Talks

Hear artists share their experiences

Scroll down for more talks on ‘Pathways to Professions’ in the Arts (and to learn about the artists), Touchstone’s Teen Week, Educators’ Retreat, and Artist Intern program.

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Closed captioning is available by clicking on the CC icon at the bottom of the videos.

Welcome video goes live at 11:00 am on 9-26-2020 and available any time after.

Opening remarks from Touchstone’s Executive Director, Lindsay K. Gates…
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Pathways to Professions in the Arts

Boris Bally and Sharif Bey videos go live at noon on 9-26-2020 and available any time after.

Boris Bally
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Sharif Bey
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Ed Claypoole, Michael Nashef, and the Phelps brothers videos go live at 2:00 pm on 9-26-2020 and available ant time after.

Ed Claypoole
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Michael Nashef
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Kyle and Kelly Phelps

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Learn about Touchstone’s Teen Week and Educators’ Retreat

Teen and Educators videos go live at 3:00 pm on 9-26-2020 and available any time after.

Learn about Touchstone’s Educators’ Retreat with Joy Knepp, glass artist and art educator
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Learn about Touchstone’s Teen Week with Karen Babyak, educator and Teen Week chaperone
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#TouchstoneTeenWeek

What do the participants say about Touchstone Center for Crafts’ Teen Week?

Click to watch a video created by students from Connellsville High School.


Hear Touchstone’s 2020 Interns and Summer Staff talk about their experience…

Benefits of Internships video goes live at 3:00 pm on 9-26-2020 and available any time after.

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Sharif Bey

Sharif Bey is an Associate Professor of Art at Syracuse University. Bey earned a B.F.A. in ceramics from Slippery Rock University, an M.F.A in studio art from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Ph.D. in art education from Penn State University. He is a teaching artist with extensive experience in ceramics, sculpture, art community programming and art teacher training. Dr. Bey has published numerous articles and has served on the editorial board of Studies in Art Education, and the Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education and is past editor of The Journal of Social Theory in Art Education. 

Over the past 15 years, he has served as a resident artist at The Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia, The McColl Center for Arts and Innovation, Hunter College, the John Michael Kohler Art Center and the Pittsburgh Glass Center. His artwork has received numerous awards and  is featured in public collections internationally. His ceramic and Mixed-media works reflect his interest in the visual heritage of Africa and Oceania, as well as contemporary African American culture.

Website: sharifbeyceramics.com
Instagram: @sharifceramics


Boris Bally

Boris Bally is a Swiss-trained goldsmith working as a contemporary metalsmith and designer in Providence, Rhode Island, where he maintains his studio business, Bally Humanufactured.  Bally’s work is a disciplined body of objects which vary from eccentric through formal to humorous, provoking thought and reflecting on some of the distortions of our ordered world. Over four decades, his practice has become an amalgam of the skills of an able industrial designer, a gifted craftsperson, a discriminating sculptor and a cultural critic.  For years, he has been organizing major art exhibitions facilitating political activism to end gun violence. 

Recently, Bally was interviewed for the Smithsonian Institution’s, “Archives of American Art: Oral History Project.”  His work has been featured in numerous international and national exhibitions and prominent publications and public collections. His artwork has earned him numerous grants and awards. 

Website: borisbally.com
Instagram: @boris_bally

Photo credit: John Burke

Ed Claypoole

Ed Claypoole has been self-employed as an artist-blacksmith for 40+ years and is the owner/operator of Atlas Forge in Hopwood, PA. While working in welding and fabrication, one scribe shifted his interest and professional path to blacksmithing. Primarily self-taught, years of trial and error have resulted in a hard earned, successful career producing exquisite decorative and functional works for corporations and private collectors. Though his skill set and portfolio are diverse, Ed prefers to specialize in ornamental architectural and large industrial tool work. A longtime friend of Touchstone, you may have seen Ed on campus showcasing his strongman skills at past hammer-ins. Outside of running his shop, Ed can be found giving back through motivational speaking to at-risk groups and at community events.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Atlas-Forge-145309755496246/


Michael Nashef

Originally from Lebanon, Michael’s family immigrated to America when he was as a young boy. He holds a B.F.A. in Metals/Jewelry Design from Kendall College of Art and Design and an M.F.A. in 3D studies from Bowling Green State University. Throughout his career, he has managed a jewelry store, worked as a CAD designer, and launched his fine jewelry company Intersecting Hearts. Michael worked as the area coordinator and lecturer at Towson University in Maryland, and is an instructor at Kalamazoo Institute of Art.

Michael is on the board of directors at Touchstone Center for Crafts and teaches workshops regularly at Touchstone along with other craft schools.

Website: nashefdesigns.com
Instagram: @Nashefm


Kyle and Kelly Phelps

Identical twin brothers, Kelly and Kyle Phelps are professors at private Catholic Universities in Ohio. They grew up in a blue-collar/factory environment in Indiana where they were inspired by the working class. The twins combine handcrafted figurative works with found objects form actual factory sites to create narratives that depict the everyday struggles of the common men and women who worked in various manufacturing plants, steel mills, and foundries. The Phelps twins have conducted many workshops at Penland, Arrowmont, Baltimore Clayworks, and Touchstone Center for Crafts. They share numerous grants, national exhibitions, and commissions. Their work is in the private collections of Michael Moore and Morgan Freeman as well as receiving respected reviews in Sculpture Magazine, Ceramics Monthly, and American Craft Magazine.

Instagram: @kyle_and_kelly_phelps

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