Paperclay for Teens: Handbuilding Functional Vessels and Sculptural Objects - Danna Rzecznik

Touchstone Center for Crafts

Monday, June 27, 2016 - Friday, July 1, 2016
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437
Monday, June 27, 2016 - Friday, July 1, 2016
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437

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What's Included

Paperclay is a versatile material that allows you to create expressive art works and functional vessels. Have fun experimenting with new techniques in handbuilding and surface decoration, as well as new techniques that are unique to working with paperclay. Explore the creative possibilities! Your work will be fired and glazed at the end of the class. Danna Eve Rzecznik, who resides and works in Pittsburgh, is currently an MFA candidate at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and will graduate spring 2016. She earned a BFA in ceramics from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and K–12 Art Education Certification from Carlow University in Pittsburgh. Danna presented on stage for two days with Steven Hill and Fong Choo at the Mid-Atlantic Clay Festival in 2015. She also was an artist-in-residence at the International Ceramics Studio in Keskemet, Hungary in 2015. Danna won the Juror’s Award in 2012 at the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Arts Festival and was their top 2011 Emerging Artist Scholarship winner. Her work has been exhibited and sold at Baltimore Clayworks; Celadon-A Clay Art Gallery in Watermill, New York; Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater; GalleriE CHIZ in Pittsburgh; Sweetwater Center for the Arts in Sewickley, Pennsylvania; and the Hoyt Institute of Fine Art in New Castle, Pennsylvania. Her work is currently for sale at the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh and Touchstone Center for Crafts in Farmingdale, Pennsylvania. Danna has taught K–5 art in public schools in South Carolina as well as art and ceramics classes, workshops, and outreach at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Carnegie Museum of Art, Father Ryan Art Center, Society for Contemporary Craft, Touchstone Center for Crafts, Gannon University, and Carlow University.

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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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