Virtual Workshops

Are you missing human interaction and in person learning opportunities due to the pandemic? We may have the solution to help clear up the COVID Blues!

New for 2021, Touchstone Center for Crafts is bringing the workshop experience directly to your home through our Virtual Workshop Series. These workshops feature renowned artists from across the country giving exciting interactive demonstrations and talks. For In-person workshops visit TOUCHSTONECRAFTS.ORG

METALS & JEWELRY

Tuesday, March 30
6:30pm-8:30pm Eastern

Bead Setting 101

Instructor: Everett Hoffman
artwork by Everett Hoffman

All Levels
$60 Tuition

Learn the fundamentals of bead settings, setting cubic zirconia. Working from samples in brass Everett will demonstrate how to ornament your work by setting multiple stones using the technique of bead setting. During this two-hour workshop, students will learn how to properly lay out a setting pattern on curved surface, cut seats, and form metal over stones.

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METALS & JEWELRY

Tuesday, April 6
6:30pm-8:30pm Eastern

Steel Earrings in a Day

Instructor: Maia Leppo
artwork by Maia Leppo

All Levels
$60 Tuition

$30 Materials Fee *Kit Optional*
*If you plan to purchase a materials kit, please register before March 23.
Explore the use of steel as an affordable, lightweight alternative material for a variety of earrings. Learn, experiment with, and apply different soldering and fabricating methods with 20g-10g steel wires. Personalize your earrings with handy, non-toxic finishing techniques and added accents of your choice.

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METALS & JEWELRY

Tuesday, April 13
6:30pm-8:30pm Eastern

Concretion
(Jewelry with Concrete)

Instructor: Michael Nashef
artwork by Michael Nashef

All Levels
$60 Tuition

Explore the possibilities and processes of introducing alternative materials into jewelry and small object making. Gain skills using concrete/cement in conjunction with color dyes to create colorful pieces. Apply traditional and advanced mold making techniques with 3-D printed materials and spend time exploring and creating unique designs.

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All of our Virtual Workshops will be hosted on Zoom and the recorded session will be available for up to 1-month after the class. Students looking to participate must have a Zoom compatible device and a strong/reliable internet connection. Links to the Zoom Session will be emailed to participants upon registration to the workshop. We ask that participants do not share the Zoom Link. If you need assistance using Zoom or have questions in regards to our Virtual Workshop series please feel free to reach out to our Programs Manager, Travis Winters, at twinters@touchstonecrafts.org.

DRAWING & PAINTING

Tuesday, April 20
6:30pm-8:30pm Eastern

Creating Narratives
in Portraiture

Instructor: Phil Ashworth
artwork by Phil Ashworth

Intermediate Level
$60 Tuition

Take a look at how artists have successfully told stories about the subjects in their art. Create pieces based on either someone we know, or someone we know something about, that gives us insight to who they are. We’ll go over how expression, composition, lighting, mark making and color are all useful tools in giving an image emotional power and assist in the story telling and then apply these techniques to our pieces.

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DRAWING & PAINTING

Tuesday, April 27
6:30pm-8:30pm Eastern

Drawing Pussy Willows

Instructor: Robin Menard
artwork by Robin Menard

All Levels
$60 Tuition

Gather your paper and colored pencils, and join botanical illustrator Robin Menard as we draw a branch of pussy willows. All experience levels and ages are welcome to join in this step-by-step workshop.

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For In-person Workshops visit TOUCHSTONECRAFTS.ORG

CERAMICS

Tuesday, May 4
6:30pm-8:30pm Eastern

Drape and Drop Molds

Instructor: Julie Wiggins
artwork by Julie Wiggins

Intermediate Level
$60 Tuition

$30 Materials Fee *Optional*
In this 2-hour virtual workshop Julie will demonstrate hand building techniques using a variety molds. We will focus on drape and drop methods for making pottery for the home.

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CERAMICS

Tuesday, May 11
6:30pm-8:30pm Eastern

Wheel Throwing
Large Pitchers

Instructor: Nathan Willever
artwork by Nathan Willever

All Levels
$60 Tuition

In this workshop Nate will demonstrate making large pitchers. The pitchers will be thrown in two sections in a process called “stacking”.  Pulling spouts and handles will be shown, as well as how to slip pots at the leather hard stage.

Materials List to be provided

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CERAMICS

Tuesday, May 18
6:30pm-8:30pm Eastern

Playing with Surface: Texture, Carving, and Layering

Instructor: Benjamin Lambert
artwork by Benjamin Lambert

All Levels
$60 Tuition

In this 2-hour workshop, Ben will demonstrate how to develop surfaces on ceramic sculptures with texture, carving, and layering techniques. Scroll down to learn more information about this workshop.

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CERAMICS

Tuesday, May 25
6:30pm-8:30pm Eastern

Handbuilding a Pitcher
and Drip Cone Set

Instructor: Melissa Weiss
artwork by Melissa Weiss

All Levels
$60 Tuition

In this 2-hour virtual workshop Melissa will be demonstrating how to handbuild a pitcher and drip cone using coil and pinching techniques. She will focus on creating a good pourable spout and comfortable handle.

