Fire on the Mountain - Jeremy Wallace and Dan Tomcik

Touchstone Center for Crafts

Friday, May 6, 2016 - Sunday, May 8, 2016
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437
Friday, May 6, 2016 - Sunday, May 8, 2016
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437

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What's Included

During this hands-on workshop, we will work together to fire Touchstone’s two-chamber Noborigama kiln. Students will sign up for shifts and work as a team to spoke, move wood, salt and soda the second chamber, and ultimately, crush some cones! One share constitutes kiln space equal to 12 inches by 12 inches by 60 inches. All pots must be bisque fired and ready to glaze starting Friday morning. Bring pieces made from cone 10 clay only! Jeremy Wallace is a wood fire potter and current artist-in-residences at Baltimore Clayworks in Baltimore, Maryland. Jeremy grew up in Duluth, Minnesota where he began working with clay at Lake Superior Community College. In the fall of 2009, Jeremy went on to finish his BFA with a concentration in ceramics from the University of Wisconsin, Superior. From 2011 through 2013 he worked as a wood-fire assistant to Jim Dugan and teacher at Baltimore Clayworks. Between August of 2013 and July of 2014 Jeremy completed a residency at the Morean Center for Clay, under the guidance of Matthew Schiemann and Adam Youngbluth. Jeremy returned to Baltimore in 2014 where he received the 2014–2015 Lormina Salter Fellowship at Baltimore Clayworks. Daniel Tomcik is a functional potter born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is currently working at Baltimore Clayworks as the wood-fire assistant to Jim Dugan. Daniel started working in clay at California University of Pennsylvania. There, Daniel finished his BFA with a concentration in ceramics under Richard Miecznikowski in 2015. While in college, Daniel worked at Standard Ceramic Supply Company as the lab tech intern from 2013-2015. He also completed a term as a resident artist at Touchstone Center for Crafts in 2014 and worked at Touchstone as a studio assistant in 2014 and 2015.

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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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