Liz Spencer

With experience tending organic natural dye gardens nestled between rows of a family heritage orange grove in southern California, the urban sidewalks of Brooklyn New York, and in the tradition of an English community garden in London, Liz Spencer has devoted an artistic practice to her insatiable curiosity of coaxing color from plants.

She grew up watching the Carolina dogwoods bloom each spring, and their arrival each year signified the beginning of a new season of color and life. After time in the Carolinas, Massachusetts, Oregon & Washington states as well as the South of France & the UK, she now splits her time between Southern California and New York City teaching with the ambition to increase sustainable literacy & practices in the fashion and textiles industries.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Linfield College & a Master of Arts from the world’s leading sustainable fashion graduate program ‘Fashion & the Environment’ at the London College of Fashion. She has taught fashion, sustainability, and natural dyeing at Parsons the New School and continually teaches at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She was a venture fellow at the Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator (BF+DA) and an intern in the inaugural year of the Sewing Seeds Program at The Textile Arts Center.

She has years of experience foraging, growing & processing natural dye plants as well as experience in fiber farming with sheep, alpacas, llamas and goats. This work taught her much about the importance of the links between a balanced environment, happy animals, thriving farmers & resilient local economies.

Liz is now finding a new rhythm by the ocean in San Clemente, CA.

Emily Beidler

Biography: Emily Smucker-Beidler has been teaching art in public schools for 22 years. She currently teaches in the Hempfield schools.  Her artistic education began at her grandmother’s knee, who once confided in her that she’d “rather quilt than eat.” She also provided Emily’s first color theory lesson. “In braiding rugs,” she said, “you should always start with two dulls and one bright.” Then she leaned a little closer and added, “But my mother liked bright colors. Sometimes she would use two brights and one dull.”  Since then Emily’s knowledge of color theory has been broadened by a degree in art education from Goshen College and a master’s in art education from Millersville University.

Averill Shepps

Averill Shepps has been working in enamels for 50 years, making her living as an enamelist for most of that time producing bowls, plates, wall pieces and jewelry for sale and exhibition. Many of her techniques are her own development, and she has taught workshops throughout the United States. She has exhibited work in the U.S., Canada, England, and South Korea. Her work has been featured in: The Art of Enameling, Contemporary Enameling: Art & Techniques, and 500 Enameled Object as well as in several articles and 2 cover articles in Glass on Metal. She has been elected to her sixth term as President of The Enamelist Society.

Allison Severance

Allison grew up on a rural farm and earned a BA in Art from Hood College in Frederick, Md.

She also studied Painting and Printmaking and Art Education at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

While a stay at home mom, Allison discovered clay in her late 30’s. She apprenticed with wood fire potters Bill VanGilder and John Thies. She immediately established her first pottery and built her first wood kiln – a catenary arch cross draft. In 2012 she relocated and built another wood kiln- a downdraft bourry box.

Her goal is to make good pots for good food.

Her pots have been included in numerous national and international exhibitions, including Salzbrand Keramics in Germany, the Orton Cone Box Show and the Strictly Functional Show here in the states. Allison has been included in numerous publications, including Clay Times Magazine; Ceramics Monthly; The Log Book, International Wood-Fired Ceramics Publication; and Salzbrand Keramics 2004. She currently makes and fires at her studio in Cascade, Maryland and teaches at the Art League in Alexandria, Virginia.

Taylor Riley

I’m a fiber artist striving to create work that tells stories through bright colors and lush textures using natural fibers. In 2018, I founded Myth and Moss to create unique pieces for homes and events and share my love of making through creative education. My mission is to build a community where people can come together to be creative and learn new skills.

Ted Rasmussen

Ted is a retired industrial arts teacher with 32 years of experience, and he has been a woodturner for 42 years. His diverse turnings include toothpick holders, weed vases, lamps, saffron boxes, lidded jewel vessels, tops, honey dippers, plates, platters, bowls, and stair balusters. Ted has shown and sold his work at many state craft fairs and local shows in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. His work is also for sale in several galleries in Lancaster and Reading, PA.

Sarah Pike

I am a full-time potter living and making pots in Fernie, British Columbia, Canada. I make functional slab-built pottery in my home studio on an acre of land on the edge of a little ski town. I live in a renovated old mining house with my husband, two kids and a dog named Lily.