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METALS & JEWELRY

This workshop was rescheduled:
Tuesday, June 1
6:30pm-8:30pm Eastern

Easy Basket Setting
for Rose Cut Stone

Instructor: Elizabeth Tokoly
artwork by Elizabeth Tokoly

Intermediate Level
$60 Tuition

Stones are a great way to add color and dimension to your work. This workshop will introduce students to a method of easy basket stone setting.

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METALS & JEWELRY

Tuesday, August 3
6:30pm-8:30pm Eastern

The Tin Can Can-Can

Instructor: Marlene True
artwork by Marlene True

All Levels
$60 Tuition

$30 Materials Fee *Optional*
Description and materials list to follow.
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Previous Virtual Workshops

CERAMICS

This workshop is no longer open for enrollment

Tuesday, March 16
6:30pm-8:30pm Eastern

Handbuilding
Expressive Cups

Instructor: Travis Winters
artwork by Travis Winters

All Levels
$60 Tuition

In this short 2-hour workshop we will be exploring Travis’ methods for handbuilding unique and expressive cups. In order to create our cups, we will be using different slab building techniques as well as learning how to alter our slab built forms. Through the addition of facial features you will learn new modeling skills that can be used in a variety of work.

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METALS & JEWELRY

This workshop is no longer open for enrollment

Tuesday, March 23
6:30pm-8:30pm Eastern

The Universally Useful
Universal Joint

Instructor: Tom Muir
artwork by Tom Muir

All Levels
$60 Tuition

A Universal joint is a joint or coupling that allows parts not in line with each other limited freedom of movement in any direction while being capable of transmitting rotary motion. Universal joints are particularly well suited for linking and hinge devices for kinetic sculpture, jewelry, or objects where a flexible joint, swivel or hinging action is useful or desirable.

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About the Instructors

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.

Instructor website: travis-winters.com
Instagram: @traviswintersceramics

More about Tom Muir’s Workshop… Through technical demonstrations, discussions, slides and an examination of U-joint samples, special emphasis will be placed on problem-solving and creative applications in a variety of formats and approaches. Engineering and mechanical principles of universal joints and swivels are discussed, along with useful soldering and fabrication strategies which can be applied to numerous procedures, in the jeweler’s, metalsmith’s, and sculptor’s studios.

Tom Muir is Distinguished Research Professor at Bowling Green State University, where he is head of the Jewelry and Metalsmithing area in the School of Art. He received his MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington, and his BFA degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta. Mr. Muir has lectured and taught widely, holding positions at universities and craft schools around the country. His award-winning work has been published and exhibited extensively in art, craft and design exhibitions, in which he has received numerous awards. Collections include the Art Institute of Chicago, Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution and The White House Collection of American Crafts, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. He is the recipient of an Arts Midwest/National Endowment for the Arts Regional Artist Fellowship, Michigan Council for the Arts Fellowship, and numerous Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship Awards. In 2009, Tom received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Ohio Designer Craftsmen for having made a major contribution to craft in Ohio.

Instructor website: tommuir.org
Instagram: @tommuirmetalsmith

Everett Hoffman is an artist, writer, and independent curator. He is currently a Resident Artist at Penland School of Craft, where he lives with his partner Adam and their cat Snarf. He has completed a number of residences including at Arrrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and the Baltimore Jewelry Center. He received his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University 2018, and has exhibited work throughout the United States and Internationally.

Instructor website: everetthoffman.net
Instagram: @everettHoffman

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 and her Masters of Fine Art from SUNY New Paltz.  She has participated in artist residencies at Arrowmont and Fallingwater and has taught around the country including Penland, Arrowmont, Pocosin, and Touchstone.  She currently works out of her studio in the Brewhouse Association on the south side of Pittsburgh.

Instructor website: maialeppo.com
Instagram: @maialeppo

Michael Nashef earned his B.F.A. in Metals/Jewelry Design from Kendall College of Art and Design. Throughout his career, Michael Nashef has managed a jewelry store, worked as a CAD designer, and launched his fine jewelry company Intersecting Hearts, during which he taught as an adjunct instructor, where he found his passion for teaching and academia, that led him to pursue his M.F.A. in 3D studies from Bowling Green State University. Michael worked as the area coordinator and lecturer at Towson University in Maryland, and currently is an adjunct instructor at Western University.

Instructor website: nashefdesigns.com
Instagram: @nashefm

Phil Ashworth. After graduating from The Rhode Island School of Design in 2008 with a BFA in illustration, Phil Ashworth made his way to Brooklyn, NY to chase that big city dream. Since then his work has appeared on books, magazines, posters, skateboards, apparel and in various gallery shows throughout the US. His illustrations have been recognized by American Illustration, 3X3, the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles and have also been featured in The New York Times Fashion & Style, NPR’s Studio 360, and Bloomberg Businessweek. He is available for commissions and movie marathons.

