Wood, Clay, Fire - Dan Kuhn

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

Join us for the firing of Touchstone's two-chamber Naborigama style kiln. We will glaze, load, and fire the kiln in three days. Students will break up in teams and will work with the instructor throughout the entire process of firing the kiln. Additionally, we will be making works in the studio during the firing. Students should bring 15 to 30 mid-sized pieces made from cone 10 clay only. Daniel Kuhn is a western Pennsylvania native, who earned his BFA at California University of Pennsylvania and his MFA in ceramics and furniture design at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has worked as a ceramics teacher and technician at Wortendyke Studio, Chautauqua's VACI art program, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Society for Contemporary Crafts, and Community College of Allegheny County. Daniel is also the owner of Ton Pottery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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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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