2020 Virtual Open House





Saturday, September 26, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Eastern)

To enjoy and participate in the Virtual Open House, please visit this page from 11am-4pm on Saturday, Sept. 26th and

Watch the Live Streams

Click to watch the video on Saturday, September 26th or any time after
Robert Little Studio

EXPLORE Touchstone’s beautiful 150-acre campus and well-equipped studios without leaving the safety of your home. Learn about things to do in the Laurel Highlands.

Iron Gate Gallery

DISCOVER new artists, techniques, opportunities, and browse our virtual gallery exhibition. Hear conversations with professional and emerging artists.

Glen Gardner, blacksmithing instructor

PARTICIPATE in online art activities and view demonstrations in blacksmithing, ceramics, glass, metals & jewelry, and plein air painting. Watch a live stream of the noborigama wood kiln being unloaded!

Cheryl Capezzuti puppets from 2017

EXPERIENCE what it’s like to be a part of the creative community and have a chance to share your Touchstone Experience!

Pictured in header: Touchstone Intern Makena Henriksen giving a blacksmithing demo and Pittsburgh artist Jake Erie giving a glass demo during Touchstone’s 2019 Open House.

Frontline Arts, Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau, Boris Bally, Sharif Bey, Ed Claypoole, Ron Donoughe, Yoshi Fuji, Joy Knepp, Maia Leppo, Michael Nashef, Jared Ondovchik, William Pfahl, Kyle and Kelly Phelps, Kevin Rhode, Touchstone Friends, Interns and Staff, and more!

Due to scheduling conflicts, the puppet making activity and nature walk have been postponed.

Schedule of Events

Subject to Change

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM:
Live Noborigama Cam

11:00 AM:
Studio Tours

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM:
Blacksmithing Studio Demos
Metalsmithing Studio Demos

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM:
Intern Gallery Exhibition & Sale

12:00 – 1:00 PM:
Pathways to Professions Talk part 1

1:00 – 2:00 PM:
Plein Air Painting Demos (1.5 hrs)
Artist & Craftsman Supply Hands-on Activity*
Explore the area: with Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau

2:00 – 3:00 PM:
Frontline Paper Demo
Pathways to Professions Talk part 2

2:30 – 4:00 PM:
Glass Studio Demos
Ceramics Studio Demos

3:00 PM:
Learn about Touchstone’s Teen Week and Educators’ Retreat

Please check back,
schedule will be adjusted.

*Registration is required for hands-on activities.  Materials lists will be provided.

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Thank You to Our Open House Sponsors and Supporters

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Touchstone Open House Sponsors

Touchstone Center for Crafts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance excellence in the arts and crafts by educating and encouraging individuals to develop technical skills, good design, and innovative expression.


Touchstone Center for Crafts is a unique three-seasons craft school located 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh in the beautiful mountains of the Laurel Highlands. For more information,

Visit touchstonecrafts.org


Campus is currently closed to the public. We look forward to welcoming you back when it is safe to do so!

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Farmington, PA 15437

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