Steel Jewelry - Maia Leppo

Touchstone Center for Crafts

Friday, September 23, 2016 - Sunday, September 25, 2016
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437
Friday, September 23, 2016 - Sunday, September 25, 2016
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437

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What's Included

Explore the use of steel as an affordable, lightweight, alternative material for a variety of jewelry. Learn, experiment with, and apply different soldering, micro-welding, and riveting methods with 20 and 10 gauge steel wires. Personalize your jewelry with handy, non-toxic finishing techniques and added accents of your choice. The course will also cover riveting and soldering with other metals (silver, brass, copper, and tin). Simple mechanisms for pin backs, clasps, and earring wires will be covered to help make your piece complete. Please note: the hydraulic press will not be used during this workshop. Maia Leppo graduated from Tufts University in 2008 with a degree in biology and community health. After two years in the field of kidney research in Boston, Massachusetts, she quit her job and moved to Gatlinburg, Tennessee to participate in the work-study program at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. She continued her education at Pocosin Arts in Columbia, North Carolina and opened a gallery there. She now is a studio artist and instructor in Chicago and has completed her MFA at State University of New York, New Paltz. Her work has been shown internationally at Schmuck in Munich, Germany and Galerie Marzee in Nijmegen, Netherlands, as well as juried shows throughout the United States, including Dedee Shattuck Gallery in Westport, Massachusetts; the Florida Craftsman Gallery in St. Petersburg, Florida; and the Queens Museum in New York.

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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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