FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: January 25, 2018
Allegany Arts Council in Cumberland, Maryland Partners with Touchstone Center for Crafts for a Unique Exhibition
Cumberland, MD — Get a Taste of what Touchstone has to offer in 2018! Visit The Allegany Arts Council’s Saville Gallery in Cumberland, MD for an exhibition showcasing the wide range of diversity and talent that Touchstone brings to campus each year! The Allegany Arts Council has teamed up with Pennsylvania’s Touchstone Center for Crafts for an eclectic exhibition of artwork from artists who are teaching or have studied at the residential craft school. The show begins Feb. 3 and concludes Feb. 17 at the Allegany Arts Council’s Saville Gallery in Cumberland, Maryland. Displayed artwork includes Blacksmithing, Ceramics, Glass, Metals & Jewelry, and other mediums. Items will be available for sale.
A public reception is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 10 from 6-8pm. This event is open to the public and refreshments will be served. Please call 301-777-2787 or email email@example.com for more information about the event. For more information about Touchstone Center for Crafts, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 724.329.1370.
Touchstone Center for Crafts is a residential crafts school located in Farmington, Pa. Now enjoying its 46th year, Touchstone’s workshops include a broad cross-section of traditional and contemporary interpretations of blacksmithing, ceramics, fiber & paper arts, glass, metals and jewelry, mosaics, painting, drawing, printmaking, woodworking, and more for beginners and experienced artists. Touchstone’s 150-acre wooded campus is situated in the popular Laurel Highlands of Southwestern Pennsylvania, just east of Uniontown and about 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. The campus features art studios; the Blaney Lodge housing the Kinard library and galleries; and a variety of overnight accommodations, including cabins and dormitories. Learn more about Touchstone Center for Crafts and view the 2018 Workshop Schedule at www.touchstonecrafts.org.
Since 1975, the Allegany Arts Council has been the official “umbrella” organization for the arts in Allegany County, Maryland. The Arts Council is headquartered in the heart of Downtown Cumberland at 9 N. Centre Street, and is one of several anchors in the City’s vibrant Arts & Entertainment District. At this same location, the Allegany Arts Council also maintains professional exhibition spaces, the Saville Gallery and the Schwab Mountain Maryland Gallery, that feature the artwork of local, regional and national artists. Visitors are always welcome! For more information, visit www.alleganyartscouncil.org.
Since childhood, Drew Lavercombe has been compelled to create. After experimenting with many mediums, it was not until he attended school for aviation maintenance technology in 2013, that he discovered his love for metalsmithing. Since this discovery Drew has devoted his time and energy to honing his skills as a metalsmith. In the summer of 2017 he served as the metals studio technician at Touchstone Center for Crafts and then as the Center’s resident artist in the Fall of 2017. His body of work is eclectic in nature; and many of his pieces center thematically around time and our relationship to it. In addition to his love for creating, Drew deeply enjoys teaching and sharing his knowledge of the craft with anyone who has a desire to learn.
Drew will be teaching From Ephemeral to Eternal: An Introduction to Organic Casting at Touchstone from August 31–September 3, 2018. In this workshop, students will learn the basics of spruing, investing, burnouts, and casting using organic objects from Touchstone’s beautiful campus. Utilizing the vacuum casting machine, we will be able to capture incredible detail while learning this versatile and exciting technique. We will discuss the trials and tribulations of casting as well as the tricks to make your casting experience flow smoothly. This workshop is suitable for All Levels.
