The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen offers an array of classes for adults in blacksmithing, glass, jewelry, fiber, wood, and pottery. Our workshops are accessible for everyone, with most being suitable for beginners. We strive to continually connect our Guild members and local artists to the local community through education. Join us for an afternoon or evening and learn a new skill!
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The Guild has installed plumbing to operate our Flame Shop safely for glass workshops. This will create more educational prospects for students and income opportunities for our instructors.
The majority of our students live in Lancaster County as well as our instructors. Our glass instructors bring their scientific knowledge of the discipline making it a true STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Math) project.
This studio makes possible varied educational classes including marbles, beads, ornaments, jewelry, and more, and expands our workshop offerings for learners aged 12 and up.
The flame shop installation was made possible through funding from The Steinman Foundation.
We are grateful to our sponsors: Tempchek Mechanical Services, UGI, and PNC Bank.
Painted Barn Quilt
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Instructor: Kathleen Forney Skill Level: Beginner Create a mesmerizing painted barn quilt in this new workshop with Kathleen Forney! The finished design is on exterior 1/2 inch lightweight exterior primed wood with exterior paint. Students will have a choice of design and colors. The finished design measures 2’x 2′. All materials are included in the Continue reading
Glass Flower Pendants
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Jessica Keemer Skill Level: Beginner Make a beautiful glass flower pendant in this fun workshop! Students will use borosilicate color rods to make their flower pendants. Students will make approximately 2-3 pieces. All materials are included in the tuition. No experience is necessary. Appropriate for students aged 13 and up. Cancellation/Refund Policy: Continue reading
Introduction to Glassblowing: Christmas Ball Ornaments
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Instructor: Michael Peluso Skill Level: Beginner Join us for an evening introduction to glassblowing and explore the world of glass while learning how to make your own holiday ornaments! Come knowing nothing, leave with lots of knowledge and your own creations. No prior experience is required. All materials are included in the tuition. *** Please Continue reading
Glass Bead Wine Bottle Stopper
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Instructor: Jessica Keemer Skill Level: Beginner Learn the art of flameworking while making unique glass beads for a one-of-a-kind wine bottle stopper! Jeweler and flameworker, Jessica Keemer, will teach students the basics of making beads with borosilicate glass, color frit, and color rods. Each student will leave the class with a beautiful wine bottle stopper. Students Continue reading
Stained Glass Snowflakes
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Instructor: Dan Hayward Skill Level: Beginner During this one-day workshop, stained glass Master Artisan Dan Hayward will share his techniques for creating “snowflakes” from stained glass. Dan will help you through each of the steps from selecting materials, shaping with a grinder, applying copper foil, positioning the pieces, soldering, and finishing. Participants will be able Continue reading
Wood Carved Christmas Ornaments
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Instructor: Barry Miller Skill Level: Beginner Join us as we carve a Christmas ornament. You will have your choice of subjects that range from a small snowman figure to Santa head. The project chosen may be determined by your carving experience. This will be a fun project you can enjoy for years to come. This Continue reading
I live in Denver with wife of 30 years, Diana, and we have three adult children; Emily, Andrew and Allyson. We also have two grandchildren; Olivia and Jeremiah. I work locally for an Alarm Service provider as a Fire Alarm Designer and Systems Engineer. We enjoy camping when we have the time as well as hiking. I grew up in Lancaster County PA and graduated from Cocalico High School and then served in the United States Army for three years and the Oregon Army National Guard while in College.
Modular Origami Christmas Ornaments
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Instructor: Amanda Church of Whimsical Folds Skill Level: Beginner Learn the art of Modular Origami in this new class! Students will make their own unique Christmas ornaments out of an array of colorful paper. All materials will be provided. Cancellation/Refund Policy: To purchase a ticket at the member discounted rate, please login here.Continue reading
I have loved crafts since I was young and always enjoyed paper crafts since it is a material easy to obtain and inexpensive. Having spent many years as a Bookkeeper, crafting has always been a good way to relax and unwind. Modular Origami is my main passion as the designs that can be produced are limitless. It is a way to spread joy with paper without words.
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Instructor: Donna Lashof Skill Level: Beginner In this creative workshop, participants will learn to roll clay slabs, cut out shapes and use various textures to create heart decorations. Each participant will create several heart pieces – a jewelry dish, a wall hanging and/or a garland. The instructor will fire the finished pieces in her studio Continue reading
Make a Ceramic Feathered Winter Tree
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Instructor: Susan Burlingame Skill Level: Beginner Make a ceramic feathered winter tree. Trees will be made using a pattern to cut out and build clay into a pyramid tree form. Each layer can be textured with items brought in from home or provided texture tools. Instructor will take finished trees home to dry slowly, glaze Continue reading
Date Night: Glassblowing
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Instructor: Michael Peluso Skill Level: Beginner Join us for this fun date night class! Come knowing nothing, and leave with lots of knowledge and your own creations. Shot glass and a bud vase are some examples of what can be made in this workshop. No prior experience is required. All materials are included in the Continue reading