Melting Faces - Chad Parker

Touchstone Center for Crafts

Friday, September 2, 2016 - Monday, September 5, 2016
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437
Friday, September 2, 2016 - Monday, September 5, 2016
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437

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What's Included

Carry your “smileZ” with you all day long after Chad shows you how he uses the compression technique to draw his “monsterZ” on solid glass and melt them into marbles or pendants. This same technique can be used for flowers, words, or almost anything you can imagine drawing on glass. You will make many pendants and marbles on your own and have at least one opportunity to make a “monsterZ” one-on-one with Chad. We will also go over sculpture work, on turning your inside work outside—to mix it up a bit, and most importantly discuss your glass, your art, and where we all plan to go from here. *Stringer experience is helpful, but not necessary and newbies are welcome and will fit in fine. Chad Parker has been melting glass for over five years and making face marbles, which he calls “monsterZ,” for three years. At the beginning, Chad jumped around, trying to find a direction as there were so many to choose from in glass, but he really fell in love with the way he could make the colored glass move inside the clear. Chad made flower pendants, then he started writing names or initials. After making some smiley face pendants and marbles he quickly realized the effect faces have on people and the “smileZ my monsterZ” could make. Since then, Chad is addicted and devoted to making them. He really enjoys teaching classes at the Pittsburgh Glass Center; and the Glass Blowing Center in Hilliards, Pennsylvania; and his home studio in Fawn Township, Pennsylvania. He has demonstrated the MonsterZ making at the Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh; the Secret Cup in Denver, Colorado; and the Wheaton Arts Marble Show in Millville, New Jersey. He is always looking forward to meeting new people that admire and respect glass and the positive message it can send.

About This Organizer

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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