Mike Pekovich

MICHAEL PEKOVICH studied furniture making, fine art, and graphic design, and he’s been putting those skills to use designing and building furniture for over 30 years. For the last 20 of those, he’s also been busy as the art director at Fine Woodworking magazine and most recently as the author of The Why and How of Woodworking, where his aim is to communicate woodworking how-to in a clear and inspiring way. His work has appeared on the cover of Fine Woodworking numerous times, and he has written several articles and appeared in several video-project series for the magazine. In Mike’s workshops, he stresses fundamental woodworking skills and techniques, from sharpening to layout to cutting joinery, which you just have to know in order to do good work.
By understanding the big picture of how a piece comes together, from wood selection to milling to joinery to finishing, students come away from his workshops with the knowledge and confidence to tackle projects in their own shop and have more fun doing it.

Y’vonne Page-Magnus

Y’vonne Page-Magnus, a native of Philadelphia who has a passion for the Arts. While living in New York she discovered a passion for semi-precious stones and freshwater pearls. Soon after she went to study abroad obtaining a B. A. in Fine Arts from ‘AIU’ London, England. ‘Design Your Own Jewelry’ a bespoke jewelry concession was pitched and launched in both ‘Fenwicks’ of Bond Street and ‘Harrods’ department stores. After returning to Philadelphia Y’vonne began teaching ‘Design Your Own Jewelry’ W O R K S H O P while designing jewelry collections and doing Pop-Ups through-out Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Beth Moser

My Published Work Can Be Found:
Bead and Button, 25 Beaded Bracelets, 2015 Collector’s Edition
Beadwork Issue 2015, Contributor Question
Beadwork Issue August 2015, Challenge Issue
Beadwork Issue October 2015
Quick and Easy Beadwork 2015
Special Issue Winter 2015
Holiday EBook Issue 2015
Creative Beading, Bead and Button, Vol. 9 2014
Bead and Button Extra Magazine August 2013
Bead and Button Magazine February 2013
Beadwork Magazine Favorite Bead Stitches August 2012
Beadwork E Magazine Fall 2011 (Fabulous Peyote Stitch with Crystal Accents)
Step-by-Step Beads Magazine Jan/Feb 2010
Beading Daily 2010
The Best of Step-by-Step Beads Magazine 2010
Beadwork Magazine August/Sept. 2010

Diane Maurer

Diane Maurer-Mathison’s decorative papers have been shown in galleries and museums throughout the world. Numerous design commissions include work for Lenox China, Harper Collins Publishers and Godiva Chocolates. She is the author of thirteen books on paper art and has demonstrated marbling and paste paper design on several television shows. In addition to writing, teaching workshops and selling marbling supplies, Diane produces collages, handbound books and wearable art for fine crafts galleries.

Jessica Keemer

Jessica Keemer is an award winning studio artist in Lancaster, Pa. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Millersville University and also has a degree in Art Education and a Masters Degree in Environmental Systems Management. She has studied at the New Approach Jewelers School in Virginia Beach, Va. and at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY. Jessica is a PA State-Juried Artist and currently serves as a State Board Member to the PA Guild of Craftsmen.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter Cassidy and her husband, Tom. She loves the ocean and enjoys paddle boarding and salt water fishing. Jessica also collects seashells, drift wood, coral, fossils and other interesting pieces of nature which inspires her work. She also practices yoga, gardens and loves to travel.

Lisa Haldeman

Lisa Haldeman is a local, self-taught fiber and polymer clay artist whose miniature dolls and whimsical wool creations have been displayed and sold at craft shows, galleries, and online stores for 15 years.  She has taught classes at SPLAT Studio in Annville, Hope at Hand Ministry (various locations) and at Landis Valley.  She especially loves helping people learn the fun and fulfilling craft of needle felting!

Matthew Guiliano

Matthew Guiliano is a painter and sculptor who lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His work is bright, colorful and meant to bring joy to the people who see it. He received his BFA from Pennsylvania College of Art & Design in 2014 and his works have been featured in various galleries and pop up events across Pennsylvania. His most recent public works were in partnership with the Fairmount CDC on Girard Avenue in the Brewerytown neighborhood of Philadelphia and with Lancaster Public Art for an installation in the Lancaster Amtrak Station from June 2018-January 2019.

Molly Grant

Molly Grant began leatherworking in her early 20’s, first by working on her own and then by apprenticing at the Black Swan Leather shop in Portsmouth, NH, where she learned the basic skills of traditional leatherworking. She first saw Cordwainer Shoes when she was ten years old at the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair, known nationally as the oldest craft fair in the nation. She became a juried member in 1989, and participated by showing her line of handbags. There, she had the opportunity to meet Paul Mathews, owner of the Cordwainer Shop. Within a few months’ time Molly was traveling to craft shows nationally with Paul and learning the Cordwainer art. Molly still makes handbags, but the main business is teaching shoemaking workshops at the Deerfield, New Hampshire shop and at craft schools across the country.