Originally from rural Minnesota, Stacy Larson ventured to the east coast where she attended Syracuse University. She received her BFA, double majoring in ceramics and jewelry/metalsmithing, with a minor in retail management. Stacy has received several awards and scholarships for furthering her ceramic studies, including residencies at the Chautauqua School of Art in New York, as well as the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China. Last summer, she worked as the studio fellow at Touchstone Center for Crafts. Her work has been shown in galleries in New York, Florida, and Pennsylvania. Stacy has also been featured on a local WEDU PBS Arts Plus episode during her artist residency in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Stacy will be teaching Introductory Wheel Throwing at Touchstone from July 30-August 3, 2018. In this workshop, students will learn the basic process of throwing, shaping, and trimming pottery on the wheel. Explore clay as a medium through creating a variety of forms, including bowls, cups, mugs, and more. You may also learn some decorating and altering techniques. This class is perfect for beginners with little or no experience and also for students wanting to further develop their throwing skills.
Daniel Tomcik is a functional potter born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Daniel started working in clay at California University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his BFA with a concentration in ceramics under Richard Miecznikowski. While in college, Daniel worked at Standard Ceramic Supply Company as the lab tech intern from 2013-2015. He was a resident artist at Touchstone Center for Crafts in 2014 and also worked at Touchstone as a studio assistant in 2014 and 2015. Late 2015, Daniel moved to Baltimore, Maryland to study under Jim Dugan as the wood kiln assistant at Baltimore Clayworks, firing the Noborigama nearly every weekend. Summer 2016, Daniel was accepted to Watershed Ceramics as studio staff for the season. Upon returning to Pennsylvania, he moved to Touchstone to complete an intensive residency focusing on local clays; and atmospheric, reduction firing, and cooling. He currently lives in Pittsburgh and is also Touchstone’s Facilities and Grounds Coordinator.
To see more of Dan’s work follow him on Instagram @tomcikpots
Dan Scully is a wood fire potter originally from Connecticut. Dan earned his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2015. While in college, he began wood firing in the two-chamber Noborigama at Baltimore Clayworks. Dan’s practice is grounded in the belief that pots can play an integral part in our lives as they each tell a story unique to their journey through the flames. Dan was a resident artist and wood kiln manager at Baltimore Clayworks before coming to Touchstone for the 2017 season as a Ceramics Studio Technician. He now lives in Connecticut.
Dan and Dan will be teaching Fire on the Mountain at Touchstone from May 18–20, 2018. In this workshop, students will work together to load and fire the Touchstone two-chamber Noborigama kiln. You will sign up for shifts—two folks per shift—and work as a team to move wood, stoke, and introduce soda into the second chamber; ultimately, crushing some cones! All pots must be bisque fired and ready to glaze starting Friday morning. Loading will take place Friday and we will start candling late that night, firing thru to Sunday. Sunday evening temperatures in both chambers will level out, and we plan to “soak” the kiln in the range of cones 10 to 11. After the soak, the focus will move to sealing the kiln for down-firing in reduction to 1700 degrees allowing deep surface and trailing. One share constitutes kiln space of about 3 cubic feet. When loading the kiln we tend to only fire plates that stack, wadded on top of one another. Work that is taller than 9 inches can only be loaded on the top shelf, leaving limited space for larger items. Bring pieces made from cone 10 clay only! This workshop is suitable for All Levels.
Anna Koplik graduated from Pratt Institute with a BFA in jewelry and has studied blacksmithing and bladesmithing at Peters Valley School of Craft and New England School of Metalwork. She has worked as the blacksmithing assistant at Peters Valley School of Craft, as an apprentice with Ed Claypoole at Atlas Forge in Hopwood, Pennsylvania; and the blacksmithing technician at Touchstone Center for Crafts for two seasons. Anna is currently working as a blacksmith at Spirit Ironworks, Inc. in Long Island, New York.
Anna will be teaching Introduction to Blacksmithing at Touchstone from July 9–13, 2018. Do you want to learn how to work a coal forge, swing a hammer at the anvil, and heat and forge steel? Then join us for this workshop as we go over these basic blacksmithing skills. We will cover “J” and “S” hooks, leaves, a bottle opener as well as a more complicated project, such as a steak turner, fork, spoon, or another tool. This workshop is suitable for All Levels.