Lost and Found: Refining Metalsmithing Basics through Heirloom Upgrades and Found Object Inclusions - Jenny Butterfield

Touchstone Center for Crafts

Monday, August 24, 2015 - Friday, August 28, 2015
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437
Monday, August 24, 2015 - Friday, August 28, 2015
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437

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What's Included

All Levels | Class Time: Monday–Friday | Learn the very first skills that any metalsmith acquires: sawing, filing, and sanding; a variety of cold-connecting techniques; and basic soldering skills. By learning to work with metal without the use of heat or solder, you can explore your creativity in a low-risk environment to gain confidence as well as incorporate found objects and heirloom pieces that would otherwise be damaged by fire. We will cover the cold-connecting techniques of riveting, two-part epoxy, tab-setting, and the use of concrete. For those interested in creating simple settings or earring findings may learn simple torch skills. You are encouraged to bring a selection of heirloom pieces or found objects for incorporation into your work. Objects may include wood, paper or old photographs, old costume jewelry, stones or broken pottery, fabric, and so forth. Be creative, the sky is the limit!

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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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