Henry Gepfer

Henry Gepfer is an artist from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He holds an MFA in Printmaking from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education from Millersville University of Pennsylvania. In 2013, Henry was a finalist in the Print Center’s 87th Annual International Competition and in the summer of 2015 he completed the College and Post-Graduate Apprentice Training Program at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has been a resident artist at Zygote Press in Cleveland Ohio and Sparkbox Studio in Picton, Ontario, Canada.

Elizabeth Gates

Elizabeth Gates, juried Guild member, bookbinder, box maker, and paper decorator.  She loves exploring the wealth of ways books are constructed and using her own papers in their execution.

Kathleen Forney

I am a fused glass artist, based in Elizabethtown, and have been creating designs in glass for years. Prior to glass, I have worked with various mediums, which include, mosaics, enamels, acrylics, mixed media, and clay.  My role as a “professional artist” began at the early age of 10 when I sold my first painting in our family’s gallery in Berkeley Heights, NJ. My inspiration continues to be the amazing gems in nature waiting to be discovered. Over the years I have had the privilege to teach various mediums to enthusiastic students who range in age from 6 years of age to late adulthood.  As a teacher, it is rewarding to watch students create “their masterpiece”. I strive to make my classes for all students engaging, rewarding, and fun.


Robbin Firth

I have been a fiber artist for over 20 years, focusing primarily on the art forms of felting, textile dyeing, and eco/botanical printing on textiles. Currently, I run a working/teaching art studio in Hudson, WI, at the Seasons on St. Croix Gallery. As a teaching artist, I have developed a number of original workshops on various felting and dyeing techniques, and I have taught these workshops locally, regionally and internationally for a number of years. I have been an invited artist instructor at The Textile Center in Minnesota, the Midwest Felting Symposium, International Feltmakers Association, featured in “Worldwide Colors of Felt” book in 2016, along with many other venues. My collection of wearable and decorative fiber art consists of garments, accessories, home decor objects, and wall art. My work has been in several exhibitions, publications, and is in many private collections in the US.

Along with my business partner and husband, Harry Firth, we designed the innovative patented Palm Washboard line of tools for wet felting.

Jane Fetner

My name is Jane Fetner and I have over 19 years as a photography instructor (classroom setting/private tutoring), including basic and advanced principles of photography, basic and advanced lighting, macro/close-up photography, how to photograph your artwork, product photography, and action photography or how to use your camera better. Rated by students at a 99% approval rate in post-class surveys. Additionally, I possess extensive hands-on knowledge of digital and film cameras and accessories. Please do not settle for anything less than in an image, know that good photography is a skill that can be learned.

Additionally, I have over 30 years experience as a professional photographer. I know what quality photography looks like because I have studied with some of the best and I have made the effort to continue to learn as technology changes.

Harrisburg Area Community College
Adjunct Instructor
Dates Employed
Jan 2003 – Present
Employment Duration
15 yrs 10 mos
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Area
Currently teaching photography classes at HACC. Please check their website listings under non-credit for details. Provided instruction through Continuing Education Center to HACC students in photography to include Basic Photography Principles, Basic and Advanced Lighting, Action Photography and Macro Photography. Also designed and instructed classes for Camps on Campus for HACC’s youth summer camp. Designed and held workshops with field trips for students, including photography excursions to the Philadelphia Flower Show and Ricketts Glen State Park. Created and presented a digital photography program for an in-service day for HACC employees. In 2010, developed the Practical Photography Certificate Program for HACC’s Continuing Education Center. Coordinated the Center’s first annual Photography Expo, which featured state-of-the-art camera and lighting equipment, as well as lectures by professional photographers and leading industry lighting experts. Rated by students at a 99% approval rate in post-class surveys.

Carlisle Camera – April 1999 – November 2015
Photography Instructor
Dates Employed
Apr 1999 – Nov 2015
Employment Duration
16 yrs 8 mos
Mechanicsburg, PA
Experienced photography instructor (classroom setting/private tutoring), including basic and advanced principles of photography, basic and advanced lighting, and macro photography. Rated by students at a 99% approval rate in post-class surveys. Additionally, possesses extensive hands-on knowledge of digital and film cameras and accessories.

Margery Erickson

Margery Erickson received Master Artisan status with the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen in 1991. She specialized in hand weaving and wearable art. Other fiber interests include spinning yarn, crocheting, and knitting. Her formal education includes a degree in Social Science from Penn State and a Master’s degree from Millersville University in Special Education.

