklong workshop ‘Making Classic Handmade Leather Shoes’ from July 9-13, using original tin patterns from the 1920s, students will learn about basic pattern making and then move forward from there. You will choose from an array of leathers and make your shoes to your exact foot measurement. From cutting the leather, lacing the uppers together, and then culminating with hand-lacing the soles to the uppers, your final product will leave you with a unique pair of Cordwainer shoes. This workshop is suitable for All Levels.Register Now
In this weeklong workshop ‘Leather Bag Design and Sewing’ from July 16-20, students will discover the basics of pattern making and creative ways to make knots and straps. Learning the beginning steps of sewing with leather on a portable industrial sewing machine, you will make three bags: a small zippered bag, a Molly bag, and a one-of-a-kind bag of your own design. A few of the designs offered are: cell phone purses and iPad and computer covers. This workshop is suitable for All Levels.Register Now
Molly Grant began leatherworking in her early twenties, first by working on her own and then by apprenticing at the Black Swan Leather shop in Portsmouth, New Hampshire—where she learned the basic skills of traditional leatherworking. Molly first saw Cordwainer Shoes when she was ten years old at the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair, known nationally as the oldest craft fair in the nation. She became a juried member in 1989, and participated by showing her line of handbags. There, she had the opportunity to meet Paul Mathews, owner of the Cordwainer Shop. Within a few months’ time Molly was traveling to craft shows nationally with Paul and learning the Cordwainer art. Molly still makes handbags, but the main business is teaching shoemaking workshops at the Deerfield, New Hampshire shop and at craft schools across the country.
DATE: March 7, 2018 RELEASE: IMMEDIATE
News from Touchstone Center for Crafts
Farmington, PA —
Touchstone Center for Crafts is happy to announce the selection of Lindsay Ketterer Gates as their new executive director. Lindsay comes to Touchstone from Peters Valley School of Craft in Sussex County, New Jersey where she currently serves as the Director of Development. In addition to her enthusiasm for the craft community, Lindsay brings along strong leadership skills and experience in nonprofit management to assist Touchstone in their efforts to advance excellence in the arts and crafts community. Lindsay is an enthusiastic supporter of the immersive craft experience offered at Touchstone. She states, “it is so much more than what it appears on the surface. Yes, you are attending a ‘class’ and learning a skill, but you are also in a Craft think tank with other creative minds.” Under Lindsay’s leadership, Touchstone will continue to cultivate an art and craft community with unique opportunities for emerging artists, while attracting a wide and diverse student body of learners and makers.
Lindsay is currently serving as the Vice President of the National Basketry Organization, has an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts, a graduate certificate in Arts Administration and is an MBA Candidate at Ramapo College of NJ (May 2018). She is a nationally known studio artist whose work is included in the permanent collection of the American Embassy in the Republic of Djibouti, The Museum of Art and Design in NYC, Yale University Art Gallery as well as other international collections. She recently had work on loan in the American Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan and was included in the prestigious touring exhibition ‘Innovators and Legends; Generations in Textiles and Fibers”. Her work is currently touring museums as part of the exhibition ‘Rooted, Revived, and Reinvented: Basketry in the 21st Century’. Lindsay is sought to teach and lecture nationally and has spoken and taught at the Smithsonian’s American Craft Museum – Renwick Gallery, St. Louis Art Museum, Textile Study Group of NYC, Haystack Mt. School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Crafts, Peters Valley School of Craft, SOFA Chicago and the Fiber Arts Guild of Pittsburgh. Lindsay’s work has been featured on the cover of Metalsmith Magazine and on the pages of American Craft Magazine, FiberArts, Fiber Art Now, Surface Design Journal, Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot Magazine, FIBERARTS Design Book VII, 500 Baskets, and Making Good: An Inspirational Guide to being an Artist/Craftsman to name a few. In 2005 she was awarded an Individual Creative Artists Fellowship by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, administered by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. Please visit Lindsay’s website at lindsaykgates.com to see some of her work.
Touchstone Center for Crafts is situated in the Laurel Highlands region of Southwestern Pennsylvania about 70 miles from Pittsburgh. Now enjoying its 46th year, the craft school offers weekend and weeklong workshops in traditional and emerging craft forms, along with events, symposiums, and educational programming. Touchstone recruits some of the best artists in the country to teach beginning and experienced artists a broad selection of traditional and contemporary interpretations of: blacksmithing, ceramics, glass, metals & jewelry, mosaics, painting, drawing, printmaking, fiber & paper arts, and more! Touchstone’s unique 150-acre wooded campus features art studios; the Blaney Lodge housing the Kinard library and art galleries; a variety of overnight accommodations, including cabins and dormitories; as well as many options for hosting private events. Learn more about Touchstone Center for Crafts and view the 2018 Workshop Schedule at www.touchstonecrafts.org.
For information about Touchstone Center for Crafts, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 724.329.1370.
Touchstone Center for Crafts
1049 Wharton Furnace Road
Farmington, PA 15437
A casual atmosphere makes this week at Touchstone a rewarding adventure!
Natural shapes are all around us. You can incorporate rocks, leaves, and shadows as a supporting role to any subject. Watch how easily your painting (abstract or otherwise) will come alive when the foundation is interesting. The next step is to simply fill in those shapes with color. Watercolor basics, personal expression, and a number of other fun and creative topics will be discussed. Lessons are designed to encourage you to try new color and composition approaches that will spark ordinary subjects into exciting visuals. This workshop is suitable for All Levels.Register Now
Ron Thurston won the Keystone Award and Medal in the 2014 Pennsylvania Watercolor Society’s 35th Annual International Juried Exhibition at the State Museum in Harrisburg. Watercolor Artist magazine featured eight of Ron’s paintings in the April 2014 issue. A signature member of the American Water Society, he is also a past president of the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society. He is a founding member of Pittsburgh Underwater, an exhibiting group of five, who started Watercolors Gallery—this gallery lasted for ten years. Ron has won three Aqueous Open Best of Shows and a Grumbacher Gold Medal. Ron won a silver medal at Adirondacks 2013 National Exhibition of American Watercolors and another award in 2014. He was accepted into the first five Signature American Watercolor Exhibitions at Fallbrook Gallery, Fallbrook, California. Ron’s reputation as one of the premier watercolor painters in western Pennsylvania brings many buyers to his work.
To see more of Ron’s work visit ronthurston.net