Instructor website: philashworth.com
Instagram: @philashworthstudio

Robin Menard shares her love of nature through her art and teaching. A lifelong artist, Robin is a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. She has a Certificate in Botanical Illustration from Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, where she is a core drawing instructor in their Botanical Illustration Certificate program. Robin offers workshops throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania. Past workshops include Phipps Conservatory’s BioBlitz, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership/Office of Public Art, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Shaler North Hills Library, Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus, and Winchester Thurston School’s City is Our Campus program. She is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists, the Allegheny Highlands Botanical Art Society, and the Colored Pencil Society of America. 

Instructor website
Instagram: @robinmenardart

Julie Wiggins is a full time studio potter living and working in Charlotte, North Carolina.  She graduated from East Carolina University in 2001 with a BFA in Ceramics. In 2005, she received an honorary degree from the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in China, where she focused her studies on traditional Eastern techniques. Julie works in porcelain on and off the wheel making pots for the home. Her work is inspired by connections with people, travels, nature, food and historical pots.  Together, these influences help to create a body of work that reflects memories, movement, and love of life.

Instructor website: juliewigginspottery.com
Instagram: @juliewigginspottery

Nathan Willever was raised in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Maine College of Art. His functional pottery made from local materials have been featured in numerous national exhibitions and publications such as the Ceramics Monthly, Pottery Making Illustrated and Clay Times. In 2019 he was selected to be a Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artist. He has taught workshops at institutions such as Ox-Bow School of Art and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. In 2018 he was selected by Haystack to be a guest artist at The Shigaraki Ceramic Culture Park in Shigaraki, Japan. He was awarded The 2018 Sybille Zeldin Fellowship at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. In 2019 he was a Windgate Scholar at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts. Nathan is currently a long term Resident at The Clay Studio.

Instructor website: nathanwillever.com
Instagram: @natewillever

More about Ben Lambert’s Workshop… Ben’s surfacing takes advantage of the leather hard stage and the bisque stage to create a layered multi-color patina. He will introduce some commercial and found tools to carve and texture the surface in preparation for layering underglaze. He will demonstrate how to manipulate underglaze layers and approach applying glaze materials such as soda-ash, borax, wood-ash and clear glaze.

Benjamin Lambert is currently an assistant professor of Art at Baldwin Wallace University, in Berea, OH where he teaches ceramics and sculpture. He lives in Berea with his wife and two kids. Benjamin grew up in the small, rural town of Greene, Maine, spending time exploring the woods and rivers around his home. In 2008, he received a B.F.A. with a concentration in ceramics from the University of Southern Maine. Between schooling, he maintained an active studio practice in Portland, Maine.  In 2010, he worked as a summer staff member at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, in Newcastle, Maine.  He completed an MFA in Ceramics and Sculpture in 2015 at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA

Instructor bio to come

Instructor website: blamceramics.com
Instagram: @blam_ceramics

Melissa Weiss is a full-time studio artist and mom, originally from NY. She received her BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. Melissa currently resides in Asheville, NC where she runs South Side Studios, a studio housing over 20 artists in an 8000 square foot warehouse. Melissa makes functional high fired pots from clay she digs on her land in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. Melissa has spent the last 12 years learning how to fire wood and gas fueled kilns. She makes all her own clay, glazes and slips and fires them in gas and wood fired reduction kilns to cone 10.

Instructor website: melissaweisspottery.com
Instagram: @melissaweisspottery

Marlene True

Instructor bio to come

Instructor website: marlenetrue.com
Instagram: @marlenetrue

Elizabeth Tokoly is a graduate from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. She is the founder of EatMetal Art Jewelry Gallery and Metals Studio. Her work exhibits nationally and can be found at events such as One of a Kind Chicago, Craft NY, and Peter’s Valley Fine Art Market. Elizabeth is an educator at 92nd St Y, Visual Arts Center of Summit, and The Art School of Old Church. She conducts workshops at Peter’s Valley School of Craft, Snowfarm School of Craft and Touchstone School of Craft. Elizabeth is published in numerous jewelry books and magazines such as MJSA, Metalsmith, British Vogue, 500 Earrings, and Lapidary Journal. Elizabeth’s Japanese Hexagonal Collar is on the cover of Chain Mail Jewelry Contemporary designs from Classic Techniques, with over 1200 jump rings making up her design.

Elizabeth’s artistic approach is through math and nature. She loves to break down the raw beauty of nature into simple elements. Elizabeth uses techniques such as forging, forming, replicating, growing and simplifying to create intricate designs. Her pieces use simple lines, primary shapes and structures in which the growth of these forms create original and unique pieces of wearable art. Her work is edgy, classic and timeless.

Elizabeth’s gallery is open daily to view her limited edition collections and one of a kind, she works with clients on heirloom custom remodels and bespoke pieces. Her gallery is located in Hoboken, NJ.

Instructor website: eatmetal.org
Instagram: @eatmetalinc

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