Lisa Ditty

After years in the fashion business, Lisa Parmer Ditty transitioned into marriage and motherhood.  But, she took and unexpected journey to rediscover her creative roots and enrolled in a metal-smith class.  Wanting to combine her love of fashion and her new found craft, LPDstudios was born.  In her studio, she discovered the contradiction of leather and metal and has merged these two mediums with an end result of a beautifully designed piece of artistry and craft.  Her unique collection of custom leather handbags, metal and leather jewelry, even pet items reflect a bit of whimsy, her ever evolving ideas and her love of the journey.  Each design is handmade by the maker herself in her Pennsylvania studio.

Susan Burlingame

I am a retired register nurse. My love of clay started in high school when I took a ceramic class. I started working with clay in a community group ceramics studio in 2008 and have moved my daily practice to my home studio when I founded Grace Creek Ceramics. I hand build as well as throw on the wheel. I have my pieces in a small gallery in St. Michaels Maryland. I attend learning workshops several times each year and enjoy the clay community.

Amy Burk

Amy Burk Pottery was founded in 2012.  Amy has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Penn State University and has studied at Anne Arundle Community College and St. John’s College, both in Annapolis, MD.

Nancy Bryant

My passion for gemstones, metals, and natural materials came to life while studying  Anthropology in college. From many trips to museums and hours spent studying ancient cultures, my interest in the creation of jewelry grew.
In spite of my background, or maybe because of it, I continued my education by taking metalsmithing courses in basic design and construction. I tried my hand working for several fine jewelers. Working every day in design, repair, remounting, pearl stringing; as well as sales and customer service. I loved the experience it gave me. Every day was something new and the variety of jewelry I was exposed to was limitless.
As my family grew, I decided to launch my own line from home. Doing many juried art and craft festivals, and selling to a few select boutiques. Finally, in 2009 Nancy Jane’s Jewelry was launched. I am lucky enough to engage my creativity on a daily basis,  craft something with my own hands and market it in a way that reflects my personality. I continue to challenge myself by taking several new courses every year and continually incorporating new ideas into my line.
I’m not sure who to credit for this quote but love the idea it expresses.
“Jewelry is our personal link between earth and culture, metal and history, nature and art. It takes our form, it holds our marks, it truly interacts with our rhythms and cadences.
In every era, in every land, and in every culture, jewelry touched people. It still does.”

Deena Ball

Deena’s love of nature, science, and art comes together when she paints outside. She is a
student of nature who is constantly amazed at the natural world. She paints to help
others see, respect, and conserve the beauty in our natural world.

Marjolaine Arsenault

Marjolaine Arsenault received a B.A. in Fine Arts, from Concordia University, Montreal,
Canada. Her background as a graphic designer and later on as a garden designer is
reflected in all her pieces.

Marjolaine is a fiber artist creating garments and accessories in a felt making process
fusing hand-dyed silk and wool fiber to make seamless garments. Composition, color
harmony, and texture are integral to every one-of-a-kind creation. Marjolaine seeks to
drape the body with style and beauty in contemporary pieces of wearable art. She
travels the country to sell at various juried fine craft shows and to teach workshops. She
was awarded the Collector’s Award at the Palm Beach Fine Craft Show and the
Outstanding Achievement Award at the Chicago Botanical Garden Craft Show. Her
collection was presented in the Electric City Fashion Shows in 2016 and 2017. Her
garments were published in Worldwide Colors of Felt and Fiber Art Now. She is a
member of the Northeast Feltmakers Guild.


Bob Antonishak

Bob Antonishak lives in West Chester, PA.  He is on the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and President of the Chester County Craft Guild chapter.  In 2006, he taught himself the Nantucket basket weaving process and has since completed nearly 200 baskets.  In 2015 he took up woodturning to expand his Nantucket basket molds, rims, bases, and lids capabilities and enhancements.  His woodturning expanded to creating turned bowls, pens, and lidded boxes.  Since 1995 Bob and his family have been making Ukrainian Pysanky dyed eggs during the Easter season.

Basia Andrusko

About the Instructor:

Basia has been writing Pysanky for over four decades, gathering in the kitchen during Lent to carry on the Ukrainian tradition.

She finds the creation process very soothing and meditative, and look forward to the moment of melting off the wax to reveal the design. She writes pysanky with traditional patterns but also enjoys creating egg art with fresh interpretations and original designs. Making jewelry on eggshells using the traditional pysanka technique has enabled her to share this age-old technique with an ever-growing audience.

Lindsay Ackerman

Lindsay Ackerman currently lives in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania with her Golden Retriever Marty. After graduating from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in 2017, she began her freelance career with pet portraits on multiple mediums.