Demos 2020

• Blacksmithing • Metals & Jewelry • Frontline Paper • Plein Air Painting • Ceramics • Glass • Weaving

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Blacksmithing Demos
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Blacksmithing and bladesmithing demonstrations with Makena Henriksen and Jared Ondovchik at the Hart Moore Blacksmithing Studio.

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Metals & Jewelry Demos
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Maia Leppo demonstrates metalsmithing techniques and Jim Bové shows us how to do cuttlefish bone casting from Touchstone’s Fine Metals Studio.

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To view Frontline Paper and Plein Air Painting demos at any time, click on the videos below.

Frontline Paper Demo
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Frontline Arts brings communities together through socially conscious creations. Watch a paper making demonstration and learn about this powerful program for veterans coming to Touchstone in 2021 with Ron Erickson. If you would like to be put on a waiting list, email

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Plein Air Painting Demo
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William Pfahl and Ron Donoughe lead a plein air painting session outside the Robert Little painting studio on Touchstone’s campus with Touchstone Intern, Julia Castor and Marketing Manager, Dean Simpson.

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To view Ceramics and Glass demos at any time, click on the videos below.

Ceramics Demos
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Kevin Rhode and Travis Winters demonstrate ceramic sculpture techniques while Yoshi Fujii shows us his technique for surface designs from Touchstone’s Ceramics Studio.

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Glass Demos
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Joy Knepp and Ed Eberhardt are playing with fire in this demonstration from the Susan Brimo Cox Glass Studio.

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Gather common items you may have around the home and join in by watching the video below.

Weaving on a Cardboard Loom

Fun Hands-on Activity with Artist & Craftsman Supply

Join Artist & Craftsman Supply and Touchstone Center for Crafts to learn how to make your own simple cardboard loom at home! We’ll craft our own looms and cover some of the basics of planning, setting up, and weaving through your projects. Simple and scalable, cardboard looms are a great introduction to basic weaving activities like festive wall hangs and cozy potholders.

This project is appropriate for all ages and skill levels. Children under 10 will need adult supervision.

Grab the materials listed below and join in!
Cardboard Loom Supply List
  • Rectangular or Square Piece of Cardboard (Approx. between 6 and 12 inches)
  • String or Twine (No Sewing Thread) 
  • Various colors of Yarn, or strips of Fabric
  • Tape (Scotch, Masking, or Painters)
  • Pencil or Pen
  • Ruler (at least 12 inches) 
  • Tapestry Needle, or Popsicle Stick
  • Scissors
  • 2 Dowel Rods, Straws, or 1 inch strips of Cardboard
  • 1 Stick (Approx. 6 to 8 inches)

Thank You to Artist & Craftsman Supply!

Learn more about the artists

Jim Bové

Jim Bové is a practicing artist and educator living just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is an Associate Professor at California University of Pennsylvania and served as a board member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG). Jim has organized and curated several international exhibitions and lectures between the United States and Japan, including the cross-cultural exchange, Metalsmiths Linking. Jim has taught workshops and given demonstrations at Touchstone for many years.

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Instagram @jimbo_ve

Ron Donoughe

Ron Donoughe has been painting the Western PA landscape for nearly 30 years. He has taught outdoor painting workshops at Touchstone and throughout the US and France. Ron is a Distinguished Alumni of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has won numerous awards for his work. Ron is a member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and his work can be found in many corporate and private collections as well as The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, The Duquesne Club, and The University Museum at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Most recently, his collection of 90 Pittsburgh Neighborhoods’ has been acquired by the Heinz History Center as a permanent exhibition.

Instagram @rdonoughe

Ed Eberhardt

Edward Eberhardt is a lampworker from Pennsylvania. Ed first found his love for craft working in restaurants, on the line, assembling hundreds of hoagies a day. Ed was hired in the kitchen at Touchstone Center for Crafts in 2017 where he spent his after-work hours in the glass studio. In 2019, he served as the Culinary Manager. Ed found his love for glass here at Touchstone, and although spending the winter in a shed making marbles and pendants was a great time, he would much rather be here in the Susan Brimo Cox Studio.

Instagram @eazyglass 

Frontline Arts

Frontline Paper began in 2011 as Combat Paper NJ. CPNJ was founded by veteran artists and activists, Eli Wright and David Keefe. With inspiration from master  papermaker Drew Mattot, and Drew Cameron’s traveling project called Combat Paper  Project, Eli and Dave built a unique community-oriented papermaking program that connects veterans and non-veterans from all eras through the transformational  practice of making handmade paper from military uniforms, creative writing, and  printmaking via the profound connection over making and telling stories together.  Through a process of deconstruction, reclamation, and communication, Veterans connect with non-veterans, by sharing their personal stories through handmade paper, printmaking, and participatory artmaking. Combat Paper NJ became Frontline Paper in 2017.

