Blacksmithing Open Studio - Members Only

Touchstone Center for Crafts

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - Saturday, July 30, 2016
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - Saturday, July 30, 2016
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437

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What's Included

The Open Studio Program offers students full access to all equipment in the studio once they demonstrate safe and proper use of the tools. Material can be purchased from Touchstone, prices are posted in the studio, or participants can bring their own material. Pricing is $10.00/hour for members and $12.00/hour for non-members (3 hour minimum). The Hart-Moore Blacksmith Studio will be open from 9:00 am until 10:00 pm with one hour closings at lunch (12:00 pm – 1:00 pm) and dinner (5:00 pm – 6:00 pm). Studio Cleanup will be at 10:00 pm. Students can use the studio to make any project they desire but should not expect extensive instruction. For this block of open studio time there will be demos and instructions on how to make tools for the blacksmith. The open studio will focus on making: hammers, tongs, chisels, punches, and drifts. Nick Ireys and Anna Koplik will be leading the demos and open studio time. All students have the option to participate in the demos, but it is not required. There will be instruction throughout the days on this topic and student will have individual help throughout the open studio time. For students that show up for different blocks and are interested in tool making there will be several repeated demos. If you have questions about the Blacksmith Open Studio Program, please contact Nick Ireys, Studio Fellow via e-mail at

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Touchstone is located in Farmington, Pennsylvania, amid the natural splendor of the Laurel Highlands. Founded in 1972 as the Pioneer Crafts Council, Touchstone's original mission was to foster interest in the preservation of the traditional craft forms and culture of the Appalachian region. Today, the craft school has expanded to include a wide variety of traditional and emerging craft forms, including blacksmithing, ceramics, metal, jewelry, textiles, glass, painting, mosaics, and printmaking. In addition to offering seasonal craft courses taught by nationally renowned artisans, Touchstone provides underserved audiences in the region, from senior citizens to public school students, with craft-centered educational programming. Touchstone's artistic, educational, and residential facilities sit on 150 acres of lush woodlands and pristine wilderness. The campus is covered with towering trees, unique rock formations, and wildflower meadows, and is crossed by McIntyre Run, a rushing stream.


Not only is Touchstone Center for Crafts the only residential craft school in Pennsylvania, it's the natural setting for your creative nature.


Touchstone's mission is to advance excellence in the arts and crafts by educating and encouraging individuals to develop technical skills, good design, and innovative expression. To realize this mission, the school offers workshops, exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, and other forms of artistic and educational programming throughout the year. Dedicated to achieving national prominence and local relevance, Touchstone strives for national distinction by recruiting some of the best artists in the country to teach high-quality craft workshops that attract a geographically diverse audience. The organization strives for local relevance by providing educational and outreach programming that serves a wide variety of the underserved populations in Fayette County and other parts of southwestern Pennsylvania.

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