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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Our Project

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.


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  • Gold & Silver Stacking Rings
     2024-07-31
     6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Instructor: Jessica Keemer Skill Level: Beginner Make three stacking rings in this fun workshop! Students will learn how to size, form, solder, and finish two 14 k gold-filled bands and one sterling silver band. Techniques in texturizing metal and polishing will be covered in class. Students will leave with three beautiful rings that they can wear Continue reading

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  • Bead Fest - Soft Glass Flameworking: Plant Stake Mushrooms
     2024-08-01
     10:30 am - 1:00 pm

Instructor: Ilene Schenkel Skill Level: Beginner Flameworking with soft glass, you will start with a basic barrel shape, add and shape glass mushroom caps, and then apply some creative designs to the cap and base with your choice of colors. Add these adorable 9-11” handcrafted plant stakes to liven up your potted plants or fairy Continue reading

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  • Ilene Schenkel
    Ilene is a member of the PA Guild of Craftsmen. She is on the Boards of the PA Guild of Craftsmen (PGC) as well as the Lancaster Designer Craftsmen Chapter of the PGC. She has a successful Etsy shop and has participated in some local art fairs. Her glass works are displayed at the Guild store, other shops in Lancaster, and in other locations in Pennsylvania. Ilene has been flameworking for over 15 years and recently completed classes at the Studio at Corning and at the Tuscarora Lapidary Society. Etsy site – beadsbyileneshop – https://etsy.me/30m2RtN

  • Bead Fest - Flameworking Glass: Individual Session
     2024-08-01
     2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Instructor: Phil Hackman Skill Level: Beginner This workshop will be a free forum designed for the student to address techniques, artistic process, color theory and application, flame chemistry, research and development strategies, development of fundamentals, core design, etc. with the intention to grow in specific areas of interest. Drawing from over 20 years experience of Continue reading

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  • Bead Fest - Flameworking Glass: Individual Session
     2024-08-01
     6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Instructor: Phil Hackman Skill Level: Beginner This workshop will be a free forum designed for the student to address techniques, artistic process, color theory and application, flame chemistry, research and development strategies, development of fundamentals, core design, etc. with the intention to grow in specific areas of interest. Drawing from over 20 years experience of Continue reading

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  • Bead Fest: Flameworked Glass Cactus
     2024-08-02
     10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Instructor: Phil Hackman Skill Level: Beginner In this class, students will learn the art of flame-working glass to create beautiful and unique cactus sculptures. Students will start by learning the basic techniques of flame-working, including safety procedures, tool handling, and glass shaping. They will then move on to creating a cactus sculpture using these techniques. Continue reading

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  • Bead Fest: Intro to Sculpting Glass
     2024-08-02
     2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Instructor: Phil Hackman Skill Level: Beginner In this workshop students will be led to address the common techniques to create and issues involved with beginner level sculpting of borosilicate glass. We’ll draw from a variety of forms in application using the characteristics of each to hone in on a technical and aesthetic understanding of the Continue reading

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  • Bead Fest: Frit Glass Beaded Pendants
     2024-08-02 - 2024-08-03
     6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Instructor: Jessica Keemer Skill Level: Beginner Make a Frit Glass Pendant and add your strung beads from Bead Fest to make a  complete one-of-a-kind necklace! Join us for a dynamic and inspiring experience where craftsmanship meets creativity, and your artistic expression is taken to new heights. All materials are included in the tuition. Cancellation/Refund Policy:  Continue reading

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  • Bead Fest: Beginning Flameworked Glass Beads
     2024-08-03
     10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Instructor: Jessica Keemer Skill Level: Beginner Unlock the captivating world of flame-worked glass bead making in this hands-on and engaging class designed for adults exploring this mesmerizing art form for the first time.  Led by experienced instructor, Jessica Keemer, this course provides a unique opportunity to  delve into the ancient craft of shaping glass with Continue reading

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  • Ice Cream Mosaic
     2024-08-03
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Instructor: Aya Kinoshita Skill level: Beginner Glass and tiles can make up a variety of yummy looking ice cream mosaics! In this new workshop, Aya will teach you how to cut the glass pieces and tiles, glue them to the board, and grout it. Everyone will make one ice cream mosaic (about 5-inch tall). All Continue reading

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  • Aya Kinoshita
    Aya Kinoshita is a mosaic artist living in Lancaster, PA. She is originally from Tokyo, Japan. She has enjoyed working with visual and performing artists and also researching and teaching about art management and cultural anthropology. Since 2016, she has been making mosaics and made multiple mosaic murals for Penn State Medical Centers in and around Lancaster. https://ayatrapeze.wixsite.com/mosaics

  • Woven Wall Hanging
     2024-08-03
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Instructor: Beckie Hynes Skill Level: Beginner Weave a tapestry wall hanging in this fun class! Students will learn the basics of weaving on a frame loom, including various techniques to add texture and dimension. Each student will complete one wall hanging during class. Please bring paper and a pencil for sketching ideas. All materials are included Continue reading

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