Instagram @frontlineartsstudio

Click to see examples of artwork created during a Frontline Paper workshop.

Yoshi Fujii

Yoshi Fujii, from Fukuoka, Japan, earned a B.F.A. from University of Southern Mississippi and a M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He was a resident artist and instructor at Baltimore Clayworks in Maryland for 8 successful years until he accepted his teaching residency in U.A.E. in 2016. While Yoshi leads workshops and demonstrations at colleges and arts organizations including Touchstone and the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, his delicately carved functional and sculptural art pieces have been published, exhibited, and collected internationally.

Instagram @yoshifujiiceramics

Makena Henriksen

Makena Henriksen is a metalsmith and maker from the Pacific Northwest whose work is inspired by the natural world and functional artisanry. After an 8-week concentration at Penland School of Crafts in NC, Mak apprenticed in Seattle with Alair Wells of Tinder Heart Metals and Design for two years. In 2019, Mak was the Blacksmithing Assistant at Touchstone and returned for a second summer in 2020.

Instagram @nettlefireforge

Joy Knepp

Joy has been working as a glass artist for more than 15 years and is a retired art educator. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Art and Education from Pennsylvania State University and also studied at Pittsburgh Glass Center, Goggleworks in Reading, PA and various workshops sponsored by the International Society of Glass beadmakers.  Her work has been exhibited and sold in galleries throughout the U.S. Joy is a member of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers, the Three Rivers Glass Beadmakers, PA Art Education Association and the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh. Joy is on the board of directors at Touchstone and teaches workshops there regularly.

Etsy Site:
Instagram @joyknepp

Maia Leppo

Maia Leppo graduated from Tufts University in 2008 with a degree in Biology and Community Health. She received training in jewelry and metals from various craft schools, including Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Pocosin Arts, Penland School of Crafts and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. She received her Masters of Fine Art from SUNY New Paltz. She currently works out of her studio at the Brew House Association on the south side of Pittsburgh and teaches workshops regularly at Touchstone and other craft schools across the U.S.

Instagram @maialeppo

Jared Ondovchik

Jared is a blacksmith and bladesmith from Pittsburgh, PA. He is the owner and operator of Artifact Metalworks LLC and his blades are sought after by collectors around the country. Jared has been instructing bladesmithing workshops at Touchstone for several years.

Instagram @artifactmetalworks

William Pfahl

Bill holds a BFA in painting from RISD and is a member of the AAP and PSA. His passion in his creative life is painting from direct observation, exploring the environment, and responding to it in the moment. He has been painting plein air cityscapes since 1989 and recently completed 40 paintings of Sharpsburg street scenes. Bill is actively engaged with fellow artists, painting and drawing from the model and in active critiques. Bill was Touchstone’s 2015 Artist of the Year and he has been offering workshops there for many years.

Instagram @william_pfahlfineart

Kevin Rhode

Kevin is a Sculptor and ceramist living in Baltimore, MD. He received his BA from Keystone College and his MFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Kevin has completed numerous residencies at art centers such as Northern Clay Center (MN), Baltimore Clayworks (MD), Tainan National University of the Arts (Taiwan), Red Lodge Clay Center (MT), and most recently Watershed center for the Ceramic Arts (ME). He maintains a rigorous studio practice, exhibiting internationally, and teaching workshops around the country. Kevin is currently the Artist and Education Associate at Baltimore Clayworks, and Adjunct Professor of Ceramics at Towson University in Towson, MD.

Instagram @kevinjrohde

Travis Winters

Travis Winters is a ceramic artist and Programs Manager at Touchstone Center for Crafts in southwestern Pennsylvania.  Originally from Corning, NY, he found his fascination for working in clay at community college and later went on to receive BA from Buffalo State College and an MFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Working primarily with animals and figures, he creates figures based on mundane day-to-day life, past struggles and real people. Winters exhibits work nationally and has shown at Baltimore Clayworks in Baltimore, MD, The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA, The Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA, The Baton Rouge Gallery in Baton Rouge, LA, and the AMOCA Museum in Pomona, CA. Travis was the Lormina Salter Fellowship Artist at Baltimore Clayworks, long term Resident at Odyssey Clayworks in Asheville, NC, a Kiln God Summer Resident at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in New Castle ME and a Short-Term Resident Artist at Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, MT.

Instagram @traviswintersceramics

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